Nighthawks Come Up Short in Shootout
Date posted - October 2, 2015
The Nighthawks were the first to score on their opening drive with a 26 yard field goal by Jose Ruvalcaba with 8:43 to go in the 1st. Heelan would answer the very next drive with a Saybian Clark 22 yard touchdown run, making it 7-3 in favor of the Crusaders midway through the 1st. Heelan would again reach the endzone on the legs of Clark with 3:36 left in the opening quarter. The score was 14-3 in favor of Heelan. The Nighthawks would respond with touchdown of their own with a 25 yard touchdown pass from Brady Post to Shane Solberg. The Nighthawks would cut the lead to 5, down 14-9. Heelan would answer a minute later with a Saybian Clark 73 yard touchdown run, making it 21-9 heading into the 2nd quarter.
Heelan would push the score to 28-9 early in the 2nd after Brady Post threw an interception, and Clark would get to the endzone for the 4th time of the game from 16 yards out. BHRV would get back into scoring mode, with Myles Van Maanen running for 35 yards, and later on the end of a 12 yard TD reception, making it 28-16 in favor of Bishop Heelan. The Nighthawks would capitalize on a Crusader turnover midway through the 2nd with Post finding Kobe Lutjens on a 29 yard jump ball, cutting the score to 28-22, still in Heelan’s favor. Clark would score his 5th TD of the night with a 1:14 left in the half from 3 yards out. BHRV would get in the endzone just before half. After a bomb to Dalton Moser and a long Shane Solberg screen, Brady Post would sneak it in to cut the score to 35-29 heading into halftime.
Heelan would get a touchdown through the air early in the 3rd quarter, and Boyde-Hull/Rock Valley would respond with a touchdown pass themselves as Brady Post slid up in the pocket in the face of pressure and found a wide open Shane Solberg for the 29 yard score. After 3 it was 42-35 in the Crusaders favor.
Heelan’s Clark would get back into the endzone for the sixth and final time midway through the 4th and that would be your final score 49-35.
Heelan improves to 5-1 on the season, 2-1 in district play, and heads to Carroll next week.
The Nighthawks fall to 4-2 on the season, 1-2 in the district, and visit Storm Lake next Friday.