A field goal was the Woodward-Granger Hawks’ only offensive score of the night as they suffer a 31-3 defeat against rivals, the Van Meter Bulldogs.


On the road at Van Meter on Friday, Sept. 1, the Hawks (1-1) had no answers for a Bulldogs’ (2-0) rushing attack that scorched the visitor’s defense for 225 yards on 41 attempts and two scores.


Van Meter’s Carson Rhodes was a one-man wrecking crew racking up 152 of those yards on 22 carries with a score.


The Hawks’ defense, led by senior Austin Scharlau’s team high 11 tackles including five solo and 11 assists, gave up another 15 points - two through the air and a field goal.


On offense Scharlau and teammate Payton Tague led the squad’s ground game with a combined 59 yards on 25 carries, (Scharlau 12 for 29, Tague - 15 for 30).


For the second week in a row senior Brendan Bird got the start under center. He completed eight of his 16 attempts for 101 yards but had two interceptions.


Bird completed five of his throws to fellow senior J.P. Nixon who led the team with 50 receiving yards. Bryce Achenbach accounted for another 42 yards on his two grabs.


The Hawks’ lone three points came from kicker, sophomore Matt Hansen who converted his only attempt from 28 yards.


It will be a short practice week for the Hawks who look to take out their loss when they welcome their neighbors the Woodward Academy Knights on Friday, Sept. 8.