by Steve Peterson
West Sioux faced Hinton quarterback Cole Johnston and the senior threw for three touchdown passes and 185 yards as the Blackhawks beat the Falcons 48-14 in a Class A, District No. 1 game Oct. 4.
Jesus Rivera and Justin Negaard added rushing touchdowns to their season totals for the Falcons’ scores, from 26 yards out for Negaard and 45 yards away for Rivera with three minutes remaining. WS dropped to 1-3 district, 1-5 overall. Hinton was 2-1 district, 4-2 overall. The Falcons host Woodbury Central of Moville at 7 p.m., Oct. 11.
“We did not play 100 percent every play. We took a few plays off, perhaps it was being away and the hangover from last week (a 56-32 win over Akron-Westfield). The problem was in the passing with the interceptions (three) and we fumbled once at our 15 yard line. We just did not play very sharp,” said West Sioux Coach Ryan Schwiesow.
Negaard finished with 135 yards in 23 carries and ran hard, Schwiesow said, and Rivera had 86 yards in 18 attempts. Mario Topete played well on defense.
Johnston completed strikes to Jake Hasselquist of 26 yards, and two to Logan Jurgensmeier, including his longest TD toss of 56 yards. Eric Brown had two rushing TDs for the Blackhawks and had 49 yards total. Johnston, in addition to his touchdown tosses, had a team-best 86 yards in 13 carries.
Hinton defenders picked off the Falcons’ passes three times and had two fumble recoveries as turnovers hurt West Sioux’s bid for its second straight win.
Hinton led 27-7 at halftime and never let up.
Two games last Friday were postponed, Lawton-Bronson beat Woodbury Central in Moville Saturday and West Lyon of Inwood at Alta-Aurelia in Alta was to be played Monday. At games played last Friday a wait was necessary before the storms cleared in Hinton.
One bright spot, as of Monday, the Falcons were still in the race for the fourth Class A District No. 1 playoff spot.
“They run the option play and run their quarterback a lot like A-W and that’s what we do so we should be able to simulate that in practice,” said Schwiesow.
Hinton had 441 total yards to 279 for the Falcons. Hinton completed 12-of-23 passes for 186 yards while the Falcons had 2-of-8 for 58 yards. Mitch Schlumbohm led the West Sioux receivers with two catches for 47 yards.
The Blackhawks out rushed the Falcons 255-221 yards.
Negaard led the Falcons defensively with 10 total tackles.
Mario Topete led in kick returns with four for 74 yards. He was also two-for-two on Point After Touchdowns.
Logan Van Noort had three West Sioux punts totaling 95 yards.
Falcons’ Rivera came into the Hinton game completing 33-of-66 passes for 440 yards with seven interceptions and two touchdowns.
In rushing Negaard led with 533 yards in 81 attempts, 6.6 yards per carry, with seven touchdowns, the longest of 53 yards. Rivera had 86 carries for 339 yards, 3.9 yards per carry, 11 touchdowns, with the longest of six yards. Mario Topete had 28 carries for 168 yards, 6.0 yards per carry, and one touchdown run of eight yards.
Mason Ericson was the top receiver with seven catches for 182 yards, 26.0 yards per catch, two touchdowns catches with the longest of 28 yards. Mitch Schlumbohm had seven receptions for 118 yards, 16.9 yards per catch. Negaard had seven catches for 61 yards, 8.7 yards per catch. Kezden Blankenship had five catches for 53 yards, 10.6 yards per catch. Mario Topete had seven catches for 26 yards, 3.7 yards per catch.
For scoring, Rivera had 66 points, all via the run. Negaard had 42 points via the run and four on two-point conversions. Mario Topete had 23 points with 15-of-17 Point After Touchdowns, and one two-point conversion. Ericson had 12 points, all via the run.
On defense the leading tacklers through five games were Negaard with 68 total tackles, four solo tackles for loss, four assist tackles for loss. Logan Van Noort had 35 tackles, four solo tackles for loss, four assist tackles for loss, two solo sacks and one sack assist. Mario Topete had 31 tackles, three solo tackles for loss, two assist tackles for loss, one solo sack.
Porter Hummel had the Falcons’ lone interception with no return yards. Fumble recoveries were gained by Van Noort with three; Negaard had two; Ricardo Rodriguez had two; Jonathan Duenas and Mario Topete had one each, all for no yards.
Mario Topete led in kickoff returns with 13 for 271 yards, 20.8 yards per return. Albert Campo had two for 70 yards. 35.0 yards per return and Blankenship had three for 33 yards, 11 yards per return.