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Holton Flys Past Redhawks
By Justin Fluke
Copyright: MSC Sports
09/17/2022

Holton 49, Hiawatha 7

After Holton scored on the fourth play of the game, Hiawatha went on a 14-play drive that took more than seven minutes off the clock converted a trio of long third downs and a fourth down and 15 play before tying the game at 7-7. However, Holton returned the ensuing kickoff for a score and then dominated the rest of the game in route to their second straight victory. 

Holton led 14-7 entering the second quarter when Garyson Booth followed his 81-yard kickoff return with a pair of rushing touchdowns from 30 and 31 yards as the Wildcats capitalized on two defensive interceptions by safety Matt Lierz. Holton then delivered a pair of sacks on the Redhawks next possession and took advantage of a botched Hiawatha punt return with a short two-yard TD pass from Lierz to Jackson Bear to make it 34-7 at halftime. 

Holton had 21 yards on just 18 plays in the first half then only had two offensive possessions in the second half which resulted in touchdown runs by Jayden Fletcher in the the third period and Tucker Gilliland in the fourth. Holton ended the night with only 31 total offensive plays with all their scoring drives coming on eight plays or less. The Wildcats ended with 327 yards rushing as Booth had 82 and Fletcher had 81 on just 6 carries while also scoring a pair of touchdowns. Holton had to overcome 10 penalties for 95 yards to improve to 2-1 on the season heading into district play at home against Perry Lecompton (1-2) next week,

Hiawatha's opening drive was very impressive with several big plays made include a Josh Smith 16-yard TD catch from Tyler Willich. Smith had 46 yards on five catches and Willich was 9-14 for 40 yards before leaving with an injury in the third quarter.  Willich was getting his first start at quarterback this season after senior returning starter Brandt Barnill was lost for the season the previous week against Jeff West. The Redhawks also lost senior lineman Peter Campbell to injury in their first loss of the year (2-1) and finished with 131 yards rushing while running 60 total plays compared to Holton's 31.  Josh Monaghan had 45 yards rushing on 10 totes for the Hawks who start 3A District play on the western side of the bracket traveling to Clay Center next week.  


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