South Hamilton came into Friday night, having won their last 10 regular season games, and having won 13 of its last 14 games altogether. The Hawks extended each streak by one game by the end of the night, thanks to a dominant 48-20 win over Roland-Story.
With a brand new backfield, and a packed Bill Taylor Field, the Hawks wishbone attack didn’t skip a beat, as Landon Skartvedt scored South Hamilton’s first two touchdowns. Skartvedt scored on runs of 23-yards and 39-yards for his first varsity touchdowns. The Hawks added a 5-yard run from Blake Harris, who shared reps with Gavin Swenson at fullback with Austin Busch out, to give South Hamilton a 22-0 at the end of the first quarter.
Roland-Story did get on the board in the second quarter, with a phenomenal individual effort by receiver Will Bunn to score on a 54-yard touchdown pass from Quin Ante, to cut the lead at 22-8. The Hawks would respond with a Gavin Swenson-heavy drive, that was capped off by Swenson’s lone touchdown of the night to put the score 30-14 going into halftime, following a short Roland-Story touchdown drive.
South Hamilton continued to keep its hand steady in the second half, as Preston Van De Pol punched in a 5-yard touchdown run to set the score at 38-14 in the 3rd quarter. The Hawks added a safety after a botched punt attempt by Roland-Story to put the score at 40-14. Each team traded a touchdown in the 4th to give the final of 48-20.
South Hamilton start its season at 1-0 and will travel to Eldora to face South Hardin on Friday, coverage will air on 92.9 KZWC. Roland-Story starts its season at 0-1 and will face East Marshall on Friday.