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Hawks soar over Indians in opener

By Staff | Sep 1, 2009

HARTLEY – Spirit Lake didn’t start the season the way it would’ve liked.

The Indians committed five turnovers and rushed for just 46 yards in a season opening 39-0 loss to Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn on Friday. The Indians completed five passes for 59 yards for a total of 105.

The Hawks had 477 yards of offense.

“We got behind early and made some mistakes pressing to try and make plays,” said Spirit Lake coach Josh Bolluyt. “Defensively we had a hard time stopping their off tackle play and missed tackles. Their backs ware good and ran hard.”

HMS did most of its damage in the first half with 33 points.

The player that hurt the most was Matt Finch who had 183 yards on 10 carries, but he only had one touchdown. Teammate Justin Wohlert had 112 yards on seven carries along with three touchdowns.

HMS passed just three times, completing none.

“We had a lot of young guys get some great game experience and start their first varsity games,” said Bolluyt. “The mistakes we made are fixable and we will be a better football team.”

The Indians (0-1) will look to regroup as they host Sioux Central in their home opener on Friday.