Hawks lose a close one to Roadrunners

Cesar J ToledoSports ReporterCtoledo@theperrychief.com
Hawks lose a close one to Roadrunners

Last Friday the Woodward-Granger Hawks squared off against the Interstate 35 Roadrunners in an 8-2 football contest, which some might have mistaken for a baseball game.

Both offenses were having trouble getting into any sort of rhythm. It was a defensive contest as the Hawks-D looked pretty solid. The team’s defense recorded three sacks on Roadrunner senior quarterback Jaylan White. It also forced a fumble that was recovered by Hawks senior Cole Moran.

The Hawks offense gave up an early safety due to a miscommunication that pinned the team on its own two yard line. A few plays later the Hawks were tackled in its own end zone, resulting in two points.

Moments later, the Roadrunners were on its own 18-yard line and setting up to punt on fourth down. A high snap sailed over the punter’s head. He decided to kick the ball out of the end zone rather than give the Hawks new life. The play resulted in a safety and tied the game at 2-2.

That’s how it remained until late in the second quarter when Roadrunner quarterback White connected with senior receiver Cole Daniels on a 21-yard touchdown pass, which put Interstate 35 up by six points right before the half.

The third and fourth quarters told the same story as neither team was able to score. The Hawks did see its running game improve as the game progressed. Junior running back Tanner Vermaas amassed 101 yards rushing on 30 carries. His total was 100-yards shy of his personal goal, but he was happy to see the run game improve.

“The line started to come together,” he said.

Throughout the contest the Hawks had plenty of opportunities to win or at least tie the game. Even towards the end the Hawks were threatening to punch it in, when head coach George Ashman put his faith in the players and let them decide which play to run.

“The athletes helped call a few plays at crunch time,” he said. “As a coach you have to believe in your kids.”

The players executed what they thought was their best option. Unfortunately for them, the gamble didn’t unfold the Hawks way. On fourth down the Hawks were stopped and turned the ball over on downs. The loss puts the Hawks overall record at 1-2 with an 0-1 conference record. The loss stings but coach Ashman saw it as a teachable moment.

“Our kids saw that they needed to dig down a little more this last game,” he said. “I think that for a couple of years we’ve been good so it has been one of those things that we will get it done. I am hoping that these guys realize they can play better. They didn’t play bad Friday. We just had some bad breaks.”

The Hawks will be home on Friday, September 18, as they face off against the Panorama High School Panthers.