H-M-S senior football players and cheerleaders walked off Peterson Field in unison for one final time last Friday night following the Hawks' 46-27 win over Hinton. With this week's playoff game hitting the road to Moville before games head to the UNI-Dome, the group's time on the home field expired when the clock hit 00:00. Senior football players pictured from left to right: Ethan Diehm, Keevyn Jacobsma, Travis Kamradt, Lance Berends, Elijah Groeneweg (jersey only due to injury), Ethan Baker, Spencer McCarter, Tyson Tessum, Kooper Ebel, Ryan Borden, Landen Elwood and Trenton Vollink. Cheerleaders pictured are Anissa Bush (far left) and Destiny Olvera (far right).
Stymied by Hinton for much of the first half, Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn took control in the third quarter to claim a 46-27 win in the second round of the Class A football playoffs.
Although H-M-S had won the regular season matchup by 35 points, Hinton only trailed by one at half time of the Oct. 25 postseason game at Peterson Field.
"I think the kids knew this was a big game. I think they recognized it," said Hawk coach Jay Eilers. "But they also realized we were playing somebody we had beaten pretty handily before. Our practices were crisp – very high level practices. So I don't think we we...