In the spring, after becoming new head coach at Hawkins, Scott Evans brought his players together to talk about goals for the upcoming season.
One that was universally expressed was returning to the playoffs. Hawkins (2-8) defeated Cayuga and Cross Roads to make that goal a reality. The Hawks are back in the playoffs for the first time since 2009.
That is the good news.
The not-so-good news is Hawkins faces undefeated Bogata Rivercrest (10-0). Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Sam Parker Field in Mount Pleasant.
Evans understands his team is the underdog, but said Hawkins is much better than its record shows.
“We are a real young team and making young mistakes. We start one senior on offense and three on defense, and we’ve done a lot of growing and learning this year,” Evans said. “We had a bunch of close games this season in non-district and district. We wish our record was better, but making the playoffs is a big step for the program.
“We’ve got to go in and not make mistakes. We’ve had a lot of games that we lost that were close despite us with four or five turnovers. We just need to go in and play each play trying to put ourselves in a good position - to not make mistakes.”
The winner of this game will face the winner of Lovelady and Alto next week in the area round.