By Lisa Hughes
The Hawks picked up their second win of the season with a 36-16 victory over the winless Banner County Wildcats Friday night, October 5, to put a punctuation mark on a week of exciting Homecoming activities.
The Wildcats were the first team to get on the scoreboard Friday night when quarterback Ben Hostetler scored from the 12 yard run after a Hawks’ fumble. Tyson Dahlgrin score the two point conversion and the Wildcats held their only lead of the ball game. The Hawks answered the Wildcats immediately when Stevin Horrocks scored on a 72 yard punt return to make the score 8-6 in favor of the Wildcats.
In the second quarter, the Hawks capped off a 41 yard drive with a 17 yard touchdown pass from Regg Strotheide to Austin Reed. Strotheide kept the ball himself on the two-point conversion and the Hawks led 14-8 with 3:20 left in the half. On the Wildcats next possession, the Hawks’ Horrocks picked a Hostetler pass at the 19 yard line and returned it for a touchdown. Jordan Houser scored on the two-point conversion and the Hawks held a 22-8 lead at the half.
Midway through the third quarter the Wildcats’ Hostetler scored on a 1 yard run with Dahlgrin converting the extra point attempt to bring the Wildcats within six points when the quarter came to an end.
The fourth quarter belonged to the Hawks with Joey Johnson scoring on a 65 yard run and Strotheide finding Reed for his second touchdown of the game after the Hawks defense intercepted a Banner County pass.
Leading rushers for the Hawks were Joey Johnson and Jordan Houser. Austin Reed and Nate Letcher led the Hawks receivers. Five Hawks led the defense in tackles including Houser, Horrocks, Johnson, Chris Ray, and Riley Abbott. The Hawks defense also got to Banner County’s quarterback 5 times in the game.