Huntingdon fumbles lead, drops game against Birmingham Southern

Huntingdon fumbles lead, drops game against Birmingham Southern
Huntingdon running back Eric Thomas finishes a strong run for the Hawks against Birmingham-Southern.

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - A week after having their first game ruled a no contest after a lengthy lightning delay, the Huntingdon Hawks (0-1) finished their contest Saturday, but it wasn't the outcome they wanted as they fell 41-35 to Birmingham Southern College (2-0).

At one point the Hawks enjoyed a 15-point lead, but that lead fell by the wayside as the Panthers stormed back to not only take the lead, but build a double-digit lead of their own in Saturday's meeting at Huntingdon's Samford Stadium.

Things started off well for the Hawks and after scoring 58 points before last week's lightning delay, they looked like they were primed for another big scoring day Saturday, but it was not so.

Birmingham Southern kept things close the majority of the game, only falling behind by double digits for a moment.

Huntingdon's Michael Lambert had a rough day at the quarterback position. Lambert completed just 11 of 34 passes for 177 yards. He had two touchdown passes, but paired that with four interceptions.

Birmingham Southern's dual-quarterback scheme proved to be more successful. Combined, Burk Williams and Trevor Oakes completed 28 passes for 536 yards - 315 for Williams and 221 for Oakes.

But what the Hawks lacked at quarterback, they made up for in the running game. Eric Thomas powered the running game for the Haws offense, carrying the rock 16 times for 158 yards and three scores, but it just wasn't enough.

The Panthers began to make their move in the third quarter, the pivotal point in the game.

Burk Williams tossed a 19-yard touchdown pass to Gentry Neese to cut Huntingdon's 28-13 lead to 28-19. The Panthers missed the extra point and kept the Hawks up by two scores.

Robert Shufford added a 3-yard touchdown run for the Panthers to cut the lead to 26-28, part of a big 22-point fourth quarter frame for BSC.

After Lambert threw one of his four interceptions, Williams then hit Shufford for 77 yards on the next BSC possession, giving the Panthers their first lead of the game. A lead they would eventually add on to and keep.

The Hawks scored a late touchdown with six seconds left, but by then it was already too late. Their wings had been clipped.

Now the Hawks regroup. They'll enter a BYE week next before returning Sept. 22 against Thomas More.

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