PG Looking for 20th Straight Victory Against Gladewater
The Pleasant Grove Hawks football team will try and extend that winning streak at home Friday night against the Gladewater Bears.
Before we look at that game, first the recap from the Hawks victory last week over the Atlanta Rabbits.
It was a offensive explosion for PG. Big plays on passes and a running game that the Rabbits simply could not contain. Hawks Head Coach Josh Gibson was thrilled with the effort saying, "Offensively we took a step and had a HUGE night.
The Hawks produced almost 400 yards rushing, and there is reason according to Gibson, "The offensive line is playing better each week and controlled the line of scrimmage."
As usual running back Bruce Garrett had a big night, but also this week Senior James Wiggins also had some big, tough runs.
Quarterback Ben Harmon had another good night with 3 touchdowns and over 200 yards through the air. Two of those scores went to receiver Brett Walker. Gibson described the overall offensive effort as the best so far this year.
Admittedly if was also a big night for the Rabbit offense as well. Gibson said,"We didn't play as well defensively as the first two games, but we give a lot of credit to Atlanta. They have a touch scheme, they are well coached, and have explosive play makers." He added that the Rabbits have one of the biggest and fastest running backs in the state in Jujuan King. The Hawk defense came up with several picks from the secondary which helped secure the victory.
The Hawks do have a few injuries after the first three games of the season. Coach Gibson says they are missing up to 4 players. The injuries do hurt, but on the flip side Gibson says, "We have kids that are stepping up and its always fun to see other kids get a chance to play and compete."
Now its time to turn our attention to this weeks game against Gladewater. The Bears had an off year last season, but seem to have righted the ship according to Gibson, "They are playing very well on both sides of the ball and have dominated their opponents in all three games. They run the ball well, and this year they are passing the ball well. Their defense is much improved too. I believe Gladwater is a VERY GOOD football team that has a lot of confidence right now."
To win Number 20 in a row, Gibson wants to see every kid and every phase of the game improved for PG. He wants his offensive line to play more physical and consistent.
Despite the unusually hot weather for September, the Hawks have had a great week of practice according to Coach, "We always say that any type of weather is HAWK FOOTBALL weather. We want to be able to handle any condition better than our opponent. We have done a great job of handling the heat in practice this week.
Friday nights game will be a home game at Hawk Stadium, which is always a lot of fun for everyone involved and Gibson says the kids love playing in front of our community. "We have a great home atmosphere, one of the best in the state. We've had numerous sell-out crowds the past two years. Friday night are special at Hawk Stadium, and we are very appreciative of our fan support."
You will want to be sure and be one of those in the stands on Friday night. This looks to be a very exciting game between two very good and well coached football teams.
And as it is every week, besides the Hawks giving their all on the field. The hometown fans will be entertained by the PG Cheeleaders, Band and Flag Corps, and the amazing PG Showstoppers, who will be joined on the field this week by the PG Middle School Starsteppers. Don't miss the fun.