by Steve Peterson
The pomp and circumstance were there all decked out for West Sioux High School’s 2012 Homecoming.
Students had their faces painted with “WS,” wore beads and school colors. Signs were placed along the fence and much of the sidewalk was painted. Austin Hultquist and Jaylen Blankenship ruled as king and queen for the special night, Sept. 28. The band played and Dance Team also performed well.
But as far as the game goes, Hinton had other ideas as the Blackhawks won their second straight district game after losing in shocking fashion to Akron-Westfield. This time, 39-7 over the Falcons.
Down 39-0, the Falcons kept trying late in the game. Senior Kembi Kooi at quarterback ran the ball several times for 57 yards on a 72-yard march, which was capped off by a four-yard touchdown run in the closing seconds. Mario Topete made the Point After Touchdown try.
Jacobe Millikan recovered a blocked punt in another big play for the Falcons but those were the highlights this night as the team fell to 0-6 record overall, 0-4 in district.
“Kembi is a tough runner. We’ll have to look at that for next week. But tonight we made a lot of mistakes and (quarterback) Jesus Rivera did not have much on his throws,” said West Sioux Coach Clint McKee.
The Falcons are at Woodbury Central in Moville at 7 p.m., Oct. 5. Woodbury Central is coming off a 20-19 district upset win of Lawton-Bronson and is 5-1 overall record, 3-1 district.
On a full moon-lit sky night, West Sioux almost recovered the opening kickoff but the Blackhawks retained possession.
Jacobe Millikan picked off a Morgan Wenzel pass to put the Falcons in business at the West Sioux 25. But the visitors regained the possession on the same way, leading to a short field and a touchdown run of nine yards by Colin Poz. The two-point conversion gave the Blackhawks an 8-0 first quarter lead.
Dalton Becker notched the next Hinton touchdown on a four-yard run, and it was 15-0 visitors early in the second quarter.
Wenzel scored from 15 yards out for the next first half tally and it was all but decided in a 22-0 lead. Dalton Becker and Cole Johnston also had rushing touchdowns for the Blackhawks. Becker was the leading Hinton rusher with 85 yards in 12 carries.
Hinton led 28-0 at halftime.
Hinton made a long field goal on the first play of the fourth quarter, a 40-yarder by Mathies Gross-Holtick.
With the win, Hinton remained alive in the playoff hunt for Class A District No. 1 with a 4-2 overall record, 3-1 district games, tying for second with Lawton-Bronson.
McKee has hopes for a strong finish from his Falcons, with three games to go.
“We hope we can jell for the final three weeks. We’ll have everyone back. The coaching staff would love to beat Woodbury Central but we would have to play out of this world,” said McKee.
West Sioux’s final home game will be Oct. 12 against Sibley-Ocheyedan, also winless in the district standings. The season concludes at Alta-Aurelia on Oct. 19.
Statistics for Hinton game For rushing, West Sioux’s Kembi Kooi had 13 carries for 94 yards with one touchdown run of two yards. Jesus Rivera had three carries for nine yards; Austin Hultquist had 7 carries for 16 yards; Mitch Schlumbohm had 3 carries for 4 yards; Mario Topete had 1 carry for 4 yards.
In pass receiving, Taylor Anderson had 1 catch for 7 yards; Hultquist had 1 catch for 3 yards and Topete had 1 catch for 3 yards. WS was 3-for-9 passing by Rivera, 13 yards.
Topete made the Falcons’ Point After Touchdown try.
For defense, Justin Negaard, Matt Gude and Schlumbohm had 7 tackles each to lead the team. Justin Stoltenburg and Rivera had 6 tackles each and Brandon Burkard and Logan Van Noort had 5 tackles.
Jacobe Millikan had an interception return for nine yards. Trevor Ericson and Gude each had fumble recoveries for one yard.
Rivera had 1 punt for 39 yards while Topete had 3 punts for 84 yards total.
Negaard had 5 kickoff returns for 65 yards and Topete had 1 kickoff return for 15 yards.
West Sioux record is 0-6 overall record, 0-4 district games.
Next game: at Woodbury Central in Moville on Oct. 5.