The Woodward-Granger Hawks played hometown rivals the Woodward-Academy Knights on Friday, Sept. 8. The Hawks dominated the Knights when they won 62-14.
The Hawks began the game right away with a 31-yard rushing touchdown by Austin Scharlau. With 8:11 minutes left on the clock in the first quarter, kicker Matt Hansen ran the ball into the end zone for the Hawks for their first two-point conversion of the game.
The clock went on, the Knights weren’t able to keep the Hawks from gaining yards, but were able to stop them from scoring. With five minutes left in the quarter, the Hawks turned over the ball to the Knights after an incomplete pass was thrown from Bredan Bird to JP Nixon.
The Knights’ possession didn’t last long though. Hawk Payton Tague was able to break up a pass from the Knights’ Galvester Robinson II to Kareen Wilson. Although he intercepted the pass, Tague couldn’t hold on to the ball and fumbled leaving the Knights with another chance to make it down the field.
However, on the following snap, the Knights fumbled allowing the Hawks to recover the ball.
With a minute and a half to go, Tague ran the ball eight yards into the end zone for the second touchdown of the game. With the hand off, Tague also scored the Hawks’ two-point conversion.
After a Hawk punt and a few more plays, the scoreboard read 16-0, ending the first quarter.
Just one minute into the second quarter the the Hawks scored another touchdown. Bird passed the ball to Nixon who ran the ball 60 yards down the field to put the score at 22-0. The Hawks went for another two-point conversion, putting them up 24 points.
The Knights finally got their chance to score with 9:14 minutes left in the half. Robinson II passed the ball to Ashaun Phillips who ran the ball 66 yards for the Knights’ first six points. Senior Jose Topete kicked the Knights extra point, putting the score at 24-7.
After the punt return, the Hawks weren’t able to make it down the field with two incomplete passes in a row.
Finally, they decided to run the ball and soon another touchdown was scored. Senior Cole Carmen was responsible for the touchdown. Carmen carried the ball three yards into the end zone and was followed by a two-point conversion scored by Nixon. With six and a half minutes left on the clock the score was 32-7.
The clock ticked on and four minutes later, Tague intercepted a Knight pass to run the ball 59 yards down the field for another Hawk touchdown. The Hawks continued to go for a two-point conversion bumping up the score to 40-7.
With 43 seconds left, Tague intercepted yet another Knight pass to run the ball. Scharlau scored his second two-point conversion of the game and the scoreboard read 48-7.
The half still wasn’t over yet. The Knights’ Anthony Ward III had an 85-yard punt return touchdown with just 30 seconds left. The Knights’ PAT was good and the half ended 48-14.
“We had a couple pick-sixes there which gives us a few more [points] and our kids played well,” said coach George Ashman. “Sixty-two is not what we were looking to do, but you know, like I said, you get two pick-sixes and that helps and if it’s early. In varsity football you try to play your players through third quarter, usually, and we took our guys off that kick-off and they ran it back before half so I tried to do some of those things.”
The ball went back and forth the first four minutes of the third quarter. With eight minutes left in the quarter, Tague carried the ball into the end zone again and with a successful two-point conversion the score was 56-14.
On the Knights’ possession, a fumble was called against them which allowed the Hawks to pick up the ball and regain possession.
The Hawks’ final touchdown came with five minutes left in the third quarter. Bryce Achenbach scored six more points with his 19-yard rushing touchdown. After his touchdown, the Hawks decided to go for a PAT, but the kick was no good and the score remained at 62-14.
The clock ticked on the third quarter, ending with the score of 62-14.
The fourth quarter went back and forth with both teams holding one another from the end zone. With the neither team scoring again, the Hawks won the game 62-14, moving their season record up to 2-1.
“I think our kids were just ready to play tonight, they were just ready to go,” Ashman said. “We had a tough loss against Van Meter last week, we played really well to start and we had some mistakes and you can’t do that with a great football team.”
The Hawks’ next game is on the road on Friday, Sept. 15 against Central Decatur at 7 p.m.
“I would say everybody did their job tonight,” Ashman said, “going into district play, they were excited for that and they wanted to be 1-0 in the district. We got a pretty tough game next week with Central Decatur, it’s their homecoming, we gotta go down there - they got a brand new field, it’s awesome - so we need to get focused right away. We just need to be focused for next week, it’s a road game and it’s district play now.”