TigerHawks topple J-Hawks, earn district title

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TigerHawks topple J-Hawks, earn district title

By Jerry Wadian
Contributing Writer

North Fayette Valley disposed of a feisty group of J-Hawks in Jesup Friday, Oct. 18, 46-6.

With the win and Sumner-Fredericksburg’s loss to St. Ansgar, the TigerHawks earn a district championship in their first year of existence. Even a loss this Friday at Sumner would not matter as NFV has the head-to-head edge against South Winn. (Consult the box on this page about possible playoff scenarios.)

As for the game Friday in Jesup, the TigerHawks fashioned a workmanlike victory.

The game was very physical with Jesup getting hit for more yards in penalties (105) than it had rushing (67).

Once again, NFV showed off the passing game, throwing for almost as many yards (193) as it had rushing (247).

Head coach Bob Lape stated, “We work on the passing game every practice. The last two weeks we’ve chosen to use it more; that opens up more running lanes.”

And the TigerHawks were every effective at running the ball. Both Josh Mackey and Derrick Kuehner averaged over 10 yards a carry. Both were also involved in the aerial game with 28 and 68 yards receiving, respectively.

NFV scored on its first series on a pass from Trevor Hurd to Austin DeMuth, but it was brought back on a holding call.

The TigerHawks did not score on that initial series, but did cross the goal line about every two to two-and-half minutes after that, ending up with a 46-0 lead at the half.

Kuehner had three rushing TDs, while Hurd ran for two scores and hit Phil Kleve for a 16-yard score. Both Kuehner and Mackey ran for a pair of PATs.

Meanwhile the TH defense held the hosts in check most of the way. Jesup was expected to run, but threw a new scheme at the TigerHawks and came out throwing, passing 31 times in the game.

“I guess that’s what they thought they had to do to win,” noted Lape. “However, our kids adjusted well.”

Jesup did complete eight passes, and had a number of drops, for 148 yards. Much of the yardage came in the second half. NFV also picked off one pass and almost had a couple of others.

Jesup drove inside the NFV 10 once in the first half, with the big play coming after a TH player deflected a pass, but the ball landed in the alert Jesup receiver’s hands. However, the TigerHawk D was up to the challenge and forced the J-Hawks to turn the ball over on downs.

The second half was played with the continuous clock on the 35-point mercy rule.

With the starters not playing the second half, Jesup was able to score once, but NFV was able to run the clock as Brody Woods picked up 50 yards on seven carries.

“Our next-man-in all played hard and got the job done,” noted Lape.

In all, eight different TigerHawks ran the ball. Hurd was 8-15 with one TD; he hit four different receivers.

On defense, 21 TigerHawks were in on at least one tackle. Ben Martin was the leading tackler with seven. Tyler Johansen and Andrew Roys were next with five stops apiece; Johansen had a team-leading three solo tackles.

Afterwards, Lape stated, “I can’t complain about anything. The kids played well, we did what we wanted to do, and we’re getting better and better."


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