Slow start motivates 'Hawks

03/26/03 Brandon Sykes

            As the final seconds ticked off the clock the RiverHawks stood shocked.  The Greyhounds had defeated the highly regarded Tennessee RiverHawks 46 to 21.

Even though the loss is tough to swallow the Hawks are pushing on.  There were however some bright spots for the home opener.  Running Back Brandon Walker rushed for a total of 53 yards on only 14 carries and quarterback Steve Christie was 11 for 16 for 91 yards and 3 touchdowns in his first indoor football game.

Offensive Coordinator Garmez Parks says, “ Offensively we’re getting our feet wet.  We are still an expansion team with new quarterbacks, receivers, and offensive lineman.  Once everyone gets use to the offense we will get rolling.  Even with 3 turnovers including a blocked kick for a touchdown and a fumble at the goal line we are fine.” 

The RiverHawks are off this weekend, but play Tuesday against the Myrtle Beach Stingrays.  Coach Parks says, “ Now that our feet are wet we know what needs improvement.  We will be prepared to score points and win the game.”  The RiverHawks spirits are still high and they are looking forward to the challenge of playing on the road.  The season is very early and you can never tell what might happen in the following weeks.


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