Daelyn Miller and the Gretna Hawks’ football team got revenge for last season’s playoff exit.
The Hawks defeated Radford Friday, Nov. 22, 48-20, after losing to the Bobcats last year, also in the second round of the playoffs.
“It was a good one tonight,” said head coach Cole Simpson.
Miller led his team with six touchdowns along with 222 yards on 21 carries and one catch for 53 yards. He also led the defense with nine tackles and an interception.
“He’s a senior and a four-year starter,” Simpson said. “He’s not going out without a fight.”
Miller was humble about his achievements.
“I just did what I had to do to help my team get the win,” he said.
The Hawks will travel to Appomattox Friday, Nov. 29 for the regional finals at 7 p.m.
“We are playing our best football at the right time of the year,” Simpson said. “We are excited about practicing on Thanksgiving.”
Miller echoed his coach’s sentiments.
“I’m confident in our game plan,” he said of the rematch with the Raiders.
The Hawks opened the first quarter strong Friday, scoring on a 53-yard touchdown pass from Tabron Mabins to Miller on their opening drive.
After an interception gave Radford strong field position later in the first, Miller quickly got the ball back to his offense with his own interception, setting up his own five-yard scoring run.
Protecting a 14-0 lead, a tackle for loss by Kyle Durham forced a three-and-out by the Bobcats early in the second.
Gretna’s defense again stood tall later in the quarter when Jorden Berger tackled Radford’s quarterback outside of the end zone on fourth-and-goal at the Gretna two-yard line.
Two plays later, Miller ran in a 95-yard touchdown for a 21-0 lead.
A 48-yard field goal by Radford ended the first half, 21-3.
After a roughing penalty by the Hawks, Radford scored on a 16-yard run early in the third, but their onside kick attempt just went out of bounds.
A 14-yard scoring run by Miller extended the Hawks, lead 28-10.
Radford added a 38-yard field goal, but Miller struck again on a six-yard score on third-and-five for a 35-13 lead to end the third.
The Bobcats opened the fourth with a six-yard score, but Miller again responded with a seven-yard touchdown of his own.
Taelyn Miller, Daelyn’s twin brother, recoverd a fumble and returned it 26 yards for a score of his own.
An interception by Cornelius Jefferson in the final moments sealed the win, 48-20.
“Our offense played well and our defense played well,” Simpson said.
Mabins completed three of five passes for 68 yards and had five carries for 53 yards.
“Our quarterback played well tonight,” Simpson said.
Berger finished with 15 carries for 40 yards. Cam Mabins had three carries for 35 yards.
Dominick Meeks had two catches for 14 yards.
Taelyn Miller had nine tackles to co-lead the team with his brother.
Durham finished with eight tackles, including two for losses.
Corlyn Witcher and Lamontavias Jefferson each had a sack.
Rey Canares coverted six extra points.