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sports 10 Sioux County Index-Reporter November 2, 2016 ers com in runners Nathan BroekI Sports Editor nbroek@ncppub.com Follow us on Twitter @lndexPaper FORT DODGE-The state cross-country stage in Fort Dodge is always a competitive one, but the Trinity Chris- tian boys'cross-country team found out Saturday that this year's field of runners was a little bit tougher. This was the second-consecutive season the Tiger boys qualified as a complete team in the Class 1A race. One of the members of that first team, Dillon Brummel, now coaches at Trinity Christian. He said the difference between coaching and running in the state meet was a night-and-day difference. "It's quite different, actually, cheering on guys and not running. So it's nice and not nice in some ways;' coach Brummel said."l wish I could be out there with them, but I tried motivating them as best as I could" The state gave the Tigers a lot of respect as they came into the state meet ranked sixth. But the field on Satur- day was that much better and Trinity Christian found itself 15th out of 15 full teams. Nodaway Valley won the Class 1A team title with 36 points. Brummel said those final results were deceiving. "1 think they did well. The places may not show it, but they battled hard" he said. "That's what I told them to do and there's not much more you can ask from them. I was hoping they could crack a top seven or a top eight, but what can you do? Sometimes it's your day and sometimes it's not:' Individually, Sam Laning came in ranked in the top 30 in Class 1 A, but Laning found out how talented the field of runners was. Laning was the first Trinity Christian runner across the line in 68th. "It was hard and it was very competitive;' Laning said. "It was a hard field to run against. It's just a harder race (compared to state qualifying). You have to push yourself to be more competitive. I wish I could have done better, but I think I did pretty good:' The other Tiger runners had a similar experience with Dallas Van Ginkel taking 72nd, Daniel Kooiker taking 99th, Shane Kooima placing 123rd, Luke Andringa taking 137th as a freshman and Caleb Meyer placing 138th. "In normal meets I usually see more than half of the Sam Laning of Trinity Christian fights his way through the final Trinity Christian sophomore Dallas Van Ginkel works to stay mile of the Class IA boys' state cross-country race Saturday ahead of a pack of runners during the Class IA boys' state cross- in Fort Dodge. Laning led the Tigers with a 68th-place finish, country meet Saturday in Fort Dodge. Photo/Nathan Broek. Photo/Nathan Broek. said. "We just need to keep working during the summer, field behind me. But this time there was only two guys, so try to recruit some new guys and use this finish as fuel for that kind of scared me;' Andringa said."l didn't feel like I next year:' did bad, but I think I could have done better" Class 1A boys state cross-country The Tigers hope their performance at state translates Team results: 1. Nodaway Valley 36, 2. Pekin 92, 3. AC-GC 105, 4. into a successful 2017 campaign. Calamus-Wheatland 127, 5. Denver 181,6. Starmont 186, 7. Boy- "1 think we finished very well and hopefully we can re- erValley-Dunlap186,8. Hudson190, 9. Eagle Grove198,10. Bel- levue 232, 11. Earlam 289, 12. Remsen-St. Mary's 289, 13. West turn next year" Laning said. Fork-Sheffield 318, 14. Panorama 326, 15.Trinity Christian 334. "Daniel Kooiker and Shane Kooima both had really nice Tiger results: 68. Sam Laning 18:05, 72. Dallas Van Ginkel 18:13, 99. races. They both passed a few people at the end, pushed Daniel Kooiker 18:47, 123. Shane Kooima 19:37, 137. Luke And- through some adversity, and that was good" Brummel ringa 21:04, 138. Caleb Meyer 21 Nighthawks overcome early adversity in a 49-10 victory Nathan Broek I Sports Editora three-and-out, giving the ball right back nbroek@ncppub.com to their offense which only needed two plays -- a 20-yard run from Schafer and a Follow us on Twitter @lndexPaper 49-yard run by Schafer -- to get back into HULL-Class 2A second-ranked Boyden- the end zone. Block's kick made the score Hull/Rock Valley lost two fumbles early in 21-10 with 7:38 until halftime. the first quarter and faced an early 10,7 "You're kind of disappointed that you hole. But the