Tuesday August 16, 2011
Blackville, SC--Anytime a small school loses 17 seniors, you would expect a major drop off. For Blackville-Hilda, that's not usually the case. The Fighting Hawks haven't had a losing season in over a decade and they don't plan on having one this fall either.
While they may lack the numbers or depth, this is one of the top coached teams around. David Berry has been there forever and gets the most out of the kids. Tradition means a lot in Blackville, and it's not lost on the players or coach, but you still have to put in the work.
"Well, they expect to win but you know, they still got to work," says long time Coach Berry. "Just because you expect to, it doesn't mean it's going to happen. You got to put forth the effort, you got to have to do the things right. You have to block and you have to tackle, and that's the name of the game. If you don't do those two things you're not going to be to successful."
"We're Blackville-Hilda, everyone hates on us," says senior Terrell Haynes. "So we're going to show them this year. We're going to play hard, hope to win some games this year and hopefully go to the championship."
Haynes is one of a handful of starters back so he'll be asked to do a little more. Coach Berry also is preaching to himself about being patient until they pick things up. Blackville gets an early jump on things. They play Friday night against rival Barnwell.