PFLUGERVILLE — Even the architect of the Hendrickson defense, head coach Chip Killian, and his star pupil, linebacker Curley Young, were surprised to learn how many yards the Hawks conceded to Stony Point in a 25-3 win over the Tigers on Thursday.
“They only had 50?,” Young said, his eyes widening at the news. “Dang. That just means we’re a lockdown defense, that’s it.
“We just stay focused on our keys, read what we’re supposed to read, and react.”
The Hawks (4-1 overall, 3-1 District 13-6A) swarmed from the opening kickoff, and even more dominant after halftime. They pushed the Tigers (3-2, 1-2) backward three yards from the start of the third quarter to the final whistle, and Stony Point’s 23 rushing attempts netted minus-23 yards for the entire game.
“Absolutely colossal, huge win for us,” Hendrickson coach Chip Killian said, after his team stayed one game back of district leader Vandegrift.
Even so, Stony Point hung around well into the third quarter by forcing several key stops and turnovers deep inside its own territory.
Trailing 18-3 at halftime, the Tigers jumped on a fumble, forced a turnover on downs and got a diving interception in the end zone from Gabriel Moore on the Hawks’ first three drives of the third quarter.
After Moore’s interception, Kyle Overton nearly found Daelon Loyden for a big gain near midfield, but the ball slipped through his hands. A couple plays later, Hendrickson scored its final touchdown — a 22-yard run by sophomore wide receiver Jaden Williams.
“We went out there and competed,” Stony Point coach Craig Chessher said. “We didn’t mail it in, we went out there to win a game. It hurts when you try hard.”
Williams’ touchdown gave the Hawks a huge jolt when they needed it most.
“Our offense was kind of in a drought,” he said. “Being the playmaker I am, I really had to make a play when I got the chance.”
On senior night, the young playmaker scored twice. He caught a 36-yard pass from quarterback Blaine Barker in the first quarter to get things rolling for Hendrickson.
Barker’s other touchdown went to Gage Mahoney on a 3-yard pass that the Hawks followed up with a two-point conversion to go up 18-0 in the second quarter.
Overton went out late in the game after laying motionless on the turf for several moments. Chessher said he was being evaluated after the game.
Hendrickson played without senior starter Myles Brooks, a safety who has committed to Arkansas. Killian declined to comment on Brooks’ absence.