By Lauren Brant
The Hay Springs Hawks football team closed out their regular season on Friday, October 20 as they met their goal of making the playoffs.
Coming into the game, the Hawks were coming off a bye-week and had an overall record of 6-1, which put them in third place in state standings for playoffs.
As the Hawks prepared for the Hyannis Longhorns, they stayed focused on their offensive and defensive strategies that made them successful throughout the season. The Hawks controlled the field throughout the game as Hyannis struggled to stop the Hawks’ offense and get through their defense. Coach Josh Borm was pleased with the balanced offensive as the Hawks threw for 175 yards and ran for 258 yards.
With a 44-34 victory over the Longhorns, the Hawks make their first state playoffs appearance since 2014. That year, the Hawks were defeated by the Bertrand Vikings 48-20.
Friday’s kickoff against Spalding Academy is at 7 p.m. central time and the Hawks are staying focused, despite their excitement. “Our team was excited after the game, but they also understood that we have a lot of work to do,” said Borm.
Despite the execution of the Hawks’ offense and defense against Hyannis, Coach Borm said they are not going to focus on that game, instead focusing on Spalding Academy. “Offensively and defensively we are likely going to install some formations with different personnel,” said Borm.
As the Hawks work through the excitement and distractions of the week, they will rely on their athletic team and plays to propel them through the playoffs.