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Black Hawks Are State Champions!!!

Black Hawks Complete A Perfect Season

DEFENSE WINS CHAMPIONSHIPS!  This was proven yet again last night as your Black Hawks didn't allow the defending two-time consecutive state champion Centennial Coyotes one touchdown for the entire contest.  Consistent with the entire season, Coach Kelvin Hunter had his squad steady and ready to play in the biggest game of their lives. The Coyotes looked to try and make it a long night for the Black Hawks as they took their opening drive and marched down the field but had to settle for a field goal to open the contest 3-0.  But that's all the scoring they would do in the first half.  The Black Hawks would post the next 14 points.

Seniors Josh Alexander (RB), Max Fine (WR), and Justis Stokes (WR) worked in harmony with a dominating O-Line on a drive that ended with Josh in the end zone to put the Black Hawks up 7-3.  And while we had a few mishaps on special teams with some turnovers, the defense would once again come out a perform like champions.  Senior LB Braden Valentine read the Coyote QB's eyes, stayed in position, and came down with his 5th interception of the season.  As he turned on the jets to return, he was hit from behind and lost the ball, only for senior CB Tre' Bugg to be coming up behind the play.  Tre' scooped up the ball in full stride and there wasn't a Coyote on the field that could catch him as took the fumble to the house.  Senior kicker and Alabama commit Brandon Ruiz made the extra point for the Black Hawks to go up 14-3.  As it turns out, that's all the Black Hawks would need to secure the victory.

The second half saw little-to-no relief for the Coyotes as our relentless defense kept turning the screws and tightening and making it harder for them to find daylight.  But the Coyotes aren't two-time consecutive state champs for nothing...that's a really good team.  They drove the ball several times down the field as the defense bent, but it never broke.  Just when the Coyotes where driving and found themselves within striking distance, they tested senior CB Tre' Bugg by trying to connect with a streaking WR only to find Tre' right there in the receiver's hip pocket.  Tre' made a great play on the ball and came down with his 7th interception of the season, once again ending another potential Coyote threat. Although the Coyotes did manage to post another field goal, clutch throws and catches from QB Zack Shepherd to Max Fine and Justis Stokes on the Black Hawks final drive helped seal the victory.  When Josh Alexander ran for a first down in the final minutes of the game deep in Coyote territory, the entire Black Hawk Nation new that Coach Steve Campbell and this special team had finally brought home a State Championship Title!

This season has seen unparalleled support and participation from our community!  Thank you to everyone that came out and helped by either donating their time, energy, and/or resources to instill a sense of unity and bond for this program throughout our community.  Black Hawk pride is at an all time high!  Words simply can't convey how important the unity within our community has helped these boys become CHAMPIONS!!!

Coach Campbell and his stable of veteran coaches will look to reload again next year to make another push and repeat as Champions. Until then, be on the lookout for information about when spring camps and spring ball will begin in 2017.

 

GO BLACK HAWKS!!!

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