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Hawks remain unbeaten

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By JANET HAIGLER
For the Progressive Journal

The New Heights Hawks are off to a 3-0 start, beating McBee, 20-6 and Lewsville, 14-6.
Against McBee, Ronnie McBride got the Hawks on board early in the first quarter on a 3-yard touchdown. The conversion attempt failed.
In the second quarter, Daniel Leaird hit Brayden Zerr with a 22-yard touchdown pass. Zach Sowell made the two-point conversion for a 14-0 score  at halftime.
The second half the Panthers came out with some fire and scored on a long drive making the score 14-6.
The Hawks scored their last touchdown on a 35-yard punt return to make the final score 20-6.
“The Hawks didn’t play their best game, but managed to pull out the victory,” said coach Billy Blakeney. “In order for us to continue to win, we must play better. As a coach I didn’t see the commitment or effort that we need to have on the field, but we will correct that.”
Florence limited New Height to one day of practice before facing Lewisville Middle School last Thursday night. On the first play of the game, Leaird hooked up with Sowell on a 50-yard bomb.
New Heights won 14-6.
“With such a fast start things looked good,” Blakeney said, “but that certainly wasn’t the case. Instead of keeping the gas on the pedal, it was if the air was sucked out of the Hawks. We turned the ball over several times with one turnover giving the Lions an 80-yard score.”
Early in the second quarter Terry Johnson scored on a 15-yard run for a 12-6 halftime lead.
The second half turned was a defensive battle. The Hawks had the big play, a safety for the 14-6 final score.
“Raymond Glenn played an outstanding game on defense,” Blakeney said. “It seemed as if he was making every tackle. If we get the other ten players playing like Raymond, we’re going to be OK. Leaird has completed five touchdown passes in the first three games and continues to improve every week.”
New Heights hosts North Central Thursday night at 5:30 at Central High.