Holly Springs explodes early, blasts homestanding Jordan
When the visiting team scores touchdowns on its first two plays from scrimmage, the home fans are usually in for a long night.
Such was the case Friday night at Jordan High School’s Claude Curry Stadium as visiting Holly Springs beat the Falcons 43-12.
A blocked punt set up Trey Staten’s 3-yard touchdown run on the Golden Hawks’ first play from scrimmage. The next time Holly Springs ran a play, Kelvin Wilson scampered 86 yards for another touchdown.
And so it went for Jordan (1-4). Previously winless Holly Springs built a 37-0 halftime lead and rolled to the easy win.
“They continued to play hard and that’s what we’re trying to do here,” Jordan coach LaDwuan Harrison said. “But you can’t continue to spot teams 40 points in the first half or whatever we gave up in the first half and expect to beat solid teams. That’s where we are right now. We are a little young and inexperienced right now and it shows.”
Both Wilson and Staten surpassed the 100-yard rushing mark in the first half. They finished with a combined 307 rushing yards and four touchdowns for Holly Springs.
Staten rushed for 159 yards on 12 carries, leading the Golden Hawks in both categories. Wilson carried just three times, but gained 148 yards.
Harrison didn’t like how his team contributed to its own demise, starting with the blocked punt that occurred on the Falcons’ initial possession.
“Small details that we overlooked,” Harrison said. “That’s what we’re trying to continue to improve on. The small details. We’re trying to get them to sense the important of taking care of those little things.”
Staten entered the game having rushed for 424 yards this season, accounting for nearly half of Holly Springs’ offense over its first three games. He upped his touchdown total to six on the season, with scoring runs of three and six yards in the first half.
Though the game was one-sided at halftime, the Falcons managed a couple of highlights with second-half touchdowns. One came on a 60-yard pass from Jordan Simmons to Arthur Reece.
But Jordan saw its discipline erode even on that play. The Falcons were called for unsportsmanlike conduct after the play, one of 12 penalties they were whistled for in the game.
“We just haven’t been focused at times,” Harrison said. “We warned them ahead of time what was happening and what was coming. When you still do it that’s just a lack of discipline. That starts with me. I have to evaluate myself and see how I can crack down on the discipline here. We have got to do a better job of not hurting ourselves.”
HOLLY SPRINGS 43, JORDAN 12
Holly Springs |17 |20 |6 |0 — 43
Jordan |0 |0 |6 |6 — 12
H—Trey Staten 3 run (Zach Esposito kick), 10:57
H—Kelvin Wilson 86 run (Esposito kick), 9:17
H—Esposito 37 FG, 1:44
H—Jordon Kornegay 49 pass from Will Forrestal (Esposito kick), 10:47
H – Staten 6 run (kick failed), 6:11
H – Forrestall 2 run (Esposito kick), 1:27
H—Wilson 23 pass from Forrestall (kick failed), 5:13
J—Rahim Winston 33 run (pass failed), 50.2
J—Arthur Reece 60 pass from Jordan Simmons (pass failed), 3:47
RUSHING—Holly Springs, Kelvin Wilson 3-148, Trey Staten 12-159, Forrestall 10-21. Jordan, Rahim Winston 15-86, Jordan Simmons 6-6, Arthur Reece 1-9, Chris McKinnis 6-25, Chris Francis 3-14.
PASSING—Holly Springs, Forrestall 3-4-0 113, Jordon Kornegay 0-1-0 0. Jordan, Jordan Simmons 14-30-1 141, Arthur Reece 0-1-0 0.
RECEIVING—Holly Springs Kornegay 1-49, Wilson 1-23, Joey Gizzi 1-46. Jordan, Picasso Keaton 4-26, Reece 4-81, Tyler Pittman 3-23, Winston 1-5, McKinnis 1-6.
RECORDS—Jordan 1-4, 0-0 PAC-6; Holly Springs 1-3.