By Mike Petersen
Sports Editor & Staff Writer 

Denied the ultimate prize

Hawks fall short against Woodbury Central in quarterfinal round


November 10, 2022


H-M-S senior football players accepted the state participant trophy following the quarterfinal playoff game with Woodbury Central. Pictured from left to right are: Keevyn Jacobsma, Elijah Groeneweg, Ryan Borden, Spencer McCarter, Kooper Ebel (with trophy), Lance Berends, Travis Kamradt, Ethan Diehm and Landen Elwood. Seniors not visible include Ethan Baker, Tyson Tessum and Trenton Vollink.

After home playoff wins over North Union and Hinton, Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn faced its sternest postseason test: a quarterfinal round matchup with undefeated Woodbury Central with the goal of advancing to the UNI-Dome to play in the Class A semifinals.

In the most competitive of the four quarterfinal games, H-M-S fell behind twice in the first half but rebounded to take the lead in the third quarter. Woodbury Central would eventually prevail, scoring in the fourth quarter to earn a 27-24 win on Nov. 4 at Moville.

Woodbury Central opened the game with a scoring pass to Zack Butler, followed b...

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