The #1 ranked Boyden Hull Rock Valley Nighthawks advanced to the quarterfinals after beating the Garner Hayfield Ventura Cardinals 45-7 on Monday night.
Boyden Hull Rock Valley set the tone for the game when they recovered a Alex Van Gerpen fumble on the Cardinal 24 yard line on the second play from scrimmage. The Nighthawks scored a few plays later when quarterback Brandt Van Roekel hit JC Koerselman for an 18 yard touchdown. With the missed extra point it was 6-0 in favor of the Nighthawks with 10:08 left in the first quarter.
After forcing a Cardinal three an out, the Nighthawks took over again with great field position on the Garner Hayfield Ventura 30 yard line. The Nighthawks drove the ball 30 yards in 1:56 and capped the drive with a 2 yard quarterback keeper by Brandt Van Roekel. The missed two point conversion attempt made the score 12-0 with 6:21 left in the first quarter.
Those missed extra points were avenged for the Nighthawks when they forced another 3 and out, than Luke Keeble and Chris Sietstra blocked a Cardinal punt. The ball rolled through the back of the endzone for a safety, making the score 14-0 with 4:21 left in the first quarter.
Boyden Hull Rock Valley finished off the 21 point first quarter on the next possession when Brandt Van Roekel was able to find JC Koerselman on a 38 yard touchdown pass. Van Roekels second touchdown pass finished off a 58 yard drive in 1:52.
The second quarter was more of the same for the Nighthawks as they added two more touchdowns and a field goal. The first touchdown came on a 26 yard drive in just a 1:25, the scoring play on the drive occurred when Brandt Van Roekel threw his third touchdown pass to Andrew Van Ginkel on a 23 yard pass play. With 10:50 left in the 2nd quarter, the Nighthawks led 28-0.
Van Ginkel wasn’t finished when he added an interception of quarterback Spencer Shaw on the next Garner Hayfield Ventura possession, he returned the interception to the Cardinal 23 yard line. The Nighthawks scored a few plays later on a 25 yard screen pass to Luke Keeble from Brandt Van Roekel. At the 8:53 mark in the second quarter it was Nighthawks 35, Cardinals 0. Boyden Hull Rock Valley added a field goal towards the end of the half after another Andrew Van Ginkel interception turned away the Cardinals, making the score 38-0 at halftime.
The Nighthawks than took the second half kickoff and drove the ball 93 yards in 2:15. Logan Steins scored on a 72 yard run making the score 45-0 with 9:34 left in the third quarter. The Nighthawks scored on each of their first 8 possessions before punting on the 9th possession.
Garner Hayfield Ventura put their first points on the board in the middle of the 4th quarter after a 10 yard touchdown run by Alex Van Gerpen. That rushing play capped a 54 yard drive that lasted 4:38. The final score was 45-7 Nighthawks.
Friday night the Nighthawks (11-0, 6-0 in District) will host 5th ranked Spirit Lake in Hull, which is a rematch of an earlier season game in which Boyden Hull Rock Valley won 25-10. Spirit Lake beat Sheldon 43-7 to advance to the quarterfinal round. Garner Hayfield Ventura will finish the season with a 7-4 record.