Big first night home game win for Holley

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 27 September 2019 at 10:53 pm

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Holley quarterback Jacob Norman goes around end for big yardage during the Hawks win over visiting Dundee under portable lights tonight.

Unleashing a potent ground attack, Holley celebrated Homecoming in style this evening with a 40-14 season opening 8 Man football victory over Dundee in the Hawks first ever home game under the lights.

(Click here to see the Holley Hawks run onto the field before the start of the game.)

Quarterback Jacob Norman rushed for 233 yards and 3 touchdowns, running back Jacob Affronti had 142 yards rushing and a touchdown and running back Jamel Hildreth 109 yards and a touchdown to spearhead the Hawks attack which rushed for a total of 484 yards.

Jamel Hildreth heads toward the end zone for Holley’s second TD.

Norman also threw a touchdown pass to Cody Tanis. Affronti and Tanis also both had  two-point conversions.

‘We challenged the kids to come up and do something special since it was Homecoming and the first night game and they responded,” said Coach Wil Prince. “The kids played well. It was a total team effort.”

Trailing 6-0 early, Holley rallied into the lead for good at 8-6 on a 20 yard touchdown pass and a two-point conversion pass, both from Norman to Tanis. A big 35 yard kickoff return by Affronti helped set up that scoring opportunity.

(Click here to see Holley QB Jacob Norman connect with Cody Tanis for Holley’s first TD.) Click here to see Norman connect with Tanis for the 2-point conversion on the first TD.

The Hawks upped the advantage to 28-14 at the half on second quarter touchdown runs of 30 yards by Hildreth and of 26 and 1 yards by Norman.

Third quarter touchdown runs of 2 yards by Affronti and 33 yards by Norman rounded out the Hawks scoring parade.

On defense, Norman and Affronti both had 11 tackles, Hildreth 9 and Tanis and Tony Farruggia 5.

Holley next visits CG Finney at 4 p.m. next Saturday.

Jacob Affronti gains yardage for the Hawks.

Eight banks of portable lights were brought in for Holley’s first ever night home game this evening.