Spirit Lake Loses 1st Round Playoff Match
The Spirit Lake football team fell to #2 ranked Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley Friday 35-7 in the 1st round of the Class 2A football playoffs. The Indians received the opening kickoff and drove it all the way down to the BH/RV 15 yard line before stalling. The would attempt a field goal and Ben Steffens would push it right and it was no good. The Nighthawks would take over and a few plays later the scored a 56 yard touchdown from J.T. Van't Hul to Spencer Te Slaa and make the score 7-0. After the kickoff, Spirit Lake fumbled the 1st play and BH/RV fell on it. It would take them 4 plays to score again. This time a 5 yard run by Van't Hull. BH/RV led 14-0 after the 1st quarter, 21-0 at half and 35-0 after the 3rd quarter. The Indians did get on the board in the 4th quarter when Connor Jensen hit Spencer Newman on a 70 yard pass play for a touchdown to avoid the shutout.
Spirit Lake was held to a season low 186 yards of offense and only five 1st downs. BH/RV would total 360 yards. The Nighthawks improve to 9-1 and will host SE Valley. Spirit Lake finishes the season with a record of 7-3.