Player of the Week: Mackey overcomes heavy heart to rally Hornets past Newberry 20-14


The Sonic Drive-In Player-of-the-Game for Friday, September 4th was Chaz’ Mackey of the Hawthorne Hornets.

 Mackey, a transfer quarterback from North Marion High School, threw two TD passes, including a 6-yard scoring pass to junior tight end Max Lacava with 3:25 to play in the game as Hawthorne rallied for a 20-14 win against Newberry in the season opener for both teams.
The junior QB was playing with a heavy heart after his dad passed away on August 15.

Chaz’ Mackey of the Hawthorne Hornets.
“He missed one day of practice and texted me why he missed (funeral arrangements),” said Hawthorne coach Cornelius Ingram. “That tells you what kind of guy he is. He played well for his first start. I’m excited. He was definitely fun to watch.”
Mackey also had the first touchdown of the game.
His 30-yard scoring toss to a wide open Johnquavis Jones gave the Hornets (1-0) a 6-0 lead, after the PAT failed, with 6:52 to play in the opening quarter.
“It feels good,” said Mackey, who noted that he talked to his dad before the game so he knew he was there. “Our team fought through adversity and came up with a win.”
Newberry scored 14 points in a span of 18 seconds late in the second quarter to take a 14-12 lead at the half.
Senior Kobe Delima scored on a 4-yard run for the Panthers (0-1) and senior Makai Johnson connected with Leontre’ Robinson on a 16-yard scoring pass as the horn sounded for a 14-12 lead at the half.
“We expected a tough game,” said Newberry coach Ed Johnson. “There were a lot of positives and negatives. We’ll try and get it cleaned up for next week’s game (home vs. Trenton).”

Hawthorne will be off next week.  The Hornets will travel to Middleburg on Friday, Sept. 18th.

Become A Member

Mainstreet does not have a paywall, but pavement-pounding journalism is not free. Join your neighbors who make this vital work possible.

In other local and regional games:
Branford holds off Williston 26-24
The Branford Buccaneers took an early lead against the Williston Red Devils and then held on to win 26-24 in both schools opening games. Williston trailed 26-14 but scored the final 10 points of the game, but still came up short.

Williston (0-1) is home next Friday against the North Florida Educational Institute of Jacksonville, while Branford (1-0) travels to Bell to face the Bulldogs in their home opener.

Overtime field goal lifts Trenton past PK Yonge 26-23

After three straight quarters of scoreless football, the Trenton Tigers and PK Yonge Blue Wave put on a clinic in frenetic offense in the fourth quarter which resulted in a 23-23 tie. 

Trenton’s placekicker Preston Blankenship was successful on a 21-yard field goal attempt that was the difference in the game, giving the Tigers a 26-23 victory.

Trenton (1-0) goes on the road to face Newberry (0-1) next Friday night, while P.K. Yonge (0-1) is home against Gainesville Eastside, which will be its season opener.

Oak Hall wins tense battle with Clearwater Lakeside Christian 30-24

Gainesville Oak Hall knocked off Clearwater Lakeside Christian 30-24 in opening week high school football action on September 4th.

Clearwater Lakeside Christian rallied in the final quarter, but Oak Hall skirted trouble with just enough offense to thwart all hopes.

The Eagles broke in front at the beginning of the fourth quarter with a 30-8 lead over the Lions.

Both offenses were muted in an unproductive second quarter, resulting in an 8-6 halftime score.

The Lions started on steady ground by forging an 8-6 lead over the Eagles at the end of the first quarter.

Jacksonville Trinity Christian blanks Buchholz 14-0

Dominating defense was the calling card of Jacksonville Trinity Christian on Friday as it blanked Gainesville Buchholz 14-0.

The scoreboard was in hibernation in the third and final quarters, with neither team scoring.

Jacksonville Trinity Christian fought to a 14-0 intermission margin at Gainesville Buchholz’s expense.

The Conquerors opened with a 7-0 advantage over the Bobcats through the first quarter.

Callahan West Nassau routs Palatka 43-6

Callahan West Nassau controlled the scoreboard and the game in a sound 43-6 victory over Palatka Friday night.

Neither defense permitted points in the first and third quarters, leaving the score 29-6 at first quarter.

Callahan West Nassau’s offense stormed to a 29-6 lead over Palatka at halftime.

St. Augustine St. Joseph tames St. Francis’ offense 19-0

St. Augustine St. Joseph corralled Gainesville St. Francis’ offense and never let go to fuel a 19-0 victory.

Defense dominated scoreless second and final quarters, helping the Flashes finish off the Wolves.

St. Augustine St. Joseph’s might showed as it carried a 19-0 lead into the fourth quarter.

The first quarter gave St. Augustine St. Joseph a 7-0 lead over Gainesville St. Francis.

Baker County blasts Bradford 33-6

The Baker County Wildcats defended their home turf, defeating the Bradford Tornadoes 33-6 in the opening game of the season for both teams. 

The Wildcats’ influence showed as they carried a 13-6 lead into the fourth quarter.

Neither defense permitted points in the second quarter, leaving the score 6-0 at halftime.

Baker County jumped in front of Bradford 6-0 to begin the second quarter.

The Wildcats (1-0) travel to Orange Park next week for their second game of the season, while Bradford (0-1) returns home to play Keystone Heights.

Bronson rallies past Ocala Christian 40-26

The Bronson Eagles flew high in its opening game, defeating Ocala Christian 40-26 in the first week of high school football. 

The Eagles rallied from a 20-6 deficit at halftime when they scored 26 unanswered points in the third quarter and cruised to victory.

Bronson (1-0) stays at home next week when they face Halifax Academy from Daytona Beach. Ocala Christian (0-1), will be at home against Legacy Charter from Ocoee.

Suwannee rolls over Santa Fe 41-10

The Suwannee Bulldogs defended their turf in a big way with a 41-10 victory against the Santa Fe Raiders. It was the season opener for both teams.

Live Oak Suwannee’s upper-hand showed as it carried a 41-3 lead into the fourth quarter.

The Bulldogs’ offense thundered to a 21-3 lead over the Raiders at the intermission.

Live Oak Suwannee opened with a 7-3 advantage over Alachua Santa Fe through the first quarter.

Suwannee (1-0), travels to Hamilton County next Friday for its second game of the season, while Santa Fe (0-1), is at home against Gainesville High.

Enjoying our local sports coverage? Get Mike Ridaught's twice weekly sports newsletter in your inbox.
Sports Newsletter Form
Notify of
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments