ELMA — The Elma Eagles gave the visiting Hockinson Hawks everything they could handle in the first half Friday night at Davis Field in non-league football play, but it wasn’t enough as the Hawks capitalized on Eagle mistakes to come out on top, 40-21.
The Eagles looked like they were going to get on the scoreboard first, when they forced the Hawks to punt late in the opening quarter. The snap went over the kicker’s head and was recovered by Elma’s Dalton House on the Hawk 21-yard line.
Elma had moved the ball to the Hawk 2-yard line on fourth down when disaster struck. Reynaldo Ayala attempted a field goal, but the kick was blocked by the Hawks. The loose ball was picked up by Nick Barclay and 98 yards later he was in the end zone. Quentin Boddenhammer added the point after.
The Eagles recovered before the end of the period and tied the score 7-7 when Layne Sutten hit Nick Swinhart on a 17-yard touchdown late in the period and Ayala added the extra point.
Hockinson took the lead back on a 16-yard touchdown pass from Jess Krahn hit Thomas Kirschenbaum for the score. Boddenhammer’s extra point attempt was blocked.
Elma pulled ahead early in the third period for their only lead of the game, 14-13, when Brian Maslen carried the ball in from the 12-yard line midway through the period. Ayala kicked the extra point.
That was the only happy feeling for the Eagles as the Hawks exploded for three quick touchdowns before the period was over to pull back on top 31-14 at the end of three periods.
“We made just too many mistakes tonight. We gave them 14 points, the first on the blocked field goal and then on the interception. You can’t make that many mistakes and win football games.” Elma head coach Jim Hill said.
The first score came on a 60-yard run by Nick Guinett as he broke a number of tackles before shaking free for the score. After forcing the Eagles into a three-and-out, the Hawks struck again quickly when Jess Krahn hit Josh Joy for a 43-yard strike and the score. The Score was set up by 35 yard run and a 33 yard run by Kirschenbaum and Austen Johnson.
Nick Guinett then picked off Sutten on the very next play and ran the ball back for the score. Hockinson missed on all three 2-point conversion attempts.
Hockinson added a safety to its scoring efforts when the Hawks buried Sutten in the end zone early in the final period and added another touchdown late in the period to put the game out of reach when Krahn hit Barclay for a 15 yard score. Boddenhammer was good on that extra point.
The Eagles final score came on a 1-yard run early in the final period by Maslen and Ayala was good on the point after.
Sutten kept the Hawk back on the heels with his arm, as he hit on 21 of 35 attempts, with 200 yards in the first half alone, before the Hawks made some defensive adjustments in the second half. Sutten’s favorite targets were Swinhart, who had 10 catches for 137 yards and Alex Carillo who added 99 yards on 8 receptions.
The Eagles travel to Eatonville for another non-league contest Friday.