The Hawks racked up 404 yards of offense in their 44-8 rout of the Falkner Eagles in the first round of the 1A State Football Playoffs. The Hawks improved to 9-2 and will play the Coffeeville Pirates in the second round on the road Friday, while Falkner ended its season at 9-3.
Shaw junior quarterback Andre Pruitt found his rhythm as he completed 11-of-23 passes for 208 yards with four touchdowns and an interception. Pruitt completed passes to five different receivers with three different receivers catching touchdown passes.
“He’s that type of quarterback,” Shaw head coach Kendrick Smith said about Pruitt’s ability to find different receivers and make good decisions. “His numbers could be a lot better if I went ahead just opened up the offense. The offensive line gave him plenty of time to do what he needed to do.”
Pruitt’s development as a quarterback has caused Shaw’s offense to be much more balanced than it was at the beginning of the season. The Hawks also rushed for 194 yards on 23 carries. For the night, the pass-to-run ratio was split 50-50 for the Hawks.
The Hawks’ defense also shined by holding an opponent to under 10 points for the seventh time this year.
“Every thing has started to come together,” Smith said. “Every week, we’ve been getting better and better. Hopefully, we will continue to have some success on both sides of the ball.”
Senior Christopher Harthone had another great game on both offense and defense as he rushed for 100 yards with a touchdown and three 2-point conversions on eight carries and he also recorded 11 tackles and a sack on defense.
Keveon Shepherd and Octavius Stimmage did a great job catching the ball for the Hawks as Shepherd caught five passes for 84 yards with two touchdowns, while Stimmage caught three passes for 72 yards with a touchdown. Ledavious Rice also caught a 44-yard touchdown pass to help aid the Hawks’ receivers.
In the ground game, Lekia McRoy rushed for 60 yards on three carries to aid the Hawks, followed by Justin King a touchdown run and Damon Redding with a 2-point conversion.
On the defensive end for Shaw, King aided the Hawks with 11 tackles and a sack, followed by Ledavious Rice with eight tackles and a sack, Demerrius Williams with eight tackles, Lerandel Allen and Justice Clay with seven tackles each and Redding with a fumble recovery.
For Falkner, Jeramie Lawrence marched on a touchdown run and a 2-point conversion to account for the Eagles’ scoring.