Hawks use big 3rd quarter to fly by Tigers in debut
Klemp rushes for 146 yards, 2 TD’s in victory
JEWELL — There was a sense of calm surrounding the South Hamilton football team throughout all of last week and head coach Corey Klemp admitted it was a little concerning.
No need to worry, coach. What he may have perceived as a bit of aloofness turned out to be quiet confidence.
And it showed.
Despite a significant size disadvantage, South Hamilton was the more physically imposing team at Taylor Field Friday night, as the Hawks moved the ball steadily and capitalized on turnovers in a 33-8 thumping of South Hardin.
“The kids just had a confidence about them and they went out and did their thing,” Klemp said after South Hamilton won its season opener for the first time since 2014. “We just kept coming. Eventually, we kind of wore them down and controlled the tempo of the game.”
A 19-point third quarter busted the game open. South Hamilton led 33-0 and was just 1 minute, 36 seconds away from a shutout when Dalton Lake scored on a 6-yard run to get South Hardin (1-1) on the scoreboard.
The Hawks (1-0) collected four turnovers, including a fumble recovery in the end zone for a touchdown by Jared Ullestad during the third quarter. Cole Berg intercepted Tigers’ quarterback Kolten Rewoldt twice and Marco Balderas came up with one pick.
Coming off a Week Zero win over Iowa Falls-Alden where it rushed for 285 yards, South Hardin was limited to just 86 ground yards against the Hawks stingy defense. All-state linebacker Logan Klemp was a big reason why with 81⁄2 tackles, but Corey Klemp said the best thing to come out of the contest was the fact that a slew of players played significant roles.
“It was as much of a team effort as we’ve had in a long, long time and that was great to see,” Corey Klemp said. “I could talk about 15 kids that stepped up and had a great game.”
Tigers’ running back Beau Butler was limited to 46 yards on 19 carries seven days after he ran wild for 262 yards against IF-A.
“We were focused coming in on the run,” Corey Klemp said. “We forced them into relying on the throw.”
Rewoldt completed 11 of 26 passes for 156 yards, but the three INT’s were devastating. Berg stepped in front of his first pass of the game for an interception and it led to a Tanner Volkmann 5-yard touchdown run that put South Hamilton in front 7-0 less than five minutes into the game.
It remained a one-score contest until the third when the Hawks began to finish drives. Logan Klemp broke free on a 26-yard sprint to the house at the 8:34 mark of the period and Volkmann punched it in from the 3 just over three minutes later. Ullestad’s recovery in the end zone with 3:02 remaining pushed the Hawks’ cushion to 26-0.
“In the third quarter we kind of broke it open,” Corey Klemp said. “We were on the verge of doing that in the first half, but couldn’t quite bust through.”
Logan Klemp’s second touchdown — a 1-yard burst through the middle — with 8:54 remaining in regulation capped the rout. The senior followed his offensive line and fullback Grant Evans for 146 yards on just 14 carries, an average of 10.4 yards per tote.
Volkmann rushed for 56 yards on 12 carries and Evans churned out 29 yards on eight attempts. South Hamilton chewed up 289 yards on the ground.
“The offensive line showed that they’re certainly on their way,” Corey Klemp said. “We didn’t dominate up front, but they just kept coming and wore (South Hardin) down. So it was a combination of good blocking up front and then some hard running and great lead blocking from our backs. Grant had a great night as a lead blocker.”
Balderas, making his first start under center, was asked to put the ball in the air just four times. He completed one pass to Berg for seven yards.
South Hamilton also received 51⁄2 tackles from DJ Klonglan. Evans, Teagan Risetter and Zeke Balderas all had four.
The Hawks will face a difficult challenge this Friday night when they travel just down the road to Story City to take on Roland-Story. After a Week Zero loss to North Polk, the Norsemen (1-1) rebounded to take down Class 3A Gilbert, 36-27, on Friday.
“They’re another team that has got a lot of size,” Corey Klemp said of Roland-Story. “It will certainly be a challenge, but one our kids will be ready for.”
S. Hamilton 33, S. Hardin 8
Friday at Jewel
S. Hardin 0 0 0 8 — 8
S. Hamilton 7 0 19 7 — 33
SHam — Tanner Volkmann 5 run (Logan Klemp kick), 7:09.
SHam — Klemp 26 run (Klemp kick), 8:34.
SHam — Volkmann 3 run (kick failed), 5:26.
SHam — Jared Ullestad fumble recovery (kick failed), 3:02.
SHam — Klemp 1 run (Klemp kick), 8:54.
SHar — Dalton Lake 6 run (Brayden Harris run), 1:36.
Rushing — SHar: Beau Butler 19-46, Brayden Harris 5-15, Kolten Rewoldt 7-12, Gus Armstrong 1-8, Dalton Lake 1-5. SHam: Logan Klemp 14-146, Tanner Volkmann 12-56, Grant Evans 8-29, Marco Balderas 5-16, Trevor Meyers 2-16, Brandyn Feighner 1-14, DJ Klonglan 1-7, Cade Flaugh 1-5.
Passing — SHar: Ko. Rewoldt 11-26-3 156, Lake 0-3-0 0. SHam: Balderas 1-4-1 7.
Receiving — SHar: Logan Spindler 4-64, Tyrell Todd 2-51, Colton Haley 3-24, Tanner Lawrence 1-13, Kevin Rewoldt 1-4. SHam: Cole Berg 1-7.
Tackles — SHam: Klemp 81⁄2, Klonglan 51⁄2, Evans 4, Teagan Risetter 4, Zeke Balderas 4, Wes Wynkoop 31⁄2, M. Balderas 31⁄2, Volkmann 3, Sam Lewis 21⁄2, Mateo Balderas 21⁄2, Ullestad 11⁄2, Lane Swenson 11⁄2, Dominic Summers, 11⁄2, Feighner 1, Nate Laube 1, Travis Storm 1⁄2, Berg 1⁄2, Flaugh 1⁄2, Jacob Kooker 1⁄2.