HAWKINS — At halftime Big Sandy quarterback Preston Beason challenged each of his teammates to give it their all in the second half. His team responded scoring 21 unanswered points and it resulted in the Wildcats knocking off their rival the Hawkins Hawks 35-14 as the Hawks celebrated homecoming at Lowrance Field.
With the game tied at 14 at halftime, the Wildcats began to separate themselves from the Hawks in the third quarter. The Hawks had the ball at their own 45 and Emery King picked up an eight-yard gain but couldn't hold on to the ball. It was recovered by Daniel Richardson who raced to the 17 to give the Wildcats excellent field position.
On the very next play, King picked up a late hit penalty by Daniel Wolf that got the Wildcats to the 7 and on the next play Beason ran it in for the score to give Big Sandy the 21-14 lead.
After a Hawks punt, the Wildcats took six plays to get into the end zone. Nate Atchley scored his second rushing TD of the night on a 15-yard carry. And with 3:23 left in the game Kameryn Cuevas scored on a 24-yard carry to make the score 35-14.
The defense sacked Hawks QB Jason Hass three times and forced him to throw two costly interceptions. Beason and Atchley scored two rushing TDs and Dallas Wolf lead the Wildcats in rushing with 96 yards on 10 carries.
Hawkins (4-5, 1-3) jumped out to an 8-0 lead with 3:47 remainin the first on a 11yard pass from Jason Hass to Jason Ford. Kardalun Tennyson carried the ball for a two-point conversion.
The Wildcats (5-4, 1-3) tied the game with 38 seconds left on a 23-yard run by Nathan Atchley. Beason carried on a two-point conversion.
Big Sandy got its first lead of the game with 5:34 remaining in the half, but Hawkins game back with a TD of its own with 2:19 remaining on a 20-yard pass from Hass to Emory King.
Ronny Christie contributed to this story.