An injured starting quarterback and strong winds were too much for South Side to overcome as Bolivar came away with the win, shutting out South Side 37-0.
Midway through the first quarter on an inside zone run, an old ankle injury came back to bite South Side quarterback Cade Willingham, putting him out of the game and the Hawks’ pass heavy offense in a bind.
South Side turned to senior Hayden Phillips to fill the quarterback role, but with a fierce Bolivar defense and heavy winds, the Hawks struggled.
“When your starting quarterback goes down for any team and your plan is to throw the ball around, it makes it tough,” said South Side head coach Jason Driggers. “I’m very proud of Hayden and the rest of the seniors for how they played and competed.”
Bolivar started the game off with the wind at its back, striking early in the first quarter on a Keyon Crisp 17-yard touchdown run. The Tigers quickly followed up with another trip to the end zone, scoring on a blistering 67-yard touchdown run by Dreke Lewis.
Bolivar rounded out the first quarter with a 30-yard field goal, their longest of the season to make the score 17-0.
With punts falling painfully short and passes knocked down by the high winds, nothing seemed to go the Hawks’ way.
The second half found Bolivar doing everything it could to give the Hawks a chance to come back, giving South Side six first downs and 140 yards on penalties and turning the ball over twice on fumbles. Still, the Hawks didn’t cross the goal line, completing 12 passes for 86 yards all game and generating a total of 126 yards.
“I’m proud of these kids and proud of the way we finished,” Bolivar coach Woodrow Lowe said. “At the end of the day all teams can’t make it to the playoffs, but we had a great final game here and it’s a great way to catapult into next year.”