HMS Comes Up Short To Hinton
Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn came up just short in a 34-27 back and forth game in Hinton on Friday Night. Neither team had much luck in the first quarter as they combined for two fumbles, a missed field goal, and three punts. The Blackhawks got on the board first thanks to a 45 yard punt return for a touchdown by Terrill Henrich with 10:29 to go before halftime. The two teams then traded touchdowns including a 50 yard touchdown pass to Blake Simons and a 2 yard touchdown run by Jordan Japenga. Hinton scoring as time expired in the first half to go up 19-13. In the second half, Blake Simons stripped the ball away from Blake Mossberg and set the Hawks up to retake the lead in the third. This time it was an 11 yard touchdown pass to Brian Perez to make the score 20-19 Hawks, but that would be the last lead of the game for HMS. Hinton scored again in the third, completed a two point conversion and then got another touchdown to pad the lead in the fourth. HMS would get a 4 yard touchdown run by Japenga with 2:47 to go but would fail to recover the onside kick.
Eric Brown had 15 carries for 112 yards on the ground for the Blackhawks. Jay Small threw for 141 yards. The Blackhawks had 366 yards of total offense. Hinton improves to 4-0 (2-0) and travels to Sibley-Ocheyedan next week.
Japenga threw for 216 yards, throwing for two touchdowns and running in the other two for HMS. Simons had 4 catches for 97 yards and a touchdown. David Van Dyke had 5 catches for 66 yards. Daniel Heitritter and Wayne Wolthuizen each had a fumble recovery for HMS who falls to 0-4 (0-2). They travel to Unity Christian next week.