JEWELL - The speed has always been there. Devin Howard was just waiting for an opportunity to utilize it.
Ogden gave him that chance Friday night.
Howard, South Hamilton's junior tailback with blazing speed, showed off the wheels that won him a pair of sprinting medals at last spring's state track meet and scored three touchdowns to propel the Hawks to a statement-making 34-20 victory over Ogden in non-district play at Taylor Field.
Howard piled up 209 yards on just 16 carries; his average of 13.1 yards per tote was helped out immensely by long scoring sprints of 92 and 64 yards against an Ogden (4-3) team that had won back-to-back games.
"Devin had just a huge game for us," South Hamilton head coach TJ Schaefer said. "This is the game that everybody has been anticipating him to play. He had his breakout game."
So did the Hawks (4-3), who needed an injection of momentum for the stretch run against Class 1A District 3 foes Eagle Grove and Nashua-Plainfield, two teams they must beat if they want to qualify for the playoffs.
Ogden6 0 0 14-20
South Hamilton6 7 8 13-34
SH - Justin Shepherd 3 fumble return (kick failed), 2:59.
OG - Caleb Fry 1 run (kick failed), 0:34.
SH - Devin Howard 92 run (Jacob Haugland kick), 4:58.
SH - Josh Doering 11 pass from Matt Hislop (Shepherd pass from Lucas Olson), 5:00.
SH - Howard 11 run (kick failed), 7:09.
OG - Cody Good 54 run (Brady Wheelock kick), 6:03.
SH - Howard 64 run (Haugland kick), 5:08.
OG - Grant Heineman 25 pass from Fry (Wheelock kick), 2:37.
Rushing - OG: Cody Good 12-111, Jonathon Thompson 11-81, Caleb Fry 7-13, Brady Wheelock 1-4, Jake West 1-1. SH: Devin Howard 16-209, Sam Waid 10-41, Matt Hislop 19-7, Lane Heinlein 5-28.
Passing - OG: Fry 5-18-1 58. SH: Hislop 6-9-1 69.
Receiving - OG: Grant Heineman 1-25, Preston Church 2-17, Cayce Good 2-16. SH: John Hegland 2-18, Josh Doering 1-11, Waid 1-23, Trevor Ullestad 1-9, Justin Shepherd 1-8.
"This game didn't mean anything for the playoffs, but it's a huge confidence builder for the kids," Schaefer said. "They realize how good a team we can be when they play well."
Justin Shepherd pointed the Hawks in the right direction late in the first quarter on a bizarre touchdown that began with Ogden blocking a field goal attempt by Jacob Haugland. But the Bulldogs then touched the ball, allowing Shepherd to scoop it up and take it in for the score.
It was 6-6 in the second quarter when Howard used a pancake block from Haugland to scoot to the outside, and he left the defense in the dust for the 92-yard touchdown.
Matt Hislop connected with Josh Doering on an 11-yard scoring strike in the third quarter, and Howard raced into the end zone from 11 yards out with 7:09 remaining in regulation to push the Hawks edge to 27-6.
Howard, who entered the game with 195 yards rushing on the season, finished the Bulldogs off with his second long journey down the field.
South Hamilton registered 351 yards of offense, 282 on the ground. Hislop completed 6 of 9 passes for 69 yards. John Hegland caught two balls for 18 yards, and Sam Waid had one reception that covered 23 yards.
Ogden received 111 yards rushing from Cody Good, and the Bulldogs finished with 268 total yards.
Defensively, Howard picked off Ogden quarterback Caleb Fry, and Doering and Cody Thompson both recovered fumbles.
South Hamilton will travel to winless Eagle Grove (0-7) on Friday for a 7 p.m. kickoff.
"The guys know what they need to do and I think they're hungry for it," Schaefer said.