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

By Mike Petersen
Sports Editor & Staff Writer 

Quick strike versus 'ground and pound'

West Sioux wins battle of contrasting offensive styles

 

September 1, 2022

MIKE PETERSEN/SENTINEL-NEWS

Trenton Vollink (6) goes high and Kooper Ebel (11) goes low to bring down West Sioux's Carter Bultman in the season-opener on Aug. 26.

Friday night's football season opener between highly-rated West Sioux and Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn at Hawarden was a stark contrast in offensive approaches.

West Sioux (Class 1A No. 2) scored six touchdowns and none of those drives lasted more than 2-1/2 minutes. The Hawks (Class A No. 3), on the other hand, had two scoring drives with a combined 38 plays that took over 21 minutes of game time.

Hawk coach Jay Eilers felt the 38-18 loss came down to a few key moments.

"High school football comes down to seven plays," he observed. "We never know when those seven plays are, but how those seven p...



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