LOVINGSTON - The Gretna Hawks’ football team had a successful road trip Friday. The Hawks defeated the Nelson County Governors, 67-20, with several big runs from their ground attack.
“We finally got going and played well after we started slowly,” said head coach Cole Simpson. Nelson took an 8-0 lead early with a 25-yard touchdown pass. An 18-yard run by Cam Mabins and a 53-yard run by Daelyn Miller put Gretna ahead 15-8 to end the first quarter.
The Hawks suffered a serious injury in the second quarter as freshman defensive player Matt Thompson was carted off with an injury after a lengthy delay. “Preliminary stuff looks good,” Simpson said following the game.
Two touchdown runs by Jorden Berger extended the lead in the second quarter, 27-8. Defensive lineman Corlyn Witcher added some excitement as time expired at the half when he picked off a pass and took it 69 yards for a touchdown. “I always go for the pass deflect, but this time the ball was coming straight to me, so I caught it and ran toward the pylon,” Witcher said.
Mabins opened the second half with a 65-yard scoring run. After a Nelson touchdown, Miller ran in a score of his own from 70 yards out. Mabins answered another Governor touchdown with a 70-yard scoring run of his own to close the third quarter scoring, 53-20. A 67-yard score by Berger and a 90-yard score from Taelyn Miller on his lone carry ended the night’s scoring. “We had a much better week of preparation,” Simpson said. “We did more blocking.”
Berger led the team with 18 carries for 212 yards. Daelyn Miller had a big game of his own with eight runs for 172 total yards. Mabins finished with 163 yards on five carries. “We have good, fast backs and a good offensive line,” Simpson said.
Kyle Durham was the leading tackler on defense with eight total tackles. Mabins, Devonte Blair and Evan Gibson each had four tackles. Witcher had two sacks and Brandon Sexton had one sack. Taelyn Miller had an interception and Ray Jefferson recovered a fumble. Rey Canares made five extra points.
The Hawks host Appomattox Friday at 7 p.m. “They are tough to prepare for and always well coached,” Simpson said.