Hannan blanks Cohen in Country Day Jamboree

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Audio — Hannan head coach Scott Wattigny postgame:

NEW ORLEANS – Last week against Newman, Archbishop Hannan looked like a team without an identity. They appeared to find that identity against Cohen College Prep on Friday evening.

Playing in the first half of the Country Day Jamboree at Pan American Stadium, Hannan was guided by junior Jake Dalmado, who rushed for 64 yards and two touchdowns on just five carries to lead the Hawks to a 23-0 victory in the final practice competition before the regular season.

It was a vast improvement for Hannan following their struggle to put together positive yards at all on offense against the Greenies or slow down dynamic freshman quarterback Arch Manning. The defense had no trouble stopping Cohen, as they held the Green Hornets vaunted Wing-T rushing attack to just 5 yards of total offense.

“I thought we did what we needed to do from last Thursday,” said head coach Scott Wattigny. “We took a look at the film, identified our problems and learned from them.  Tonight was evident of that. We have a huge test next week against Chalmette. They’re going to be a damn good football team and they have great coaches over there so we’re excited for that.”

Cohen, on the other hand, was the team that appeared to be in search of answers on Friday night. The Green Hornets were able to register a pair of sacks (both by Nashon Williams) and an interception on defense, but it wasn’t enough to slow down the Hawks rushing attack. They also surrendered a passing touchdown in the second half as Brantley Taylor found Ezra Travers from 41 yards out along the sideline.

“Our potential is way out there but we’re not there yet,” said head coach Ben Powell. “We’ve got to do a lot of little bitty things every day to meet that potential. We’ve got to keep working every single day winning the day to get where we want to be. We’ve got to polish up a ton of things. We can’t just say ‘Oh we got a little bit better from the scrimmage’ or anything. It has to be a daily process to find our potential.”

Dalmado’s two touchdowns both came on runs in the first half. The first one came when he found a whole up the middle before juking a linebacker and taking off for a 40 yard run away. The second came on first and goal from the 5-yard line on an easy run up the middle to pad the lead. The Hawks went for two points twice on the evening and converted both attempts.

Hannan opens the season up September 6 against Chalmette while Cohen starts the season on the same night against Livingston Collegiate.

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