The Hartley Sentinel-The Everly/Royal News - Serving O'Brien & Clay Counties

By Mike Petersen
Sports Editor & Staff Writer 

Too many weapons to overcome

West Sioux dominates Hawks in football season opener


September 2, 2021


Jordan Ortega (35) helps bring down West Sioux's Carter Bultman. Kooper Ebel (11) made the initial contact with Bultman.

With both teams ranked in the Top 10 by media outlets, the football season-opener between West Sioux (1A No. 2) and Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn (A No. 9) Friday night at Peterson Field was expected to be a battle.

For 18 minutes, the game lived up to the hype. The score was tied in the second quarter but West Sioux started to pull away and eventually earned a 73-21 win. While the warm and muggy conditions took their toll on his players, Hawk coach Jay Eilers accepted responsibility for the result.

"This loss is not on our kids," he said. "We've got to condition more and make sure that we're in c...

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