By Mike Petersen
Sports Editor & Staff Writer 

Looking for their identity

Hawks fail to find consistency in loss to Alta-Aurelia


September 7, 2023


H-M-S punter T.J. Jans becomes a defender and tackles the Alta-Aurelia player who was returning the kick.

Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn's football team showed flashes of improvement during its Class A District 1 opener against Alta-Aurelia. But the Hawks did not play with enough consistency to avoid a 9-0 loss on Sept. 1 at Aurelia.

Hawk coach Jay Eilers felt the signs of improvement evident in the game were a result of what was accomplished on the practice field.

"I thought it happened during the week of preparation. A hundred percent," he said.

A fumble by H-M-S and an interception by Aidan Espeland in the first quarter helped keep both teams off the scoreboard. The Hawks were pinned near their goal...

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