Hawks erupt in 2nd half, dismantle Cougars by 30
Flaugh uses his size, power to run over Manson-NW Webster for 156 yards and 4 TDs
Defenders might not flinch the first time they meet Flaugh. They might handle it just fine on the fifth meeting too. But by collision Nos. 10, 11, 12 and beyond, the South Hamilton senior has taken all of the fun out of it.
Manson-Northwest Webster felt that pain Friday night at Taylor Field.
The Cougars wanted no part of hitting Flaugh by the time the second half rolled around and he led a 30-point outburst that allowed South Hamilton to pull away for a 36-6 homecoming victory.
Flaugh rushed for 156 yards and four touchdowns on 21 carries between the tackles, and the Hawks’ offensive line — Jeremiah Smith, Colton Willis, Dominic Summers, Dawson Mueggenberg and Cade Balvanz — along with tight end Austin Busch controlled the point of attack to sap the Cougars over the final 24 minutes.
“(Flaugh) ran the ball extremely well … what we want out of him is he gets a lot of carries, but he’s also the guy that wears down the defense because he’s a big body and hitting him 20 or 30 times is a chore,” South Hamilton head coach Corey Klemp said. “The offensive line, those guys really had a nice game as well. They were a big part of wearing down Manson.”
South Hamilton’s physical style on both sides of the ball turned the tide. An everything-that-could-go-wrong-did-go-wrong first quarter and a not much better second quarter led to a 6-0 halftime lead for the Hawks. But they answered with a safety and four touchdowns over the initial 22-plus minutes of the second half.
“We’re built to be a physical team where we wear you down and then the floodgates open,” Klemp said. “The kids really responded well in the latter half of the second quarter and we started doing some things well. Then in the second half we kind of just took off.”
Flaugh gave South Hamilton (2-2) the halftime advantage on a 4-yard run.
Hawks’ punter Tycin Barkema pinned Manson-Northwest Webster (1-3) at its own 1-yard line early in the third and one play later Dominic Summers threw Cougars’ running back Brayden Johll to the turf for a safety to ignite the scoring outburst.
Summers and Smith anchored a dominant performance by the Hawks’ defensive line. They combined for 10 tackles, including 51⁄2 tackles for loss and 21⁄2 sacks. Manson-Northwest Webster had just 21 rushing yards prior to its final drive of the game against South Hamilton’s reserves.
“As a unit those guys played really well,” Klemp said of his defense. “It was a testament to those guys up front and then the secondary played really well as well.”
Brock Galetich picked off Cougars’ quarterback Austin Anliker twice, one of which he returned to the 2-yard line to set up a Flaugh touchdown. Lane Swenson also recovered a fumble and blocked a punt.
Flaugh’s second-half scoring jaunts covered 1, 31 and 2 yards. Galetich also reached paydirt on an 18-yard scamper early in the fourth quarter. He carried the ball nine times for 81 yards.
Manson-Northwest Webster, which hadn’t scored since a Week 1 win over Ogden, avoided a third consecutive shutout with 2:03 remaining on a 10-yard run by Johll. He rushed for 77 yards, 53 of which came on the scoring drive.
Kyler Hodnefield added 41⁄2 tackles in the win, and Flaugh collected four.
South Hamilton now takes a healthy dose of momentum into its Class 1A District 2 opener at Madrid on Friday. Klemp says he expects all-district linebacker Trevor Thompson to return to the field as well after he missed back-to-back games with a high ankle sprain. Thompson was also the Hawks’ leading rusher before he was sidelined.
“We feel pretty confident we’ll have him back this week,” Klemp said of Thompson. “It will certainly be good to have him back.”
Madrid (0-4) has lost 13 consecutive contested games dating back to the end of the 2017 season. The Tigers’ lone win over that span was a forfeit victory over Eagle Grove a season ago. So far this season they’ve been outscored 209-15.
S. Hamilton 36, Manson-NW Web 6
Friday at Jewell
Man-NW Web 0 0 0 6 — 6
S. Hamilton 0 6 16 14 — 36
SH — Cade Flaugh 4 run (kick failed), 9:08.
SH — Safety, 8:57.
SH — Flaugh 1 run (kick failed), 4:26.
SH — Flaugh 31 run (Brock Galetich run), 2:09.
SH — Galetich 18 run (Flaugh run), 11:20.
SH — Flaugh 2 run (kick failed), 10:53.
MAN — Brayden Johll 10 run (kick failed), 2:03
Rushing — MAN: Brayden Johll 17-77, Austin Anliker 6-(-3). SH: Cade Flaugh 21-156, Brock Galetich 9-81, Lane Swenson 5-19, Gavin Swenson 2-2, Blake Harris 1-0, Tristan Marcomb 1-0, Freddie Lewis 2-(-1), Landen Skartvedt 1-(-1), Preston Stoecker 1-(-1), Tycin Barkema 3-(-14).
Passing — MAN: Anliker 11-28-2-0 104. SH: Lewis 0-5-0-0 0.
Receiving — MAN: Carson Collins 3-49, Tate Bianchi 2-24, Kadin Birkey 3-23, Lucas Walsh 2-10, Johll 1-(-2).
Tackles — SH: Jeremiah Smith 5, Dominic Summers 5, Kyler Hodnefield 41⁄2, Flaugh 4, Austin Busch 31⁄2, Cade Balvanz 3, Lewis 3, Sheldon Tapper 11⁄2, Colton Willis 11⁄2, Brandyn Feighner 11⁄2, Barkema 1, Nic Flaugh 1, Galetich 1, Kiel Stupp 1, Elijah Balderas 1⁄2, Gatlin Johnson 1⁄2.