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#1 BH-RV Nighthawks blast Braves

Monday, October 15, 2012

Cherokee defender Connor Voge has his grips on MOC-Floyd Valley ball carrier Casey Guthmiller as teammate Matt Aguirre closes in to help during recent Class 2A District football action for the Braves. Photo by Reta Todd
ROCK VALLEY - A 25-point second quarter, including a 68-yard kick-off return and two safeties, propelled Class 2A #1 Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley to a 46-0 decimation of the Cherokee Braves here Friday night.

The host Nighthawks seized on every Cherokee miscue to score points in every fashion, jumping to a 14-0 lead in the first period on a 13-yard run by quarterback Brandt Van Roekel, and a one-yard TD plunge by Logan Stiens.

The second frame was a nightmare for the Braves, with Nighthawk tailback Miguel Avarado scoring on a 11-yard TD run, followed by a defensive safety, a scintillating kick-off return by Dillon Schamber, a 30-yard TD pass from Van Roekel to Colin Bolkema, and another safety on a botched center hike to Cherokee punter Grayson Roosa.

MOC-Floyd Valley ball carrier Casey Guthmiller goes down after Cherokee defenders Matt Aguirre (43) and Connor Voge combine for the stop in recent football action on the road for the Braves. Photo by Reta Todd
After a scoreless third quarter with BH-RV holding a 39-0 lead and dipping deep into substitutions with a 35-point rule continuous clock, the Nighthawks answered back with 19-yard TD run by Chase Van Driel in the fourth period for the final margin.

The winners rushed the ball 34 times for 215 yards, and their combination of quarterbacks completed 3-9 passes for 70 yards and one interception.

The out-manned Braves rushed 28 times for a negative 78 yards, with Marc Husman leading the way with six carries for just 10 yards, as the potent Nighthawk defense shut down the Braves' offense throughout.

Cherokee QB Levi Lundquist was 4-14 passing for 15 yards and one interception.

"We're dinged up and our offense couldn't get a thing going," said Cherokee coach Travis Schipper. "Our defense did a nice job but special teams mistakes and their defense being in our face shut us down. Our special teams gave them a short field and they capitalized. Even against their younger kids, we didn't get much done."

Luke Zeimen led the Cherokee defense with eight tackles, followed by Zac Taylor seven, Skyler Mongan five, and Lane Peterson five and two sacks. Husman, Roosa, and Chase Wiese tallied three stops apiece. Nathaniel Morgan had a pass interception for the Braves.

"Our defense played pretty well throughout, but our offense did nothing to help them out," added Schipper.

The 0-8 Braves host Orange City Unity Christian (1-7) in the season finale Friday night.

The top four teams in each district in all classes automatically qualify for the State Playoffs beginning Wednesday, Oct. 24.

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