By Mike Petersen
Sports Editor & Staff Writer 

Lightning strikes in more ways than one

Explosive A-W offense, threatening weather decide Hawks' fate


September 21, 2023


Bradley Van Beek (68) blocks an Akron-Westfield defender in an attempt to give quarterback Jack Mastbergen an opening.

Ominous storm clouds were a portent of what was to come during a Class A District 1 football game between Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn and Akron-Westfield on Sept. 15.

Akron-Westfield's offense struck like lightning, scoring on five consecutive first-half possessions. Then threatening weather forced suspension of the game. As conditions in the Akron area did not improve, it was decided to end the contest.

As a result, the half time score became the final score: Westerners 36, Hawks 8.

The loss was the fourth straight of the season for H-M-S.

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