Thursday, August 31, 2017
Forest Hills Eastern High School
Holland Christian High School
The Hawks traveled to Holland Christian for their first road game of the year and came out flat to start the game. FHE fell behind 21-0 in the first 8:00 minutes of play as the Maroons ultimately scored TD’s on 5 of their first 6 possessions in the first half. The Hawks battled back and managed to stay in the game but just couldn’t overcome the poor start losing 43-35 in the end.
The Hawks were lead on offense by Ben Armbrester with 143 yards rushing. Logan Hamilton rushed 18 times for 56 yards. Bennett VanSolkema was 14-25 for 216 yards passing with 1 interception. Brady Doyle caught 5 passes for 76 yards. Armbrester also hauled in 5 passes for 72 yards.
The defense was lead by Paul Weirich who had 7.0 tackles , 2.5 tackles for a loss and a sack. Caleb Biel added 6.5 tackles with 1.5 tackles for loss. Bennett VanSolkema added 4.5 tackles and also grabbed the Hawks only interception.
The Maroons Mr. All-Everything was Brady Howe. Howe seldom left the field and on offense he caught 6 passes for 202 yards and 3 TD’s. He also registered 13.0 tackles on the defensive side of the ball to lead the Holland Christian defense.
The Hawks now fall to 1-1 on the season and next Friday start OK Gold conference play against South Christian at home. It will also be Hawk Rally so plan to come out and cheer on the Hawks.
Forest Hills Eastern
The Maroons jumped out early and often on the Hawks in the first period. They scored TD’s on their first 3 drives before the Hawks could answer to take a 21-0 lead. Brady Howe scored on 63 and 27 yard TD passes from Wilson Wirebaugh. Will VanWieren also added a 6 yard TD pass from Wirebaugh as well. The Hawks finally got in the end zone on a Logan Hamilton 1 yard run. The score was 21-7 after one period of play.
Holland Christian kept the pedal down in the 2nd quarter outscoring the Hawks 15-7. Howe struck again for his 3rd TD of the game on a 65 yard TD pass from Wirebaugh. Ben Armbrester answered with a 68 yard TD strike from Bennett VanSolkema. The Hawks later punted the ball back over to the Maroons who then scored again on a 51 yard TD strike from Wirebaugh to Will VanWieren to make the score 36-13 at the half.
The Hawks played a better 2nd half as they started to play with an up tempo offense that seemed to put the Maroons back on their heels. The Hawks punched in a TD on a 19 yard run from Hamilton. Sam Dziuba’s EP kick was good and that cut the score to 36-20 after the 3rd quarter.
The Hawks continued to battle and fight to get back in the game and scored first in the 4th quarter. VanSolkema hit Armbrester with 14 yard TD pass to cut the deficit to 36-26. The Hawks went for the 2-pt conversion and converted it on a VanSolkema to Brady Doyle strike. The 36-28 score put the Hawks within one TD score and 2-pt conversion. However the Maroons had an answer as Maroons QB Wirebaugh called his own number from 1-yard out to push the score to 43-28. The Hawks scored one more time as VanSolkema and Doyle hooked up again for a 26-yard TD pass. The extra point kick was good by Dziuba to make the score 43-35. The Hawks onside kick was unsuccessful and the Maroons ran out the clock to make the final 43-35.