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No. 10 Nighthawks play well to beat No. 3 Indians.

September 30, 2013
By David Swartz - Managing Editor , Estherville News

The matchup between Spirit Lake and Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley has turned into a miniature rivalry the past two seasons.

For the second year in a row, the Nighthawks defeated the Indians in the regular season, winning 31-8 this past Friday.

In 2012, Spirit Lake lost to BHRV 25-10, but avenged the loss with a 21-17 victory in the playoffs on the way to the Class 2A State title.

On Friday, the Nighthawks built a 24-0 halftime lead over the defending state champions.

BHRV scored twice in the first quarter with a 37yard field goal by Luis Ronquillo and then quarterback Andrew Van Ginkel connected with Kirk Prostrollo on a 37-yard strike.

Late in the first half, Van Ginkel tossed a 5-yard pas to Jerod Hansen with 1:50 on the clock. Van Ginkel then broke away for a96-yard run, scoring with 17 seconds left in the half.

Spirit Lake scored its lone touchdown on a 1-yard run by quarterback Alec Henrickson early in the third quarter. Caleb Jennings caught the two-point conversion pass from Henrickson.

Spirit Lake's defense, which had given up just one touchdown in the first four games, saw the Nighthawks offense put up 361 yards on Friday.

Spirit Lake finished with 263 yards. Henrickson was 6-of-18 passing for 114 yards with two interceptions. Josh Hofstra was the leading rusher with 99 yards on 24 carries. Jennings finished with two catches for 66 yards. Trevor Jensen caught three passes for 37 and Austin Folsom caught one pass for 11 yards.

Defensively, Ben Spaeth finished with 16 tackles including one sack. Justin Jones had 13 tackles and Dallas Poock had 12.

Spirit Lake (4-1) returns to district play this week as East Sac County comes to town for the Indians' homecoming.



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