Beverly Hills News – Beverly Hills Football Falls To Hawthorne In Offensive Battle
Posted: Friday, October 24, 2014 – 2:18 PM
By Matt Lopez
On BHHS’ homecoming night, the Beverly Hills High Football team was unable to make it a bad homecoming for Donald Paysinger, falling to Hawthorne 40-30 in an Ocean League game on Friday.
Paysinger, the former BHHS football coach, is now at Hawthorne and brought his Cougars to Nickoll Stadium for the first time since resigning from his post two years ago.
It was a high-octane offensive duel that featured big numbers being put up by both teams and several lead changes. Even in a losing effort, it could be argued that Beverly Hills (1-6, 0-2) played maybe its most complete game of the season.
The offensive fireworks didn’t start until later in the game as both defenses were stout in the first half. In fact, Hawthorne took a 12-10 lead into halftime, and that held up for most of the third quarter until Rashard Ysaquirre punched one in from 9-yards with 2:31 left in the third quarter to give the Normans a 16-12 lead.
That’s when the back-and-forth body blows began. Hawthorne running back Paris McDaniel answered with a 4-yard TD run, but BHHS was having none of it, with an answer on the next possession in the name of a 36-yard TD run. That score came with 9 minutes left in the game, and less than a minute and a half later, Hawthorne’s McDaniel answered again with a 2-yard TD run for what would end up being the go-ahead score, putting the Cougars up 26-23.
As BHHS was attempting to answer, Joe Kolko fumbled in a 15-yard run that was recovered by Hawthorne. Kolko’s was fumble was the second of two key BHHS second half fumbles that helped Hawthorne gain an edge.
Trailing 40-23 laid, Jake Wolken and Mike Massie connected on a 14-yard TD pass to cap off an 8-play, 62-yard drive to bring the score to 40-30. The Normans had two runners go over the century mark, with Ysaquirre finishing with 114 yards and 2 TD’s on 14 carries and Joe Kolko gaining 102 yards and a TD on 12 carries.
Tonight, BHHS hosts a resurgent Lawndale team tonight in an Ocean League game. Lawndale is led by Chris Murray, a talented dual-threat QB who threw a last-second TD pass last Friday to help Lawndale upend Santa Monica, 20-19.