The Freshmen Hawks closed out their non-league season with a convincing 41-28 win over the Canyon Comanches. The Hawks played their most complete game of the season on both sides of the ball. The offense, behind the outstanding O-line play of Danny Magnuson, Jeff Doll, Aaron Benda, Chase Gibson, Wil Solorzano, Nicholas Harrison, and Miles Gastil, moved the ball very effectively against a good Canyon team. The defense shut down the Comanches' running game and pressured their QB the whole game.
The Hawks received the opening kickoff and went three and out. The "D" behind a third down sack by Alex Salera forced Canyon to punt. The Hawks then marched the ball 90 yards in seven plays for the first score. Key plays included an 18 yard pass from Connor Landberg to Gastil, a 13 yard run by Kai Kanno, and a 16 yard run by Salera. The drive was capped off by a 29 yard TD run by Salera. The PAT by Bradford Runyon was good giving the Hawks a 7-0 lead. After an exchange of punts gave Canyon the ball at the LH 44 yard line, the Comanches scored on a 44 yard TD run. The PAT was no good, giving the Hawks the lead 7-6. The Hawks wasted no time scoring on their next possession. After an onside kick by Canyon was recovered by LH, the Hawks went 56 yards in four plays scoring on a 41 yard TD pass from Landberg to Harrison. The PAT by Runyon was good giving LH a 14-6 lead. The Hawks defense held Canyon and forced a punt. The punt was blocked giving the Hawks the ball at the Canyon 16 yard line. However on their third play, the Hawks fumbled turning the ball over at the 4 yard line. The Hawks "D" forced Canyon to punt from deep in their own territory. The Hawks got the ball at the Canyon 26 yard line and scored in six plays on Salera's three yard TD run. The PAT was no good. The "D" again stepped up forcing a Canyon fumble which was recovered by Gastil at the Canyon 43 yard line. On the ensuing play, Landberg passed to Andrew Whitt who broke a tackle and raced into the endzone for a 43 yard TD. The 2-point PAT was no good. The first half ended with the Hawks in control 26-6.
The second half opened with the Hawks defense forcing another Canyon punt. The Hawks moved the ball from the Canyon 39 yard line down to the 8 but turned the ball over on downs. The drive was highlighted by a 20 yard pass from Landberg to Gastil. Canyon scored on their next possession. A short pass turned into an 89 yard TD. The 2-point PAT was good. The Hawks answered right back. Starting at their own 27 yard line, the Hawks went 73 yards in four plays to score. A key 10 yard pass from Landberg to Joey Thrasher kept the drive going. A. Whitt then took a reverse handoff and outran the defense for a 60 yard yard TD run. A 2-point PAT pass from Landberg to Thrasher was good giving the Hawks a commanding 34-14 lead. After forcing another Canyon punt from their own 6 yard line, the Hawks went 23 yards in 5 plays. K. Kanno scored on a 4 yard TD run. The PAT was good. Canyon scored two TDs late in the game on an interception return and a eight play drive after an onside kick recovery. The final score was 41-28.
The Hawks open PCL play next Thursday.