Kahoks get redemption in win over Edwardsville
September 20, 2008

Steve Korte
News Democrat
September 20, 2008

COLLINSVILLE --The Collinsville Kahoks wiped away more than two decades of frustration against the Edwardsville Tigers in one night.

Senior quarterback Jevon Hawkins threw four touchdown passes and ran for another touchdown as the Kahoks rolled over the Tigers 59-28 Friday in a Southwestern Conference game.

It was a landmark win for the Kahoks. Their last official win over the Tigers was a 13-10 decision in 1982. They beat the Tigers 21-7 in 1984, but later had to forfeit the game.

"This program hasn't had a lot of success," said Mike Liljegren, who had posted a 6-42 record in his six seasons as the Kahoks' head coach coming into the contest. "I knew that coming in, but it was a good move for my family. We've been chipping away and chipping. The guy who said that you go out and bang on a big rock for a year, and on the 365th day when you bang on it, it cracks open. It wasn't the hammer on that 365th day. It was all the hits on the 364 days before that."

Hawkins provided the final blow that caused the rock to crumble. He completed 8 of 13 passes for 334 yards. He capped off his stellar night with a 62-yard run late in the third quarter.

Hawkins threw a 51-yard pass to Andre Borney on the first play from scrimmage, setting the tone for the night. He threw a 27-yard touchdown pass to Mike Luther, an 80-yard touchdown pass to Chris Marshall and an 80-yard touchdown passs to Borney in helping the Kahoks build up a 33-14 halftime lead.

"Marshall and Borney came through, and our defense stopped them," Hawkins said. "They were just no match for us. We haven't played like a team until tonight. We showed that we could be a good team this year."

The win improved the Kahoks to 1-3. Their three losses came by a combined total of 15 points.

"We haven't turned any corners yet," Liljegren said. "We're still 1-3, and we want to be a playoff football team. We still have a long ways to go, and we're going to enjoy it tonight, but tomorrow we're going to go back to work."

The loss knocked the Tigers to 3-1.

"We couldn't shut them down defensively, and offensively anything that we could do to shoot ourselves in the foot, we did," Tigers coach Mark Bliss said. "I'm been doing this for 21 years, and I've never been a part of anything like this. I have a gentleman on my staff who has been doing this for 37 years, and he said, 'If you do it long enough, you'll experience it,' and I did tonight."

Tim McGary scored the Kahoks' first touchdown with a 1-yard run. He scored their last touchdown with an 8-yard run with 2:57 left in the fourth quarter.

Sophomore running back Rodney Coe ran for more than 200 yards, including touchdown runs of 9, 1 and 21 yards, for the Tigers.

Senior quarterback Ishmiah Roundtree threw a 34-yard touchown pass to Will Trigges, who wrestled the ball away from a defender to tie the game at 14-14 with 5:11 left in the first quarter.

The Kahoks would score 39 unanswered points to eventually go ahead 53-14 early in the fourth quarter.

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