Weaver gets first victory since 2008
by Jared Gravette
Star Sports Writer
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WEAVER — The Bearcats were looking for a win for a number of reasons.

For starters, they hadn't had one since 2008.

And then this one was for their coach, the debut of Darryl Hamby.

After Susan Moore jumped out to a two-touchdown lead, Weaver came roaring back with 24 unanswered points and escaped with a 24-21 victory against Susan Moore on Friday night.

"It's a great feeling, a great feeling," Weaver coach Darryl Hamby said. "But it only lasts a day."

In the early going, it looked as if Susan Moore would cruise to an easy victory on Weaver's home turf, but the Bearcats were determined to pick up their first win since 2008.

The Bulldogs came out firing on all cylinders with a high-octane passing offense led by quarterback Justin Hawkins. Hawkins opened the game completing 5 of 6 passes for 49 yards, capping the first drive of the season with a 5-yard touchdown pass to Phillip McEvoy.

The Bearcats went three-and-out on their first two offensive possessions, and Hawkins took full advantage.

On the Bulldogs third possession, Preston Kent got behind the Weaver secondary and Hawkins found him for a 30-yard touchdown pass that put Susan Moore up by 14.

Hamby said his team may have been a little nervous in the beginning, but one big play turned everything around.

The Bearcats went to the air for the first time in 2010 to end the first quarter, and all the momentum shifted to Weaver's sideline. Quarterback Timothy Hawkins rolled out and lobbed a pass over a defender into Alex Merritt's hands, gaining 45 yards.

Quinnata Jones — who sat out the first quarter for undisclosed reasons — came in ready to make a difference. He handled the first three carries of the second quarter and put Weaver on the scoreboard with an 8-yard touchdown scamper.

"We had Quinnata Jones in there, who is a beast at running back. He can get some yards," Hamby said. "He does a great job, and when he gets the ball you have to pay attention to him because he is very dangerous."

Susan Moore took the ball after the Weaver touchdown and moved down the field with ease until Justin Hawkins' pass was tipped by a receiver into Timothy Hawkins' hands, giving the Bearcats the ball back.

Jones busted up the middle for 14 yards on the next play, setting up a 43-yard touchdown pass from Timothy Hawkins to P.J. Montgomery to knot the game at 14.

Freshman Chris English took over the game late in the second quarter, picking off a pass from Justin Hawkins that set up Santiago Balma's 25-yard field, giving Weaver the lead at halftime.

The Bearcats wouldn't have to wait long after the whistle blew to open the second half to add to their lead. English fielded the kickoff at the 15-yard line, scampered down the sideline, made a cut at the 50 and outran the Bulldogs for an 85-yard touchdown.

Hamby praised both English and Timothy Hawkins—both freshmen — after the game.

"Tremendous kids, great work ethic," Hamby said. "They are going to get better and better at what they do."

Both defenses stepped up until late in the fourth quarter. Weaver looked poised to score after Jones carried the ball to the 8-yard line, but English fumbled the snap and the Bulldogs recovered.

Justin Hawkins would then go to work, throwing for 52 yards and rushing for 39 more on a 9-play, 91-yard drive that ended with a 14-yard touchdown pass to Kent with 1:47 remaining.

Susan Moore recovered the onside kick after a Weaver player bobbled the ball, giving the Bulldogs one last shot at a win.

But the Bearcats' defense was stout, and English intercepted his second pass of the game on fourth down to seal the victory.

"I'm really proud of the way (we stepped up on defense)," Hamby said. "Because they were tired and we were cramping, and we stuck it in there. That is a great quarterback. He is probably one of the best ones I've seen in a while. He is a tough kid and never backs down from nothing, but we stood in there and got a lot stronger on that last possession."
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