COLMAN – The Hawks advanced to the semifinals of the 9B Playoffs on Thursday after defeating Irene-Wakonda 52-0. The game game ended at halftime.
“It was another win. They’re a good football team. We‘ve got some things that were in our way, but it was nice to see and to get a win and get out of it healthy,” said Colman-Egan head coach Chad Williamson.
Nate Tolley led the Hawks with 10 rushes for 101 yards and two touchdowns. He also had a passing touchdown.
Eli Bowen had 11 rushes for 90 yards and two touchdowns.
Colman-Egan ran for 249 yards as a team. Despite all that, Williamson said this was as sloppy as his offense has played.
“You know, we made a lot of mistakes,” Williamson said. “We had some false starts, we missed some blocks. They did some things that caused us some problems. We were just fortunate that we made some plays when we needed to and that was what helped our offense get going,” Williamson said.
Bowen led off the scoring with a 2-yard touchdown run 2 minutes into the game. The Hawks’ defense then forced a fumble on Irene-Wakonda’s first offensive play of the game. That would be the first of five turnovers on the night for the Eagles. Williamson said turnovers are a big key to the game.
“Turnovers are always huge. We’re not worried about fast starts. We’re just trying to play football on every series. Turnovers are always really huge, especially in the playoffs. We try to focus on not turning the ball over. Turnovers can hurt. If we can not turn the ball over and force turnovers, that helps us win,” Williamson said.
Colman-Egan then scored a touchdown on a 6-yard run from Tolley.
The Hawks would then score three more touchdowns before the end of the first quarter. Chase Hemmer had a 10-yard run, Ryker Hawkins had a 1-yard run and Bowen had a 13-yard run to give them a 36-0 lead at the quarter break.
Tolley threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to Dalton Voelker. Then Tolley ran in a 2-yard touchdown to make it 52-0 with just under 2 minutes left in the half. The Hawks got an interception on the next Eagles’ possession.
Hawkins, Tolley, Bowen and Ryan Voelker all had interceptions for the Hawks. Colman-Egan held Irene-Wakonda to 72 yards passing.
Colman-Egan will face the No. 4 seed Wosley-Wessington (8-2) next Friday at 7 p.m. The Warbirds defeated No. 5 Scotland 50-0 at home tonight.
“We’re healthy and focused. So our team is ready to play,” Williamson said.
COLMAN-EGAN 52, IRENE-WAKONDA 0
Irene-Wakonda 0 0 – 0
Colman-Egan 36 16 – 52
CE – Eli Bowen 2 run (pass failed)
CE – Nate Tolley 6 run (Chase Hemmer pass from Tolley)
CE – Hemmer 10 run (Ty Hiller pass from Tolley)
CE – Ryker Hawkins 1 run (pass failed)
CE – Bowen 13 run (Bowen run)
CE – Dalton Voelker 6 pass from Nate Tolley (Bowen run)
CE – Tolley 2 run (Hawkins run)