Hawks remain unbeaten with 58-34 win
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. Winning away from home isn't easy whether you are 175 miles from the Tri-Cities in Washington or on the beach in Daytona, Florida, some 2,535 miles away.
The Everett Hawks flew out of the State of Washington Friday for their longest trip to date and head coach Daniel Maciejczak had some concerns how his team would react against one of the best teams in the National Indoor Football League, the Daytona Beach Hawgs.
"When you are on the road, you want to jump on the opponent and not get caught up in the home team's crowd," said the young Maciejczak, now in only his fourth year as a head mentor in indoor football.
The Hawks (8-0) didn't disappoint their head coach, as they jumped out to a 41-14 halftime lead and then cruised to an impressive, 58-34, victory over Daytona Beach (6-3).
"When you can get a lead like that, it takes some of the pressure off,"said coach Maciejczak. "But we got out of our element in the second half a bit and they scored some points." Scoreless in the third quarter, the Hawgs outscored Everett, 20-14, in the final stanza. The defense, however, was marvelous for the Hawks. Everett totaled six pass breakups, three interceptions and two sacks. Linebacker Travis Salter had a career statistical line with 8.5 total tackles, four for 15 yards in losses, a forced fumble, fumble recovery, interception for 24 yards, one pass breakup and two quarterback sacks totaling 12 yards.
We have some new guys in the secondary and it was time to jell after blowing some coverages," said Maciejczak. Jacquwan Brackenridge, Keyon Kemp, Milton Myers and Sedric Ashley all had a part of the solid secondary play.
Cory Grow and A. J. Street caught three first-half touchdowns each from Albert Higgs, who ended connecting on 18 of 30 for 191 yards and seven scores. He had only one pick.
Grow's three consecutive TD grabs from late in the 1st quarter to midway threw the 2nd period built a 27-7 margin for the Hawks. He had catches of 48, 11, and 3 yards.
Street then closed out the second quarter with back-to-back TDs on a 3-yard toss with 45 seconds left and 24 seconds later caught a 25-yard bomb from Higgins.
Higgins connected on 11 of 12 in the first half alone. "When we play confident, like we did here, we can score anytime and make some stops on defense," Maciejczak said of the three interceptions and two forced fumbles.
The Hawgs never got it going until the fourth quarter. Isaac Hall spelled starting quarterback Oscar Davenport and ran for one touchdown and added a two-point conversion.
"He gave us a lift so I need to find a way to get him on the field more," said Daytona Beach head coach Ervin Bryson. "Our defense showed a lot of class by hanging in there. We just made some bad decisions on offense."
Maciejczak was complimentary to his opponent. "They made some great changes at halftime. I was really concerned with their speed. They (Daytona Beach) are a great football team," he added. "Too bad they've had this controversy in the media. Any time that happens you can have friction and they don't deserve a distraction like that." Everett travels to San Angelo to play the Stampede Saturday, May 21, then comes home on Saturday, May 28, to entertain the same Daytona Beach Hawgs at the Everett Events Center.
The Hawks have one more major trip. That's a galavant to Miami (in Florida) on June 12 which is 3,387 miles, one-way.
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