The Gretna Hawks’ football team will move to the second round of the playoffs.
The Hawks defeated Dan River, 42-0, last Friday and will travel to Radford this Friday for a 7 p.m. game.
“We don’t have to say a lot,” head coach Cole Simpson said of his postgame speech to his team. “We felt like we played a good game against them last time.”
The Hawks fell to Radford earlier this season, 21-20, in an overtime thriller.
Against Dan River, the Hawks kicked off and stopped the Wildcats four times for a turnover-on-downs.
Three plays later, Daelyn Miller ran in a 12-yard touchdown.
A strip sack by Lamontavias Jefferson led to a seven-yard score by Miller.
Jorden Berger ended the first quarter of scoring, 21-0, with a short touchdown run.
Earlier, Dominick Meeks had his punt return touchdown called back due to a blocking penalty.
The Hawks and Wildcats traded multiple turnovers in the second, as both teams finished with five apiece.
“We played really bad with the five turnovers,” Simpson said. “We were able to still win because the defense played a heck of a game.”
Berger added an eight-yard touchdown and DeAndre Miller returned an interception for a score to round out the first half scoring, 35-0.
In the third quarter, Tabron Mabins tacked on a 12-yard run for the final score, 42-0.
Daelyn Miller led the team with nine carries for 133 yards.
Berger finished with 16 carries for 89 yards.
Caleb Ferguson led the defense with eight tackles, two sacks and a fumble recovery.
DeAndre Miller had eight tackles and an interception.
Nykyi King had six tackles and one sack. Taelyn Miller also had six tackles.
Evan Gibson had an interception and Jefferson added a fumble recovery.
Rey Canares had four extra points.
“Defensively we played well,” Simpson said. “Offensively we played good, but we just had turnovers.”
Simpson stressed taking care of the ball as key to the Radford rematch.
“The first thing we have to do is play a turnover free game,” he said.