Hatchets’ first game in new conference a success
For the Tomahawk Leader
NIAGARA – On Saturday Oct. 5, as 20% of the games on the schedule around the state were postponed or canceled, the Tomahawk Hatchets took to the road for their inaugural game in the Northwoods Football Conference against the Northern Elite Predators at Niagara High School.
Tomahawk started the scoring in the 1st quarter on a 17-yard pass from Bode Imm to Mason Evans. Northern Elite would respond on their first play after the kickoff on a 60-yard pass and succeeding two-point conversion. That score would be the Predators’ only scoring opportunity of the day, as the Hatchets defense tightened up for the remainder of the game, including forcing three turnovers.
Senior Adam Hall and sophomore Mason Evans both recorded their first career interceptions in the contest.
“I told our kids after the game that our defense absolutely was the unit of the game,” said head coach Sam Hernandez. “Their hard work and preparation throughout the week allowed them to be successful this afternoon.”
Offensively, the Hatchets would get on the board three more times with two rushing touchdowns by Logan Bishop and another receiving touchdown by Jake Kaminski. The Hatchets were quite balanced on offense with 162 yards on the ground and 125 in through the air.
“I was happy with our offensive production today,” Hernandez stated. “I like that we have multiple kids scoring and getting yards for our offense. Our goal every week is to put our athletes in positions to make plays and force opposing defenses to react to what we are trying to accomplish.”