By Mike Petersen
Sports Editor & Staff Writer 

'A play here and a play there'

Hawks compete hard despite only winning 1 game in '23


October 26, 2023


H-M-S football players salute the crowd after beating Sibley-Ocheyedan 28-21 in Hartley on Oct. 6. The Hawks finished 1-7 this season.

After a three-year run in which it compiled a record of 23-9, Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn's football program suffered a drop-off in 2023. The Hawks' lone win during a 1-7 season came against Sibley-Ocheyedan. It was also their only victory in Class A District 1 play.

The Hawks scored 107 points and allowed 238. Four of their losses were by a total of 28 points.

"You look at the Kingsley-Pierson game on, these kids brought their lunch pail. They brought a vision and a character to go out and compete their tails off," Hawk coach Jay Eilers observed. "One play here or one play there, we'd have more wi...

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