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Clopton Hawks get past rival Bulldogs in big victory

Posted on Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at 3:40 pm

Ron Schott


The Clopton Hawks split a pair of recent EMO Conference contests.

Their big win came Jan. 29 as they cruised past Louisiana, 50-38.

“Louisiana might be a young team, but they are very competitive and scrappy,” said Clopton head coach Tony Francis. “Coach (Matt) Smith does a great job with them. We found a way late in the game to pull this one out.”

Clopton struggled in the first quarter, trailing the Bulldogs 12-7 before closing the gap to just two points at halftime.

The Hawks took over in the second half, outscoring Louisiana 35-21 to pull away for the big 28-point victory. Zakk Elvins led the Hawks with 11 points while both Maleek McPike and Shawn Yates scored 10 points.

A few days later, the Hawks lost a tough game to Montgomery County, 67-52.

“We were out-sized at nearly every position, so we wanted to create tempo and use our speed to an advantage,” Francis said. “At times, we executed the game plan well, but more often than not, we found ourselves playing too fast which compromised our defensive assignments and fundamentals on offense. Our goal is to play an up-tempo style and we can take this tape and learn how to play quick, but not in a hurry.” Yates led the Hawks with 14 points while Dalton Strus scored nine points.