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Holton Keeps Humming, Hammers Hiawatha
By Jake W. Spalding
Copyright: MSC Sports

Hiawatha KS,

A battle in not only in the Big Seven League, but also a pivotal game in class 3A district four. Holton looked to keep an unblemished record in district while Hiawatha was looking for their first win in district action, but on Friday night it was all Holton, spoiling Hiawatha's homecoming festivities and dominating 60-0.

Holton, having only just 17 available athletes due to quarantine procedures, the Wildcats started out fast as they did the week before against Royal Valley, scoring not only on the offensive side but also defensively. Following an Addison Hundley touchdown run Holton led 7-0, and Hiawatha was backed up inside their own twenty yard line when Senior quarterback Alex Rockey attempted to set up a screen pass to fellow Senior, Trent Kolb. The Wildcats didn't bite on it and Rockey was forced to attempt his pass while under extreme pressure. The pass was not thrown to Kolb, but instead right into the chest of Junior defensive lineman Dustin Chermock who ran it back for a touchdown. The route was on as the 'Cats jumped up 14-0 early in the game.

The Wildcats would continue to dominate in all aspects of the game with Senior Canon Karn scoring from 45 and 50 yards out on consecutive Holton drives. With the defense forcing the issue, Hiawatha struggled to move the football and Holton would tack on another touchdown from Sophomore Jayden Fletcher with a Field Goal from Sophomore Matt Lierz to put Holton up 37-0 at halftime. The Wildcats racked up 332 yards to the Red hawks 78 yards in the first half.

Holton would get the ball first in the second half and drive right down to the one yard line, where Holton elected to kick a field goal on first and goal from the one to put the 'Cats up 40-0 and initiate the running game clock for the rest of the game. Holton's defense continued to frustrate Rockey and the Red hawks as it was a tough task to try and slow down the Wildcat defense. Holton would score three more touchdowns in the game including two from Lierz and the second pick six for Holton in the game, this one taken back by Junior Reese Holaday.

Holton (5-1, 3-0 dist. 4) was led on the ground by Karn who had just three carries, but eclipsed the century mark once again for 110 yards and two touchdowns. Fletcher had 76 yards on three totes, and Hundley had 48 yards on just two carries. Nine Wildcats ran the football in the contest with everyone reaching double figures in yardage as Holton put up 452 total yards in the contest. Undermanned, but not out as Holton remains perfect in district play and will now play host to Rock Creek in what will be the district 4 title game. You can catch it on 103.9FM KNZA and on the Holton Channel

Hiawatha (1-5, 0-3 dist. 4) started the game out strong, grabbing two first downs on their opening drive before stalling at their own 45 yard line, resulting in the first of many punts on the night. The bright spot from the Red hawk offense was Cody Nevels, who carried it eight times for 44 yards, but that was about it from the Hiawatha backfield. Through the air, Rockey was just 4/12 for 63 yards with Kolb catching two for 37 yards, Joel Bryan one catch for 32 yards and Ashton Rockey two grabs for 25 yards. Hiawatha will hit the road once again as they travel to a win less Royal Valley Panther squad next Friday night.

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