He never gives up on a play.
English never quit trying to find holes and avoid tacklers, whether he was 10 yards past the first down marker or 10 yards behind the line of scrimmage. Friday night at Bill Bryan Stadium, Weaver never quit as it cruised past Hokes Bluff 42-20.
“I think our boys are getting more mature in understanding how to handle success and a lot comes with that,” said Weaver coach Daryl Hamby. “Bad things will happen during a game; don’t get down, just keep your head up. (Hokes Bluff) Coach (Michael) Robertson does a great job with his team and they are never going to quit and our boys didn’t quit either, and that’s what I like.”
Early in the second quarter, Weaver (6-3, 6-2) was up 15-0 and gave up a 56-yard touchdown pass when Hokes Bluff quarterback Brad Robertson hit Jacob Ingram on a deep rout to bring the score to 15-6.
But Weaver didn’t give up, and answered with a 13-play touchdown drive. Key runs by Weaver quarterback Timothy Hawkins, including a 32-yard scamper, and running back Brandell Massey powered the drive and Massey capped the drive with a touchdown.
And the Bearcat’s defense held Hokes Bluff (4-5, 3-5) to a three and out on their next drive, helped out by a key third-down tackle in the backfield by Alex Merritt.
Earlier in the game, English — who holds the snap on field goals and PAT attempts — proved his utility with a pass completion to Chris Troge for a 2-point conversion on the fake kick.
Later, before the end of the half, Hawkins tossed the ball to English on what looked to be an outside run, but English dropped back and hit Timothy Fall on a 22-yard touchdown pass. Fall also had a touchdown early in the second quarter on a 39-yard run where he trucked through two Hokes Bluff defenders to make it to the endzone.
Hamby said that Weaver had finally been able to get around to running some trick plays with English because his versatility forces the defense to pay attention to him which also frees up other Bearcat players to make plays.
“Chris is an amazing athlete,” said Hamby. “… He just never stops and that’s what our blocking had better understand. You better keep blocking for that kid because he never quits.”
With Glencoe’s 20-10 win over Susan Moore Friday, the Bearcats will play their first playoff game on the road. Had Susan Moore won, Weaver would have hosted. Regardless, Hamby plans to keep practice the same as usual.
“We’re just going to try to get better every week,” said Hamby “That’s really what we do. We’re looking forward to the playoffs, but we’re focused on the game we’ve got next week against Coosa Christian.”
Bobby Bozeman covers prep sports for The Star. Follow him on Twitter @Bozeman_Star