Blue Wave runs away late over Hornets
Published: Friday, September 27, 2013 at 6:43 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, September 27, 2013 at 6:43 p.m.
Each week in practice, P.K. Yonge coach Kent Johnson puts his team through what’s called “the fourth-quarter drill.”
“It’s an old-school obstacle course,” Johnson said. “We do monkey bars, tires, bear crawls, tests of agility. In between, there are light jogs and sprints.”
That drill came in handy Friday night. After a third-quarter lull, P.K. Yonge scored 19 unanswered fourth-quarter points to pull away from visiting Hawthorne 35-16.
P.K. Yonge (2-3) doubled its win total from a season ago.
“Our kids are getting a little more hardcore,” Johnson said. “They are getting a little more physical. When you get a little more physical and you see that hard work paying off, it builds your confidence.”
But the win didn’t come easy. For three quarters, Hawthorne (0-4) carved up P.K. Yonge’s defense, throwing for 253 yards to stay in the game. D’Kadrian Allen scored both TDs for the Hornets, on a 12-yard catch in the second quarter and 10-yard run in the third quarter that cut P.K. Yonge’s lead to 16-14. Going for the two-point conversion, Hawthorne tied the score when quarterback Lavares Turner connected with receiver Torres Williams in the corner of the end zone.
But the game turned in the fourth quarter. After a 35-yard field goal by Hunter Eskew put the Blue Wave up 19-16, Turner made his first mistake of the night for Hawthorne. Turner misfired a sideline out route, and Blue Wave defensive back Quadae McDonald returned the interception 31 yards to extend P.K. Yonge’s lead to 26-16.
It was the first of two straight pick-sixes for Turner. After Hawthorne retained possession on the kickoff, Turner had a pass tipped by a receiver into the hands P.K. Yonge defensive back Antwain Patterson, who returned the interception 22 yards for a TD.
“We had to adjust our drops in coverage,” Johnson said. “They were finding some soft spots … we told our guys that eventually we would get some tips, which we did.”
For Hawthorne coach Ellis Walker, the late mistakes were tough to stomach. The Hornets finished with 312 yards of offense and 15 first downs, but had little to show for it.
“We just couldn’t capitalize,” Walker said. “We had the game where we wanted it before the two pick-sixes. Fortunately, we have a week off so we can evaluate some things.”
P.K. Yonge added a late safety when linebacker Obed Santana tackled Allen in the end zone. The Blue Wave also had a big day offensively from senior running back Anthony Andrews, who finished with 132 yards and two TDs. Andrews came up with a big 4-yard TD run on fourth down late in the second quarter, putting P.K. Yonge up 16-8 at halftime.
Andrews was part of P.K. Yonge’s one-win team last season. How new is winning at P.K. Yonge? One of the Blue Wave players cramped up during the postgame celebration. But Andrews and the rest of his teammates could chuckle about it following the game.
“I’m just so glad right now,” Andrews said, “We’ve worked hard for this.”