Don't Dwell on Hawthorne, Seven Rivers is Next
Reliving the Hawthorne loss, and what we have to do to beat Seven Rivers, tonight.
by: Judah carroll
In former P.K.Y. sports star Kahleil Jackson’s return to 1080 SW 11th St, he showed the Blue wave what they really lossed. Not just a football game, but an absolute superstar who’s out for blood on the field and obviously wanted to send a message to his former school.
Even with a loss, it’s always good to have a positive spin. Unfortunately Wave Gang, it wasn’t a pretty sight on September 7. To be blunt, we got waxed.
Jackson’s Hawthorne Hornets cruised to an easy victory against the Wave 46-20 with the score being a little deceitful as the Wave scored a “garbage time” touchdown on the last play of the game.
This isn’t the Comedy Central roast of P.K. Yonge football, it’s just the reality. We are still a very talented team, everyone has bad days and September 7th was a bad day for the Wave. Not the end of the world, just a bad day.
The crazy thing about that is, we actually started the game very well.
In a game where it seemed like we couldn’t move the ball to save our lives, we actually went right down the field on the opening drive.
During the first drive, we were moving the ball with ease on the ground and even in the air. Jacari Byrd connected on a beautiful throw to the sideline to Tyler Jordan on a big third down to get us in the red-zone. Junior running back Israel Wilcox Jr. did the rest by carrying the rock in for six. P.K. surprisingly decided to go for two, and came up short.
After the opening drive, P.K. was up, 6-0. Unfortunately, it was pretty much all downhill from there.
Hawthorne fumbled on their first drive, giving the ball back to the Wave. Instead of capitalizing on this and going up two scores, Jacari Byrd threw a comeback route to the sideline and watched as Hawthorne’s Justin Wright jumped the ball and took it 70 yards to the house.
At the end of the first quarter, the score was 7-6, Hornets.
The second quarter is where Kahleil Jackson and his squad left their mark.
In a wild quarter where both teams seemed like they were fumbling on every play, P.K.’s offense was pretty much irrelevant. They weren’t moving the ball at all after the first drive as Hawthorne’s 6’3” dual-threat quarterback in Jackson could not be stopped, running wild and making huge throws.
Jackson wasn’t the only Hornet to shine on the field.
Wide Receiver Justin Wright actually looked like Julio Jones under those Thursday night lights. He was absolutely unstoppable, catching two TD’s in the second quarter alone.
Wright went up for a 50/50 ball in the endzone against our arguably best defensive back in Tyler Jordan. What looked like a sure pick for the Blue Wave, was snatched right out of our hand by Wright for the Hawthorne score.
After a terrible quarter of football for the Blue Wave full of turnovers and explosive plays for the Hornets, Hawthorne included a 80-yard bomb from Jackson to Wright on the last play of the half. P.K. saw themselves in a hole, down 33-6 at the half.
Sadly, this isn’t one of those classic Blue Wave comeback stories.
In a slow, frustrating second half, the Wave did manage to put 14 more points on the board.
Wilcox Jr. ran another one in for his second score of the game in the third quarter. Freshman quarterback Adrian Bloodworth connected with former QB-turned-tight-end Taurus Coleman, who made a really nice grab for a Blue Wave touchdown as the last second rolled off the clock in the 4th quarter.
Even with that, it wasn’t very close.
At the end of the day, the quarterback gets the credit and the blame. Byrd could have played better. Jacari struggled to deliver the ball the whole game and he threw three interceptions. But--and that’s a big but--I don’t think Byrd deserves all the heat you would think.
Football starts in the trenches. Plain & simple. Why do you think Alabama wins 11-12 games every year? They dominate the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball.
Yes, Byrd could have thrown the ball better and he had three picks, but he also had three Hawthorne players hanging from his neck every time he snapped the ball. The line has to give him a chance. The line is very good, they just have to be more consistent.
This was a rough week, so this is gonna reflect that. But, this is a great team who is going to do great things and win lots of ball games. It just takes time to work out the kinks. I watched this team score 46 in a half in the preseason, I know what they are capable of. They just simply have to execute.
The bright side of having a bad week like we did, is that the Blue Wave should be extra motivated to go out and get a big W tonight against Seven Rivers Christian!
We won’t stay down, we will be back, we will bounce back!
Go Blue Wave!
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