On Friday, Sept. 22, the Woodward-Granger Hawks played their Homecoming game against the Interstate-35 Roadrunners. Unfortunately, the Roadrunners were able to take down the Hawks 27-14.
The Roadrunners started the game off strong, holding possession of the ball for nearly half of the first quarter. The Hawks were able to keep the Roadrunners from making it to the end zone, though.
The Hawks still weren’t able to to keep control of the ball while holding possession with many incomplete passes and interceptions.
Soon the clock ran down to the last second and the Roadrunners were at their end zone. Mason Cassady ran the ball into the end zone with no time left on the clock for the Roadrunners first six points of the game. Carter Bussanmas followed with the PAT to end the first quarter 7-0.
The Hawks started the second quarter with the ball, but after Bryce Achenbach’s pass fell incomplete, the Roadrunners had possession again.
Again, the Roadrunners were able to keep possession the majority of the quarter. The Hawks held were able to push the Roadrunners back down the field a bit when they had possession, but not enough to stop them from scoring another touchdown.
On their third down, the Roadrunners were just four yards from the end zone. Luckily for the Hawks, their pass fell incomplete.
Unfortunately, this still didn’t stop the Roadrunners and with just 2:32 left in the half Grant Richardson scored another touchdown. With the kick by Bussanmas, the score was 14-0.
The Hawks possession didn’t start off well, with a dropped punt return and soon after, an incomplete pass.
Again, luckily for the Hawks, with the Roadrunners in control of the ball and just 51 seconds left in the half, two incomplete were thrown, one into the end zone. After their second incomplete pass the Roadrunners decided to go for a field goal, but the kick went wide leaving the score at 14-0 with 41 seconds left.
With their possession, the Hawks were able to take the ball down the field. Payton Tague carried the ball for the Hawks to the 44 yard line, but a flag was called on the play moving the Hawks back 20 yards.
The next play also sent the Hawks back another five yards, but Tague was finally able to move the Hawks forward with a 14 yard carry to the 35 yard line. On the same play, the Hawks gained another five yards from a flag called against the Roadrunners.
Achenbach then ended the half with a five yard carry for the Hawks. The Roadrunners still led at halftime 14-0.
The Hawks had control of the ball in the beginning of the third quarter, but it didn’t take long for the Roadrunners to regain the ball.
The Hawks were able to hold the Roadrunners back, Austin Scharlau was even able to break up a pass, but it wasn’t long before they score again.
With six and a half minutes left on the clock Cassady was running into the end zone again for the Roadrunners. After the PAT, the Roadrunners led the Hawks 21-0.
With a touch back, the Hawks began their possession on the 20 yard line. Scharlau was able to get the Hawks down the field with a 23 yard carry with 2:15 left in the third quarter.
The Hawks held possession the rest of the quarter, even finishing on a first down from a carry by Achenbach.
The fourth quarter didn’t start well for the Hawks, just a minute and a half in, on their fourth down, Achenbach had a incomplete pass intended for Reese Jamison allowing the Roadrunners to have possession.
Finally, with just 5:45 left in the game, the Hawks were just a few yards from the end zone. Tague saw his opportunity and ran the six yards into the end zone for the Hawks’ touchdown. Tague also kicked the end zone putting the score at 21-7.
Tague was the Hawks’ leader in rushing and receiving yards. Tague had 110 rushing yards from 22 attempts and scored the one touchdown for six yards. He only had one reception the entire game, but had a total of 34 receiving yards to lead the Hawks against the Roadrunners.
The Hawks weren’t able to stop the Roadrunners before the end of game, and Cassady was able to score yet another touchdown. The extra point was no good and the score was 27-7.
The Hawks still refused to stop before the clock ran out. Achenbach was threw a six yard pass to Josh Saak who ran the ball into the end zone. Tague scored the PAT and the game ended 27-14.
The Hawks are now 3-2 on the season and will be playing Des Moines Christian next Friday, Sept. 29 at 7 p.m.