The Gretna Hawks’ football team won the county for the season and will host a familiar foe in their playoff opener.
The Hawks defeated Chatham Friday, 83-9, to win the Star-Tribune’s Adams-Martin County Championship.
“It feels good,” head coach Cole Simpson said of taking home the trophy for the third straight season. “It’s one of our first goals every year.”
His players agreed.
“It’s always big to get the Star-Tribune trophy,” said star lineman Corlyn Witcher.
Gretna, the region’s third seed, will host six-seeded Dan River Friday at 7 p.m.
“Our team is good enough to go all the way, finish 5-0,” Witcher said.
Jorden Berger scored on a 64-yard run on his offense’s first play the game.
A fumble recovery by Lamontavias Jefferson set up a short score from Daelyn Miller.
Miller capped the first quarter scoring with a 30-yard run for a 21-0 lead.
RJ Stone opened the second quarter with a 43-yard run to put his team up 28-0.
Taelyn Miller recovered the onside kick, setting up a 41-yard touchdown pass from Tabron Mabins to Dominick Meeks.
DeAndre Miller and Daelyn Miller each had fumble recoveries that they returned for score for a 49-0 lead.
Mabins then hit Daelyn Miller with a 17-yard touchdown pass.
A 10-yard run by Berger extended the lead to 62-0, after the two-point conversion attempt failed.
The Cavaliers added a late field goal as the first half ended, 62-3.
Daelyn Miller and Cam Mabins scored on runs of 38 and 20 yards, respectively in the third.
Matthew Thompson ended his team’s scoring with a seven-yard run early in the fourth.
“Our backups scored the last couple of touchdowns,” Simpson said.
Chatham tacked on a late score for the final, 83-9.
“We don’t worry about the points,” Simpson said. “We just worry about playing our game and executing.”
Berger led the team with 144 yards on eight carries.
Daelyn Miller finished with eight carries for 94 yards.
RJ Stone had 71 yards on four rushes.
Cam Mabins had 67 yards on three carries.
Tabron Mabins was three for five passing for 65 yards.
Kyle Durham led the team with 10 tackles. He also converted three extra points.
Witcher finished with seven tackles and one sack.
Jefferson and DeAndre Miller each had seven tackles.
Caleb Ferguson finished with six tackles.
DeAndre Miller also had an interception.
Rey Canares finished with six extra points.
“We executed well tonight,” Simpson said. “It was our most complete game of the season.”