JEWELL - South Hamilton couldn't stop the run. The Hawks couldn't stop the passing game either, and they also turned the ball over four times. Add it all up and the result wasn't pretty.
Eighth-ranked (Class 1A) Woodward-Granger chewed up 463 yards of total offense - 225 on the ground and 238 through the air - and scored eight rushing touchdowns Friday night at the Mike Penning Athletic Complex in a 55-22 rout over its District 4 rival South Hamilton.
It was the most points given up by the usually stingy South Hamilton defense since 1997. Woodward-Granger (6-0, 4-0) received a combined 186 yards rushing from senior fullback Jack Manning (16 carries, 96 yards) and sophomore tailback Andrew McCune (22 carries, 90 yards). McCune scored five touchdowns, four coming in the first half, on runs of 5, 7, 14, 9 and 6 yards.
DFJ photo by Tracy Runneberg
South Hamilton’s Kyle Lucas (28) dives in to try to make a stop on Friday in his team’s 55-22 loss to W-G.
"They're a good football team, but I think we probably made them look better than they actually are," South Hamilton head coach Todd Coy said. "We did not tackle very well and we weren't disciplined on defense."
W-G quarterback Taylor Ashman abused the Hawks' secondary for 195 yards passing, as he completed 13-of-15 passes and extended a scintillating three-week stretch in which he's connected on 48-of-52 attempts.
"They exposed our defense because the Ashman kid is really accurate," Coy said. "He just picked our (defensive backs) apart...we weren't taking away the inside like we'd practiced, and they just killed us on the slant all night."
|Woodward-Granger||14 22 14 7—55|
|South Hamilton||0 15 7 0—22|
|W-G—Andrew McCune 5 run (Jacob Musser kick), 7:15.|
|W-G—Jack Manning 8 run (Musser kick), 2:17.|
|SH—Daniel Bell 12 run (Devan Quam run), 10:33.|
|W-G—McCune 7 run (Musser kick), 5:26.|
|SH—Quam 6 pass from Casey Coy (Bell kick), 2:31.|
|W-G—McCune 14 run (Musser kick), 0:58.|
|W-G—McCune 9 run (Musser kick), 0:17.|
|SH—Quam 69 run (Bell kick), 11:01|
|W-G—McCune 6 run (Musser kick), 6:38|
|W-G—Cory Crnkovich 9 run (Musser kick), 2:28|
|W-G—Taylor Ashman 3 run (Musser kick), 3;01.|
|RUSHING—SH: Devan Quam 13-158, Daniel Bell 20-94, Kyle Lucas 3-8, Casey Coy 2-(-7), Lane Heinlein 1-(-28).|
|PASSING—SH: Coy 3-7-2 60.|
|RECEIVING—SH: Quam 2-32, Lucas 1-28.|
|TACKLES (Leaders)—SH: Chris Jacobson 10 1/2, Coy 9, Matthew Johnston 8 1/2, Bell 6 1/2, Lucas 4 1/2.|
Devan Quam churned out 158 yards on 13 totes for South Hamilton (3-3, 2-2), and Daniel Bell pounded his way to 90 yards on 20 attempts between the tackles. Bell scored on a 12-yard scamper early in the second quarter to cut into Woodward-Granger's two-touchdown lead, and Quam answered one of McCune's TD runs with a 6-yard scoring pass from Casey Coy to pull the Hawks within 21-15 with 2:31 remaining in the second quarter.
But a bad snap on a punt led to an easy W-G touchdown with just under a minute left on the clock, and a fumble on the ensuing kickoff gave the visitors another chance to punch it in just before the half. McCune bolted across the goal line on both occasions to send his team into the locker room in front 36-15.
And in just 2 1/2 minutes, it was over.
"That last 2 1/2 minutes of the second quarter were a nightmare," Coy said. "At worst, we're thinking we're going to go into the locker room down 22-15, and we end up going in at 36-15. The two scores back-to-back really hurt us and we never recovered."
Quam gave South Hamilton a little life early in the third quarter when he broke free and raced 69 yards to the end zone. But W-G answered with three more ground-and-pound touchdowns over the final 23 minutes to send the Hawks home disappointed.
"I was pleased with the way we ran the ball," Coy said. "But it seemed like every time we had something positive happen, a negative would happen immediately."
Chris Jacobson had a team-high 10 1/2 tackles for South Hamilton. Casey Coy was in on nine stops and Matthew Johnston recorded 8 1/2 tackles.
The Hawks will head to Conrad on Friday looking to rebound against BCLUW (1-5, 0-4), and it's a must-win for South Hamilton if it wants to keep its postseason hopes alive.