Hawks punish Wildcats, roll to fourth straight win
Klemp, Klonglan combine for 323 yards, 5 TD’s
STUART — Week after week, the South Hamilton football team has found itself in must-win situations if it wants to cements its status as a state playoffs qualifier.
And week after week, the Hawks have answered those challenges.
Following a Week 4 loss to second-ranked Van Meter, South Hamilton has put together one dominating performance after another, the latest a 52-6 pasting of Class 1A District 6 rival West Central Valley on Friday.
The Hawks (7-1, 5-1) have outscored their last four opponents by 119 points, 153-34, and are now within one victory of clinching a spot in the playoffs for the first time since 2013.
What’s changed since the Van Meter game? Hawks’ head coach Corey Klemp says it’s been all about resolve.
“It definitely drew a line in the sand,” he said. “If we wanted to reach our goals of getting into the playoffs, there was zero margin for error, and since that time we’ve been real solid.”
South Hamilton was expected to beat West Central Valley, but by 46 points? Probably not. But the Hawks forced five first-half turnovers, ran twice as many plays (60-30) and dominated the time of possession.
The entire second half was played under a continuous clock after South Hamilton built a 42-0 lead at the intermission.
“I knew we were probably in a good position to come out with a good result, but we really clicked in all phases,” Klemp said. “Hopefully we can continue that.”
Hawks’ senior Logan Klemp turned in another all-state-caliber performance on both sides of the ball. He rushed for 188 yards and scored three touchdowns, kicked seven extra points and a 36-yard field goal, came up with two first-quarter interceptions and led the team in tackles with six.
DJ Klonglan rambled for 135 yards and a pair of touchdowns, Grant Evans chewed up 36 yards and reached the end zone once, and Sam Lewis joined the fun with a first-quarter 13-yard touchdown jaunt.
South Hamilton finished with 420 yards of total offense, 392 coming from the ground game. Quarterback Marco Balderas completed both of his pass attempts for 28 yards, including a 21-yard hook-up with Jared Ullestad.
West Central Valley quarterback Carson Wadle passed for 113 yards, but completed just 6 of 21 passes and was picked off four times. The Wildcats (2-6, 1-5) run game went nowhere all night, as South Hamilton limited them to just nine yards.
“Our defense was really sound all night,” Coach Klemp said. “We got enough pressure that we forced some decisions that weren’t there and our defensive backs made some plays.”
Logan Klemp (31 yards), Lewis and Klonglan (four yards) all reached the end zone in the opening quarter to give the Hawks a 21-0 advantage. Klemp picked off Wadle on back-to-back possessions, which led to the touchdown runs by Lewis and Klonglan.
Balderas and Cole Berg jumped in front of Wadle offerings and came up with interceptions in the second quarter. Mateo Balderas also jumped on top of a fumble in the period.
All three of the Hawks’ backs hit paydirt in the second. Klemp pushed the cushion to 28-0 on a seven-yard scamper, Klonglan snuck in from three yards away and Evans plowed forward and across the goal line from the one.
“All of those guys have done a great job,” Coach Klemp said of his backfield. “Grant has done a great job of leading for us the last couple of weeks, and I can’t say enough about the guys up front, too. They’ve really grown.”
Logan Klemp continued his personal onslaught in the third quarter, as he broke loose for a 19-yard touchdown with 9:24 remaining. He booted his second field goal of the season with 56 ticks to go.
South Hamilton was able to rest its starters throughout the fourth quarter and it’s only then that West Central Valley was able to jump onto the scoreboard via a 13-yard touchdown pass from Wadle to Cole Arnburg with 10 minutes remaining.
Evans added two tackles defensively. Lewis, Berg, Travis Storm and Brandyn Feighner all had 11⁄2 stops.
All alone in second place in the district standings, South Hamilton’s playoff picture is really simple heading into its regular season finale against Eagle Grove on Friday. Win and the Hawks are in. Lose and it will be Eagle Grove that will get to enjoy a 10th game.
Manson-Northwest Webster was also potentially in line to move on before it was upset by Madrid, 25-14, on Friday.
“Whether Manson lost or not, it still would have been the same approach for us,” Coach Klemp said. “It should be a heck of a match-up (against Eagle Grove) with a ton on the line.”
Kickoff from Taylor Field is set for 7 p.m. Friday night.
So. Hamilton 52, W. Cent. Valley 6
Friday at Stuart
So. Hamilton 21 21 10 0 — 52
W. C. Valley 0 0 0 6 — 6
SH — Logan Klemp 31 run (Klemp kick), 11:01.
SH — Sam Lewis 13 run (Klemp kick), 4:04.
SH — DJ Klonglan 4 run (Klemp kick), 2:53.
SH — Klemp 7 run (Klemp kick), 10:08
SH — Klonglan 3 run (Klemp kick), 6:13.
SH — Grant Evans 1 run (Klemp kick), 1:49.
SH — Klemp 19 run (Klemp kick), 9:24.
SH — Klemp 36 FG, 0:56.
WCV — Cole Arnburg 17 pass from Carson Wadle (pass failed), 10:00.
Rushing — SH: Logan Klemp 27-188, DJ Klonglan 14-135, Grant Evans 9-36, Sam Lewis 1-13, Trevor Thompson 3-10, Travis Storm 2-6, Cade Flaugh 2-4. WCV: Zac Mann 1-8, Carson Wadle 1-7, Brice Sechrist 3-6.
Passing — SH: Marco Balderas 2-2-0 28. WCV: Wadle 6-21-4 113.
Receiving — SH: Jared Ullestad 1-21, Klonglan 1-7. WCV: Cole Arnburg 2-48, Tye Joint 1-48, Williams Larsen 1-6, Justin Garcia 1-6, Kaleb Badker 1-5.
Tackles — SH: Klemp 6, Evans 2, Lewis 11⁄2, Storm 11⁄2, Cole Berg 11⁄2, Brandyn Feighner 11⁄2, Mar. Balderas 1, Klonglan 1, Thompson 1, Ullestad 1, Wes Wynkoop 1, Nate Laube 1, Zeke Balderas 1, Brock Galetich 1, Flaugh 1⁄2.