A stout defensive presence by the visiting Eagles football team coupled with a tough offensive night for the Hawks culminated in a 31-8 home loss and a chance of some postseason play.


Last Friday night, Oct. 20, the Woodward-Granger Hawks (6-3, 5-2) failed in their attempt to out soar the Pella Christian Eagles (9-0, 7-0).


W-G’s loss ultimately landed them in fourth place in Class 1A District 5 play, with the 7-2 Pleasantville Trojans earning second place and the final playoff berth.


It would be a crushing defeat for the Hawks who found it hard to score any points as their only offensive highlight of the night came on a 66-yard touchdown pass to sophomore Bryce Achenbach from senior, quarterback Brendan Bird.


Bird finished his night with seven passes on 21 attempts for 126 yards, a TD and two interceptions. He also rushed 13 times for 91 yards.


Achenbach led the quartet of receivers that included three seniors, J.P. Nixon, Austin Scharlau, and Payton Tague, in receiving yards with 80 on two catches. Nixon caught one pass for three yards, Scharlau nabbed four for 23 yards and Tague finished with 20 yards on one reception.


Tague accumulated most of his stats on the ground where he led everyone with 149 yards on 30 carries. Scharlau ran four times for 13 yards while Nixon carried twice for 18. Nixon also scored a two point conversion.


On the defensive side the Hawks, led by Scharlau’s 10 total tackles - eight solo, recorded 47.5 tackles including 38 solo tackles - five for losses with 19 tackle assists and two fumble recoveries.


Through the air they gave up 317 yards and three scores and allowed the Eagles’ run game 174 yards on 36 carries and a touchdown.