By Lisa Hughes
The Hawks football team ran into a buzzsaw at Hemingford Friday night dropping an 83-8 decision to the Bobcats. The Hemingford Bobcats came into the contest undefeated after easily handling their first two opponents. This year is the first year that the Hemingford Bobcats are eligible for the playoffs after switching to 8-man football a few years ago.
The Hawks committed six turnovers in a game where they needed to play mistake free ball to stay competitive. The Cats blocked a Hawks punt and Hemingford’s Kyle Kaman fell on it in the endzone with 8:37 left in the first quarter to get the Cats on the board quickly. The Cats scored four more times in the quarter on a long punt return and interception and from two drives set up by forced punts from the Hawks to lead 38-0 at the end of the first quarter.
Hemingford picked up where they left off in the second quarter putting four scores on the board before the Hawks were able to finally find paydirt when Stevin Horrocks blocked a field goal attempt and Jordan Houser picked it up and scrambled 55 yards for the touchdown. Chris Ray score the PAT and the Hawks trailed 71-8 at the half.
The Cats scored one more time in each of the final two quarters, both coming after Hawks fumbles to round out the final scoring. While stats are not available, Nate Letcher and Levi Ray were the Hawks leading rushers while Chris Ray and Stevin Horrocks led the Hawks in tackles.
The Hawks will be back on the road again Friday when they travel to Leyton for a match-up with the 2-2 Leyton Warriors. Kickoff is set for 7:00 p.m.
By Lisa Hughes