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It was the Hawks' night

H-M-S outscores Gehlen Catholic to win District 1 opener

Big plays. Long drives. A goal line stand. Leads that appeared to be safe. Comebacks that fell short.

All of that illustrates the kind of game Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn and Gehlen Catholic played Sept. 2 at LeMars.

The Hawks' physical style of football prevailed, but not without a fight. They led by as many as 23 points but needed a late score to hold off Gehlen Catholic for the 50-35 win.

"I felt like this was our kids' night," said Hawk coach Jay Eilers. "I was just so proud that they came out and got the win."

The Hawks reached the end zone three straight possessions to open the game. Travis K...