Hancock Football in first place tie atop Region 4 Class 6A standings
Truth be told, the Hancock football program hasn’t done a lot of winning over the years, but that’s all starting to change under first-year Head Coach Neil Lollar. The Hawks are off to a 5-1 start, with a 2-0 district record which has them tied atop the Region 4 Class 6A standings.
With the Coach Lollar effect in full effect, the Hawks are just doing what they do leading up to Friday’s first place battle at Gulfport.
These days, Hancock football practices are loud. You can hear the stadium music from several blocks away. They’re fun, intense, high-octane business meetings and that’s just how Head Coach Neil Lollar likes it. “They know that I have, I tend to have a lot of energy.”
“Coach Lollar brings a lot of energy to us and we really bought into that.”
And that energy translates to the field on game day. “It’s kind of a snowball effect. They have some confidence and that’s good and they should. But they also understand the task at hand each day at practice,” said Lollar.
Wide Receiver Brooks Rayburn said,”He really brings the heart to the team, he keeps us going. When we’re down in the game he’s there always to keep us up, keep us going and fighting. And he’s the reason we win.”
Hancock’s five wins are already more than the back-to-back four win seasons preceding this one and the Hawks are well on their way to returning to the playoffs for the first time since 2014. But first things first is Friday’s showdown versus Gulfport. “We do understand that somebody coming out of this game is going to be 3-0.”
Middle Linebacker Trenton Ladner said,”It’s going to be a dogfight. From the opening kickoff to the last horn it’s going to be the least amount of mistakes will win.”
Beating the Admirals would be nothing short of a statement game, at the very least proving Hancock’s wins over Ocean Springs and St. Martin weren’t flukes. “It’s amazing, it feels great. It’s a whole nother feeling proving people wrong, I like it.”
No one likes it more than Coach Lollar, who’s got the Hawks looking like a serious contender halfway through the season. And that’s the Neil Lollar effect, making winning once again the expectation at Brett Favre’s alma mater. “It’s amazing, I love it. I love being a part of it. I wouldn’t ask for anything else.”
“It’s very prideful. You carry yourself a lot better on the field and off the field, is you’re proud to wear a Hancock shirt around to Gulfport or to the mall or wherever you go you’re wearing that shirt with pride. As before you might second guess wearing that shirt around, but you’re proud about it now.”
Coach Lollar has been at Hancock for five years total, serving as defensive coordinator last year and defensive backs coach the three prior to that.
The Hawks face their tallest task yet come Friday when they travel to Gulfport for a 7 p.m. kickoff at Milner Stadium.