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No. 1 Seminary uses huge second half to down HAHS

[11/13/2004] UTICA The “S” emblazoned on Tim Holloway’s helmet would have fit just as perfectly on his chest.

Seminary’s super man ran for 221 yards on 14 carries, scored four touchdowns and led an offensive blitzkrieg in the third quarter to dispose of Hinds AHS, 44-20, in the second round of the Class 2A state playoffs on Friday night.

Seminary, the top-ranked team in the Associated Press’ Little 10 poll, advanced to play Lumberton in the third round next week.

“We didn’t play well in the first half,” said Holloway, who scored on runs of 10, 37, 16 and 6 yards. “We came out in the second half focused and ready.”

Hinds AHS, which was hosting its second playoff game in school history, had Seminary tied 6-6 at halftime. Austin Divinity’s 24-yard touchdown pass to Anthony Mayes late in the first quarter knotted the game.

Neither team scored in the second quarter, but Seminary drove deep into War Dawgs’ (8-4) territory in the waning seconds. Then quarterback Derek Keys was intercepted in the end zone by Dave Pollard to end the half tied.

“We knew they had a good football team and they were doing some things defensively that we couldn’t adjust to until halftime,” Seminary coach Lance Mancuso said. “Obviously the intensity picked up and our guys did what they had to do in the second half.”

Divinity threw an interception on the War Dawgs’ first possession of the second half, and one play later Holloway burst through the Hinds’ defense untouched for a 37-yard touchdown run.

James Watts then recovered a Hinds fumble on the first play of its next possession and Seminary went 36 yards in three plays capped by a 16-yard Holloway TD to take a commanding 22-6 lead.

“That first interception we threw kind of broke our backs,” Hinds AHS coach Michael Fields said. “By the time we were able to regroup, they had scored 24 points on us.”

Seminary put the game away on its next possession when Keys found Matthew Maulden on a 17-yard touchdown pass for a 30-6 lead midway through the third quarter.

“We told our seniors at halftime that if they wanted to go ahead next week, they were really going to have to step up,” Mancuso said. “Defense has been the heart of our football team all year and the defense set up a lot of those points.”

Hinds added two late touchdowns one on a Jamarious Jones’ 1-yard plunge and the other on a 7-yard run by Divinity but the Bulldogs matched each Hinds score with one of their own.

Divinity passed for 153 yards and a touchdown, but the War Dawgs were held to 74 yards rushing for the game. Thirty-nine of those yards came on the final drive against the Seminary reserves.

“We felt like we would have to pass on them because they are so physical up front,” Fields said. “We were prepared, things just didn’t come out our way.”

Hinds will lose Divinity, its most complete player, to graduation. The team, though, will return most of its talent, and is anticipating the return of injured running back Albert Williams.

“We have to put this one behind us and on Monday start working toward next season,” Fields said. “We have a lot coming back next season and hopefully we’ll be one of the favorites to go all the way.”