WEST MADISON — On a cold and brisk November night, the Danville Hawks A-Team prepared to play in the MSE Elite Bowl against the Gold Conference Champions and defending MSE A-Team Elite Bowl Champion, Hurricane Redskins.
Despite the cold temperatures, there was a large crowd that gathered in the home bleachers at the Scott High School Athletic Complex. All season there had been a buzz around the Hawks A-Team because of their dominant play on the field.
The A team was entering the biggest game of the season averaging 51 points per game and only allowing 6 points per game to their opponents. The atmosphere prior to the Hawks taking the field was unbelievable for a youth league football game. As the Hawks A-Team prepared to take the field, their traditional Hawks screech blared twice across the PA system just before the very popular riff of AC/DC’s “Back in Black” began to blare. The team walked to the back of the endzone as they were donning their Special Edition Coal Miner Blackout jerseys. In the crowd, you could hear people cheering and horns blaring. Then about a minute into “Back in Black,” the team’s entrance music for the 2019 season hit as Meek Mills “Goin’ Bad on ‘em Anyway” began to play, sending the crowd into a frenzy as the Hawks A-Team raced to their sideline.
Hurricane attempted an onside kick to start the game, which was recovered by Charles Dolin of the Hawks. After a false start call on the first play from scrimmage, Carson Brinegar would take a handoff on a jet sweep around the left end for 49 yards to set up the Hawks first and goal from the 6-yard line. Kyle Fox would take the next handoff on a counter around the right end for a 6-yard touchdown, followed by a Brinegar 2-point conversion. Just like that, the score was 8-0 Hawks.
After a decent drive by Hurricane that would eventually stall out, the Hawks would take over on downs at the Hurricane 27-yard line. The 1st quarter would end with the Hawks leading the Redskins 8-0.
Set up by runs of 55 yards, 4 yards, and 3 yards by Brinegar, along with a 4-yard run from David Fennessy, the Hawks would cap off the drive with a 13-yard run by Brinegar and a 2-point conversion by Fox for a 16-0 lead.
Hurricane would follow with a short drive that ended with a punt to the Redskins’ 34-yard line. David Fennessy would take the handoff on the first play after the turnover on downs for a 66-yard touchdown around the left end. Carson Brinegar would add on the 2-point conversion, making the score 24-0. Hurricane would put together a drive on their next possession that would end with an 18-yard touchdown run by Addison Scarberry. The Redskins 2-point conversion failed, and the Hawks took a 24-6 lead into halftime.
The Redskins would get the ball to start the second half. Carson Brinegar would intercept a pass on Hurricane’s first play from scrimmage. Brinegar would then take a handoff on the Hawks very next play and race 48 yards off right tackle for another Hawks touchdown. Fennessy would add the 2-point conversion and the Hawks led 32-6.
However, Hurricane wasn’t going to go away quietly as Landon Taylor hit Addison Scarberry for a 66-yard touchdown pass.
The 2-point try failed, but Hurricane would recover a fumble on the very next kickoff and then proceed to drive down the field and cap it off with a 6-yard touchdown run by Addison Scarberry and a 2-point conversion run by Landon Taylor, pulling the Redskins within 12 points in the third quarter at 32-20.
The Hawks would answer right back by going 77 yards on 2 plays, as Fennessy would gain 37 yards running off left tackle, followed by a 40-yard touchdown run by Brinegar on a counter through the 3-hole. Brinegar would add the 2-point conversion and give the Hawks a 40-20 lead.
Dalton Milam would recover his own kickoff shortly after and set the Hawks up again with the ball, this time on the Hawks 40-yard line.
After a few short runs by Fennessy and Brinegar, Brinegar would punch the ball into the end zone again, this time from 22 yards out on a dive through the 2-hole.
Fox would add the 2-point conversion and Danville would lead 48-20 going into the fourth quarter.
Hurricane had a short drive stall out on the Hawks 48-yard line early in the fourth quarter. The Hawks would chew up most of the fourth quarter by running power football between the tackles.
Kyle Fox would score the Hawks final touchdown on the day from 4 yards out and Brinegar would add the 2-point conversion to make the final score 56-20 and giving the Danville Hawks organization their first-ever MSE Elite Bowl Championship.
The Hawks leaders on offense were Carson Brinegar with 274 yards on 13 carries and four touchdowns and four 2-point conversions, David Fennessy with 120 yards on six carries and one touchdown and 1 2-point conversion, Kyle Fox with 12 yards on 3 carries and two touchdowns and 2 2-point conversions, and Trey Lester with 25 yards on two carries. Defensively the Hawks were led by Ty Mitchell, David Fennessy, and Mason Brown each with six tackles.