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

By Mike Petersen
Sports Editor & Staff Writer 

They're still the team to beat

Defending champions top H-M-S, 31-18, in non-district battle

 

October 6, 2022

MIKE PETERSEN/SENTINEL-NEWS

Once quarterback Kooper Ebel gets outside of the defense, the play turns into a footrace toward the end zone.

Scoring late in the first half and again to begin the third quarter gave West Hancock a definite edge in a battle of ranked Class A football teams. Those touchdowns gave the Eagles a two-score advantage, which was the final margin of a 31-18 win over Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn on Sept. 30 at Peterson Field.

After a scoreless first quarter, H-M-S took the lead on Kooper Ebel's short scoring run. West Hancock answered four minutes later with a 14-yard scoring pass.

The Eagles recovered a Hawk fumble at midfield late in the first half. Three third down conversions set up a 15-yard scoring pass jus...



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