The Woodward-Granger Hawks played the Mount Ayr Raiders on Friday, Oct. 6. Coach George Ashman was able to land his 100th career victory when the Hawks beat the Raiders 22-6.
The Hawks began the game ahead right from the kickoff. Payton Tague had the kick off return for the Hawks. Tague’s return turned into an 85-yard touchdown just 15 seconds into the game. The Hawks then decided to go for a two-point conversion, which Tague also scored. The Hawks were up 8-0 with 11:47 left in the first quarter.
The first quarter slowed down, with the clock winding down and eventually ending with the score still 8-0.
The second quarter started out slow. It wasn’t until there was nine and a half minutes left on the clock that it looked like a touchdown might be scored.
Raider Brad Phelps recovered a Hawk fumble and ran the ball into the end zone. Luckily for the Hawks, the touchdown was no good when the Raiders had a holding penalty called against them. Although the Hawks gained another 15 yards on the penalty, they weren’t able to make it down the field.
The rest of the half was slow and the score remained the same.
The Hawks started the third quarter out quickly. The Hawks gained the ball with a fumble recovery and soon were just 31 yards from the goal line.
Bryce Achenbach was able to catch the 31-yard pass in the end zone for the Hawks. Unfortunately, the touchdown didn’t count, due to a penalty called against the Hawks.
The Hawks were allowed to replay the down, though. With 10:39 still left in the third quarter, Josh Saak caught a 30-yard pass from Brendan Bird and ran the ball just one yard short of goal.
Bird ran the ball the last yard into the end zone, scoring the Hawks second touchdown. Matt Hansen kicked the PAT for the Hawks and put the score at 15-0.
As the time ran out on the quarter, the Hawks were able to hold possession after a flag was thrown against the Raiders during the Hawks punt.
The Hawks started with the ball and held possession until eight minutes were left in the fourth quarter; it wasn’t until a fumble that the Raiders gained possession.
The Raiders’ possession didn’t last long and soon the the Hawks were back at their end zone. Bird was able to score the Hawks’ third and final touchdown, with just over seven minutes left in the game, when he ran the four yards into the end zone. The extra point was good and the Hawks led 22-0
The Raiders managed to get on the board with four and a half minutes left, but it wasn’t enough to stop the Hawks. The Hawks won the game 22-6 and are now 5-2 on the season.
The Hawks will be playing Pleasantville next Friday (Oct. 13) at 7 p.m.