Nighthawks never panicked, fumbled the ball, but we just keep telling making plays in all three phases of the each other, 'Shake it off, keep your head game in a 49-10 football playoff victory up and we'll get them next time" said run- Friday Over South Central Calhoun. ning back Jacob Schafer about the quick Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley won the toss turnaround. and elected to defer its option to the sec- The Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley defense ond half. The Titans returned the kick to kept that momentum going, forcing an- the 35-yard line, but their offense was sent other South Central Calhoun punt. Five back to the sidelines on a three-and-out plays later, Moser used another quarter- and the Nighthawks took over on their back sneak to get into the end zone again own 22-yard line. from a yard out. Blocks' point after made Aftera 16-yard run by Jacob Schafer on the score 28-10 with 4:221eft in the second the first play from scrimmage, Boyden- period. Hull/Rock Valley was called for an illegal Prior to the kickoff, the Nighthawks shift, sending it back 5 yards.Two plays lat- elected to do a squib kick. The strategy er, the Nighthawks lost the ball on a fum- worked as the Titans'front line muffed the ble and South Central Calhoun recovered ball and Boyden-HulllRock Valley fell on inside the Boyden-HulllRockValley 40. top of it. On the first play of the Titans' second "Sometimes things just work out and drive, they got the benefit of a pass inter- that one did, so we'll take it" said Night- ference call on the Nighthawks, placing hawks'coach CoryBrandt. the ball inside the Boyden-HulllRock Val- The Nighthawks quickly took advantage ley 20-yard line. But the Nighthawks' de- of the break, as Moser rushed for 13 yards fense soon forced a fourth-and-10 before before Solberg found the end zone for the getting a sack of South Central Calhoun first time from 30 yards out. Block's kick quarterback for a turnover on downs, put Boyden-HulllRock Valley up 35-I0 at The Boyden-HulllRock Valley offense halftime. took over for the second time, but corn- Brandt said he was pleased with how mitted two holding penalties during the well his team responded after the two course of the drive before facing a fourth- turnovers. and-8 situation on the Titans' 18-yard line. "We had a couple of fumbles, and some The Nighthawks decided to go for it and other things happened, but I was proud of quarterback Brett Moser found Shane Sol- our kids for how well they came back from berg for a 12-yard pass connection. Two that adversity;' he said."We preach to our plays later, Moser snuck the ball in from kids that when there's adversity, there's a yard out for 6 points. Logan Blocks' kick always opportunity. We are going to have added a point, making the score 7-0 Boy- some things that don't go right all the time den-Hull/Rock Valley with 2:79 left in the and a few things we do aren't going to be first quarter, good. So what was cool is that the kids South Central Calhoun only needed didn't getrattled.Theyjustplayed" three plays in order to respond with a 65- Punter Marcus Rens said that mentality yard touchdown run. The point after was stems to how much the Nighthawks want good, making the score 7-7 with 1:51 left to keep playing football. in the first. "We just tell each other every week that The Nighthawks returned the ensuing we don't want to be done with the season kickoff to its own 27-yard line, but two yet. We're a brotherhood and we don't plays later Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley lost want it to end yet"Rens said. the ball for the second time and the Titans Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley had the ball to jumped on the lose change again, this start the second half, but after three plays, time on its own 45-yard line. South Cen- gave the ball to South Central Calhoun on tral Calhoun marched it to the 12-yard line its third fumble of the night. But the Night- before kicking a 30-yard field goal, making hawk defense quickly flipped the script, as the score 10-7 Titans with 11:27 until half- Solberg intercepted a Titan pass. time. That next Boyden-HulllRock Valley drive It did not take long for Boyden-Hulll ended in a punt, but the Nighthawks got Rock Valley to put that fumble behind it, the ball