By Hawk Newspaper Sports-Editor, Thomas Brunt:
NORTH RICHLAND HILLS: Birdville shook off a slow-start, down 10-0. — The Hawks, however would score 35 unanswered, doing all they wanted vs. an overwhelmed opponent in Friday night’s game at the Birdville Fine Arts Athletic Complex. —– The Hawks did what ever they needed, after trailing early on to secure the homecoming victory, and to remain undefeated in district play at 4-0, (2-0 in district), in the process of remaining undefeated in district play, Birdville dropped the Wildcats to 1-3, and (1-1 in district) .
— The Dynamic Duo that is Hawks quarterback Justin Martin who led the storm of the comeback, by hitting on 16-22 of his passes for 243 yards and a touchdown throw, and Hawks running-back Xavier Turner, who scored on a seven yard touchdown run with seven minutes remaining in the 1rst half. Turner finished the night, very effective with 96 yards on 17 carries. — Birdville’s next score came from Hawks 2nd string running-back Isiah Duarate, scored on a 6 yard-run. — The Hawks would than add three more touchdowns to take a 35-10 lead in the game.
The Dunbar offense couldn’t find any rhythm after the Hawks found their way back in the game, excluding a late fourth-quarter touchdown. — Dunbar would strike first in the game, as Wildcats quarterback Dan Harris threw a 29 yard strike to Jai Butler, who caught the ball, right as he stepped into the end zone. — After that, the Birdville offense had what would seem to be a very convincing drive, going 74 yards on the drive, but Martin’s pass from the 6 yard-line was picked off by the Dunbar defense in the endzone, which killed the drive for the Hawks. — The Wildcats would take advantage of the Birdville turnover, scoring on a 27 yard-field goal by kicker Eric Negtree. Dunbar’s Sophmore running-back Taylor Martin had 109 yards alone in the first half, before leaving with an injury, and returning back later in the game, finishing with 197 total yards rushing for the game, including a rushing touchdown. — Birdville would blow Dunbar out in this one, by the final score of 42-17.
Thomas Brunt covers Birdville High School Atheltics