Waid, Rader run Hawks to win over Knights

JEWELL – Sam Waid’s already lengthy list of responsibilities expanded Friday night at Taylor Field, but the all-state player simply thrived under the circumstances.

With tailback and leading rusher Andy Cook watching in street clothes because of a leg injury, Waid received the bulk of the hand-offs and procured 123 yards on the ground to lead South Hamilton to a 37-0 thumping of Woodward Academy in Class 1A District 7 action.

Three of Waid’s 16 totes ended in the end zone, as he helped the Hawks (4-3, 2-2) end a two-game skid.

“Sam played out of this world,” South Hamilton head coach T.J. Schaefer said. “As a fullback he had nobody blocking ahead of him and still ran for 123 yards, and he was also our leading receiver (three catches, 45 yards). He had a big load on his shoulders, but he carried us pretty well.”

Cook injured his leg seven days earlier during South Hamilton’s 31-28 loss to Woodward-Granger. Schaefer said he’s questionable for this Friday’s home date against South Central Calhoun.

“He was hurting pretty good, but hopefully we’ll have him back (on Friday),” Schaefer said. “He’ll probably play, but he won’t be at 100 percent.”

JD Rader took over the tailback duties and had his best game of the season. He chewed up 70 yards on 17 carries and scored a pair of second half touchdowns.

“JD really stepped it up,” Schaefer said. “He hasn’t been out for football since he was a freshman, so this is really kind of like his sophomore year. If you look at it that way he played outstanding.”

South Hamilton piled up 298 yards of total offense. Quarterback Collin Hill completed 6 of 13 passes for 98 yards. Logan Klemp (27 yards), Landon Quam (23 yards) and Rader (three yards) all caught one pass.

Waid did the majority of his damage in the first half. He powered his way into the end zone on a 10-yard scamper less than four minutes into the game to put the Hawks in front 6-0. He added touchdown bursts of 19 and 16 yards in the second quarter to send South Hamilton into the locker room ahead 22-0.

Rader punched it in from 9 yards out in the third quarter and added a 1-yard score in the final period.

One touchdown would have been enough for the Hawks’ defensive unit, as it put the clamps on Woodward Academy (1-6, 0-5) and its spread attack.

South Hamilton intercepted Knights’ quarterback Mike Payne five times; Klemp and Blake Barquist both collected two picks and Colton Griffin had one.

Woodward Academy managed just 143 yards of offense, including a measly 12 yards on the ground.

“They found some openings, but when you face spread teams that’s going to happen,” Schaefer said. “We had some errors with our open field tackling, so we need to clean up some things.”

Trevor Swenson had three tackles for loss, including a sack, and Grant Evans reached Payne in the backfield once.

Hunter Griffin and Colton Griffin combined to make 11 tackles for the Hawks.

South Hamilton faces another must-win game this Friday against South Central Calhoun (4-3, 2-2), which is coming off a 56-40 loss to Madrid. Both teams find themselves on the postseason bubble.

The Titans feature one of the district’s most dangerous offensive players in junior quarterback Derrick Henkenius. He will enter the contest with 1,191 passing yards and 11 touchdowns, and he also leads the team in rushing yards.

“Their quarterback is very good,” Schaefer said of Henkenius. “He’s a good passer and he’s a great runner who’s very shifty.

“There are still some big (district) games left, but we need to win this week.”

South Hamilton will close out the regular season with a Week 9 road date against 2013 state runner-up Fort Dodge St. Edmond (7-0, 4-0), the district leader and current No. 3 team in the state.