HOLLY SPRINGS — For just its second time in school history, the Holly Springs Hawks have won four consecutive football games.
The Golden Hawks dominated Cary 48-14, capitalizing on a quick start to remain unbeaten in the Southwest Wake 4A Conference.
Holly Springs (4-3 overall, 3-0 SWAC) last won four games in a row in 2009, when the late Jim Hynus was the head coach. Friday’s game marked the two year anniversary of his passing.
“As a team we are playing more cohesive and practicing harder,” said Holly Springs senior Jordon Kornegay, who scored two touchdowns. “Everything has been clicking lately for us. Tonight I wanted to make plays each time I touched the ball.”
The Hawks jumped out early, scoring four touchdowns in the opening quarter. Kornegay scored on a dazzling 75-yard punt return and then on a 35-yard TD reception from quarterback Will Forrestal.
D.J. Kornish opened the scoring for Holly Springs on a 26-yard reverse run less than two minutes into the contest.
Hawk running back Tray Staten controlled the ball on the ground, scoring three times and rushing for 147 yards on just 12 carries. Staten’s 56-yard burst in the second quarter set up his own three yard TD. Forrestal added a score just before halftime to give the Hawks a commanding 41-14 advantage at intermission.
Holly Springs rushed for 325 yards in all, and its defense limited Cary to just 36 yards passing.
“I’m very proud of the kids,” said Holly Springs head coach Will Orbin. “As a program we didn’t flinch, we kept on doing what we know would work. These kids showed great resolve and determination to string together these victories.”
Cary was unable to keep pace with the Hawks high-powered offense, but Isaiah Gibbons rushed for 150 yards and scored for the Imps (2-5, 0-3).
Holly Springs will play Middle Creek next week.