Nighthawks Strong 2nd Half Leads To Victory

The Nighthawks emerged victorious against the Western Christian Wolfpack Friday Night 26-0 at Hesla Field in Hull.

Both Western Christian and Boyden Hull Rock Valley were held scoreless in the first half, a combined six three and outs, three turnovers, and poor field position kept both teams from reaching the end zone. The most notable play of the first half came late in the second quarter when the Nighthawks John Heitritter forced a Drew Van Sloten fumble on the Nighthawks 13 yard line.  The resulting turnover stopped a promising Wolfpack drive and kept the score tied at 0 going into halftime.

The Nighthawks wasted no time in the third quarter, as they scored on four of the first five second half possessions.  The first score came at the 9:03 mark in the third quarter when Logan Steins was able to punch it in from 5 yards out, capping a 61 yard drive in 2:57.  The extra point was no good making the score 6-0 at that point.

After trading failed possessions, the Nighthawks were fortunate to get good field position when a high snap eluded the Wolfpack Punter Justin Faber. Boyden Hull Rock Valley recovered on the 12 yard line and scored two plays later on an Ashton Kooiker 3 yard TD run.  The two point conversion was run in by quarterback Andrew Van Ginkel, and the score was 14-0 with 5:06 left in the third quarter.  The next Nighthawks possession lasted only three plays as Andrew Van Ginkel ran on 3rd down nearly untouched for 86 yards and the score, the extra point was no good making the score 20-0 with 28 seconds left in the 3rd.

On the following Wolfpack possession, Western Christian quarterback Daniel Van Maanen threw an interception to defensive back Riley Francis deep in Nighthawk territory. Boyden Hull Rock Valley capitalized by scoring on a 90 yard drive eating 4:13 off the game clock. The Nighthawk drive was finished off with an Andrew Van Ginkel 21 yard touchdown run.  Van Ginkel finished unofficially with over 225 yards from scrimmage, two scores, and an interception thrown and received.

Boyden Hull Rock Valley improves to 1-0 and will host Emmetsburg in Rock Valley next week.  Western Christian will face Central Lyon George Little Rock, both games in non district play.

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