right back two plays later on a using four plays to march the ball to the Rens interception at the Titans' 27-yard South Central Calhoun 5-yard line after line. Two plays later Solberg ran 11 yards the kickoff. The Nighthawk coaching staff for a touchdown and a 41-I0 lead with called for a pass play and Moser found 6:49 left in thethird quarter. Mitch Diekevers for a touchdown. Block's The Nighthawks' defense held South extra point put Boyden-HulllRock Valley Central Calhoun to 235 yards of total of- back in front 14-I0 with 9:50 to go until fense and only I0 first downs. halftime. "Defense wins championships.We need- The Nighthawks'defense quickly forced ed our defense tonight and they stepped Elliot Van Kekerix and a fellow Nighthawk defender combine for a sack of the quarterback on a fourth-and-10 play from the Boyden-HulllRock Valley 18-yard line in the first quarter. After trail- ing 10-7 early. The Nighthawk defense did not allow South Central Calhoun to score the rest of the game in a 49-I0 Class 2A football playoffvictory Friday. Photo/Nathan Broek. up;' Rens said. "We prepared a lot this First downs: South Central Calhoun 10, Boyden- week, watched film and did our job" Hull/RockValley 22 The final score of the game came from Rushing: South Central Calhoun 39 attempts for 199 yards and one touchdown, Boyden-Hulll the second-unit players as J.T. Van't Hul Rock Valley 53 attempts for 478 yards and five found Isaac Munoz for a /0-yard touch- touchdowns down on a pitch-and-catch. Rens kicked Passing: South Central Calhoun 20 completions the extra point to account for the 49-I0 for 36 yards, Boyden-HulllRock Valley 13 corn- final, pletions for 107 yards The Boyden-HulllRock Valley rushing Punting:South Central Calhoun 5 punts for 186 attack was the main focus on offense and yards, Boyden-HulllRock Valley 2 punts for 80 the Nighthawks rushed for a season-high yards 478 yards and five scores on 53 attempts. Fumbles/Lost" South Central Calhoun I11, Boy- Leading the way was Schafer with 14 at- den-HulllRockValley313 Interceptions thrown: South Central Calhoun 2, tempts for 181 yards (a season high) and Boyden-Hull/RockValleyO one touchdown. Penalties: South Central Calhoun 2 for 10 yards, "it was mostly the linemen tonight.They Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley 12 for 95 yards created wide-open holes and it was kind Kickoffs: South Central Calhoun 5 for 66 yards, of easy for me to run through those holes;' Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley 2 for 30 yards Schafer said. Individual statistics Brandt said the running scheme was a Passing: Brett Moser 7-for-ll for 97 yards and bit different than in gamespast, one touchdown, J.T. Van't Hul l-for-2 for 10 "We were able to go back to the stuff yards and one touchdown Rushing: Brett Moser 13 attempts for 135 yards they (South Central Calhoun) hadn't seen and two touchdowns, Jacob Schafer 14 at- on tape and the kids were comfortable tempts for 181 yards and one touchdown, with that;' Brandt said."That was some of Shane Solberg nine attempts for 71 yards and our old stuff (that we ran) and they just two touchdowns, Elliot Van Kekerkix seven executed so well. I give our o-line a ton of attempts for 35 yards, J.T. Van't Hul seven at- credit. It was their night:' tempts for 38 yards, Isaac Munoz two attempts The Nighthawks will play Keumper Cath- for 15 yards, Marcus Rens one attempt for 1 olic out of Denison Friday, Nov. 4. The site yard. of the game will be in Denison, but all Boy- Receiving: Shane Solberg three catches for 35 den-Hull/Rock Valley wants to do is focus yards, Isaac Munoz one catch for 10 yards and one touchdown, Mitch Diekevers two catches on winning the next game. for 25 yards and one touchdown "We just have to be I-0 every week" Puntretum:ShaneSolbergtwoforISyards Brandt said."We may talk about the dome Individual defense: Caleb Goodman three solos, outside the team, but inside the team we eight assists, one solo sack; Austin Rozeboom really don't talk about it. We just talk about seven assists, two solo sacks, one tackle for loss; who's next, going out and having fun. Cade Moser three assists, onetackle for loss; El- That's all we can do:' liot Van Kekerix five assists, one tackle for loss; Team statistics Kendrick Van Kekerix three solos, four assists. www,ncppub.com