Hawks lose to Tigers but keeps its spirit up
On Friday, September 4, the Hawks traveled to play the Madrid Tigers for its second game of the season.
The sod was laid, the lights were on, the scoreboard was lit and Woodward was ready to earn its second win against Madrid. When the final whistle blew it was the Tigers - not Hawks - who walked off the field with a win.
Anyone who just scans the box score would assume Woodward-Granger didn’t come to play. Nothing could be further from the truth as the box score doesn’t account for will or determination.
During the first two quarters the Hawks were grinding it out against the Tigers. With a little over eight minutes left before the half, the team forced a fumble which led to junior Tanner Vermaas’s running touchdown. Vermaas’s score cut the Tigers’ lead to 16 and the team seemed to have new life.
That proved to be the lone score for the Hawks. The Tigers scored quickly and jumped to a 36 point lead at halftime. After the half no scores were exchanged as the Hawks fell to the Tigers 42-6.
Head coach George Ashman saw how his team had a no-quit attitude that seemed to emanate from the Hawks’ play even as it was obvious the game was out of reach.
“The kids played hard the whole game,” he said. “If we would have minimized some of our mistakes the score would have been a lot closer. Madrid has a very good running back and we did not do a good job of stopping him.”
There are still seven games left in the season and Madrid was a non-conference contest, which was an important point coach Ashman made to his players.
“We talk to the team about how this is a non district game and yes we want to win it for the sake of pride but, in all it is just a practice game,” he said. “The real season starts now during district play.
For this season the team is 1-1 and looks to bounce back as it travels to take on Interstate 35 High School on Friday, September 11 at 7 o’clock.