Weaver strikes from long distance to win on homecoming
by Joe Medley
jmedley@annistonstar.com
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Weaver's Matt Durham runs for a touchdown after a pass reception. (Photo by Stephen Gross/The Anniston Star)
Weaver's Matt Durham runs for a touchdown after a pass reception. (Photo by Stephen Gross/The Anniston Star)
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WEAVER — No matter where Weaver is on the football field, the big-play Bearcats are never far away from scoring.

Led by Timothy Hawkins, Weaver came up with four scoring plays of 46 yards or more and beat Class 3A, Region 5 rival Glencoe 38-13 on homecoming Friday.

Hawkins threw a 75-yard touchdown pass to Matthew Durham, ran for a 73-yard score and return an interception 100 yards. Weaver also got a 46-yard touchdown run from Christopher Troge.

“We’ve got the ability, of course, with Timothy and the speed we have,” Weaver coach Daryl Hamby said. “We’ve got some really good skill.

“And our line, boy they get after it. They give Timothy time to throw, give us a little seam to run through. I can’t say enough about those guys.”

The victory was sweet for Weaver (1-1, 1-0), which beat Glencoe for the first time since 2008.

“It means a lot, because the whole time I’ve been playing varsity, we’ve never beat them,” said Hawkins, a senior. “It was a great win, but it only lasts one night.”

Hawkins accounted for 249 of Weaver’s 442 total yards. He completed 5 of 15 passes for 149 yards and a touchdown and rushed 17 times for 110 yards and two scores.

Troge added 115 yards on 12 carries with one touchdown, and Christopher Arnold added 36 yards with a 1-yard touchdown run.

Glencoe (1-1, 0-1) managed 162 yards, 125 on the ground. William Ozmint led the way with 68, and the Yellow Jackets got a 1-yard touchdown sneak from quarterback Dylan Stone and a 23-yard touchdown run late from Taylor Daugherty.

In a game marred by 15-yard penalties, Glencoe had the most, giving up 95 yards on nine flags. Glencoe coach Lee Ozmint called it “a thorough butt whipping.”

“They whipped us in every phase of the game,” he said. “I mean, really, I’m kind of speechless. I really didn’t expect this.”

Glencoe opened its season with a 29-12 victory over 2A Westbrook Christian, and Weaver lost 44-20 to Cleburne County, the 10th-ranked team in 4A. The Bearcats appeared to benefit from the tougher opening-week competition.

“It helped us realize what kind of team we had,” Hawkins said. “Heflin has a good team. They’re well-disciplined and well-coached.”

Weaver, however, has that uncoachable gift of speed at skill positions, and they can make an opponent pay for being out of position. It showed on the Bearcats’ fourth offensive snap Friday, as Glencoe’s defense bit up on the quick screen and let Durham go.

Hawkins hit Durham with a quick pass, and Durham was gone for the 75-yard play.

“Matt’s got a lot of speed, and he’s got great hands,” Hamby said. “With us right now, I think you’ve got to decide what you want to take away.

“They were going to take the bubble routes, which opened us up on the slant route.”

Two Weaver snaps later, Hawkins kept around right end and took off down the Glencoe sideline. He faked in then back out to clear the final defender and complete the 73-yard run and put Weaver up 12-0.

His interception return came in the fourth quarter and put Weaver up 38-7. He jumped Stone’s quick pass over the middle on fourth down and goal from the 9-yard line then took off, breaking toward the Glencoe sideline then back to the middle.

“It was just there, and I listened to (former Weaver safety) Fernando (Forbes),” Hawkins said. “He tells me what to do, and it worked.”

Weaver moves on to a week 3 region game at White Plains, and Glencoe plays host to third-ranked Piedmont.

“This is a long time coming,” Hamby said about Friday’s game. “Glencoe is a big rival of ours, and they’re always well-coached, and we’ve got a lot of respect for those guys.

“Any time you can beat a good team like that, I’m proud of my guys.”

Sports columnist Joe Medley: 256-235-3576, jmedley@annistonstar.com. On Twitter @jmedley_star.
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