The Nighthawks started the game with a 2 minute 60 yard drive, scoring when Brady Post found Kobe Lutjens for an 8 yard TD pass. Boyden Hull Rock Valley held the lead until Western Christian tied the game on a 65 yard drive of their own which lasted just over 4 minutes. Tyson Kooima scrambled for the score to even things up at 7.
Ben Granstra gave the Wolfpack the lead with his own touchdown run finishing off an 80 yard drive shortly before halftime. With :35 left in the half the Wolfpack took the lead 13-7.
The second half belonged to the Nighthawks as they scored 21 unanswered points, the first two off of Kooima interceptions. The first intercepted pass of Kooima was by Ashton Kooiker, who also finished off the drive with a one yard touchdown run giving the Nighthawks a 14-13 lead. The second Kooima interception led to a 35 yard scoring drive punctuated by Miles Van Maanen’s first rushing touchdown of the game. With the successful extra point the score was 21-13 in favor of the Nighthawks.
Boyden Hull Rock Valley finished off the scoring barrage when a blocked punt gave the Nighthawks possession at the 5 yard line. A short 3 runs later, the Nighthawks took a 28-13 lead going into the 4th quarter.
Both teams traded scores in the 4th quarter. First the Wolfpack shortened the Nighthawk lead by scoring on a 14 yard touchdown pass from Tyson Kooima to Taylor Miedema. The missed extra point however left a 9 point deficit with 3:01 left in the game instead of 8, and forced an unsuccessful onside kick attempt. The Nighthawks took advantage and scored on a 4th down 31 yard pass when trying to bleed the clock, from Brady Post to Shane Solberg. The touchdown pass finished off the scoring and the Nighthawks won 34-19.
Boyden Hull Rock Valley (1-0, 0-0) will host Sioux Center next week in a non-district game. Western Christian (0-1, 0-0) will travel to Le Mars in non-district play next week.
Editors Note: Kobe Lutjens was mistakenly identified as Jordan in earlier version of this recap.