LAST MEETING — W-G had little trouble with Ogden as the Hawks opened their season with a 61-14 win. Taylor Ashman was 9-of-12 for 118 yards and two touchdowns in the air, with Andrew McCune rushing for 203 yards and five scores. Both have since graduated. Marshall Nieland caught four passes for 71 yards and a TD and returned an interception 10 yards for a score while Tanner Canova pulled in a 12-yard TD strike.– Caleb Fry was 9-17-3 for 134 yards and a score through the air for Ogden. Cayce Good had three receptions for 49 yards and a TD while Luke West had 38 yards on three snags. Nieland led the Hawk defense with six tackles while Henry Haglund, Grant Heineman, Kody Hoskins and Jake West all had five tackles apiece for the Bulldogs.
ABOUT THE HAWKS — Junior Cole Ashman will step in for his graduated brother Taylor, who ran the offense for four seasons. Cole was just 4-of-8 for 46 yards in 2012. He will have a rebuilt backfield behind him, with Ashton Kooiker (37 carries, 212 yards) and Nieland (19-161, 1 TD) the leading returning rushers. Nieland caught 43 passes for 823 yards and 10 TDs in earning all-state recognition while Canova had eight receptions for 253 yards and four scores. Canova’s 57 tackles are the highest returning number, with Dylan Nixon having made 54 stops while Nieland had five interceptions, four of which he returned for TDs. Lane Kooiker returns at punter after averaging a solid 36.6 yards on 29 punts.
ABOUT THE BULLDOGS — Fry is back for his sophomore season after chalking up 1,527 yards and 16 TDs on 106-of-203 passes last year. He was intercepted seven times. Cayce Good is the top choice back in the passing game after pulling in 32 balls for 432 yards and five scores last season. Jonathon Thompson is the lead rusher returning after gaining 430 yards and scoring three times on 74 runs, with Jake West back after 32 carries for 265 yards and two TDs. The Bulldog defense will be led by Haglund (113 tackles), with Hoskins (88 stops) and Jake West (70 denials) also likely to have an impact.