FALKVILLE — His team eliminated from the postseason, Justin Hannah promised to make his final football game memorable.
The Danville High senior lived up to his word.
Hannah powered his way to 103 yards on the ground, and Danville’s defense never budged as the Hawks closed out the season Friday with a 30-0 win at rival Falkville.
“I think every one of us wanted to make the most of this,” Hannah said with tears in his eyes. “We’ve had some ups and downs this year, but coming out and finishing strong like this against a rival, that sort of makes it better.”
Controlling the line-of-scrimmage, Danville moved the ball at will against Falkville’s defense. The Hawks finished with 415 total yards, with Justin Morgan throwing for 132 yards on 7 of 14 passing.
Danville took control early. Hannah ran 14 yards for a score, and Morgan threw a 32-yard touchdown to Slater Robinson to take a 14-0 lead into halftime.
Morgan found Robinson again in the third quarter, this time for a 38-yard touchdown pass, and Brock Garrison kicked a 37-yard field goal.
Robinson finished with three catches for 75 yards, while Hannah had two catches for 14 yards.
“We knew this was our last game, so we wanted to make every play count,” Hannah said. “I feel like we did that. I know it feels good to go out and get a win in your last game, and I feel like we kind of set some things in motion for the future at the same time.”
Based on the players’ body language, the lopsided loss had an obvious effect on Falkville’s physique. The Blue Devils (6-3) have lost three straight heading into the Class 1A playoffs. Falkville travels to seventh-ranked Pickens County on Friday.
“Just a few seconds ago (in the locker room), I challenged the players,” Falkville coach Joel Schrenk said. “We asked the players how they’re going to respond. Are they going to lay down and give up, or are we going to bounce back from this and get ready to play again next week? What we’ve got to do is come back next week and have a great week of practice and put this in the past.”
Falkville never gained any momentum. Danville’s defense wouldn’t allow it.
Danville held Falkville to 121 total yards, limiting star running back Hunter Woodall to 46 yards on the ground.
For Falkville, not much went right. The Blue Devils had a punt blocked inside its own 20-yard line, and Danville forced three turnovers. One of those was a fumble that Matthew Terry returned 51 yards for a score.
“That scoop and score (in the fourth quarter) was a big play because, at times, we’ve had trouble finishing games,” Danville coach Scott Curd said. “The guys did a great job of finishing tonight. Besides all the penalties, we played a pretty good game.
“I know we didn’t get the results we wanted this year, but this was a great team to coach. I know that I had a lot of fun coaching these guys, and I feel like they’ve laid the groundwork for the future.”
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