South Hamilton pulls away in second half to top W-G

The W-G defense is ready for the snap of the ball earlier this season. Photo courtesy Sheila Wallace.

JEWELL, IA — Host South Hamilton scored once in each of the final two quarters to break open a 22-14 game at the half and claim a 38-14 win over Woodward-Granger in Class 1A District 2 play.

South Hamilton (4-1, 2-0) had five touchdowns on the ground, four of them short dives across the goal line and other a 34-yard scoring sprint. The hosts converted four of five two-point conversions.

W-G (2-3, 1-1) trailed, 8-0, after one quarter of play, but scored early in the second stanza to close to within 8-6. The hosts scored to open a 14-6 edge, but W-G scored again and added the two-point play to tie the score at 14-all.

The hometown Hawks scored to take a 22-14 lead into the intermission, then added 8-point TDs in both the third and fourth quarters to pull away for the win.

South Hamilton threw two passes, completing both for a combined 87 yards. They added 311 total yards of rushing on 53 carries.

Landon Starkvedt turned 18 carries into 122 yards and 34-yard TD, with Noah Gunderson had 15 runs for 106 yards while also intercepting a pass and returning it 10 yards.

W-G’s scored came on a four-yard dive from Carter Moran and an eight-yard pass from Moran to Nick Rees. Moran added a two-point conversion and finished with 26 rushing yards on nine carries.

Dylan McCaulley had five yards on four runs and Oliver Potter 10 yards on five runs as the squad was held to 41 yards on eight attempts.

Moran was 16-29-1 for 237 yards and one yard passing. He needs three more yards to reach 1,000 yards for the season.

Dane Polich (5-110), Max Dalton (4-95), Rees (3-17, 1 TD), Brody Nardini (3-12), and McCaulley (1-3) all received passes.

Potter had 8.5 tackles and Kaden Seeman 6.5, with Kolby Fogarty in on 5.5 stops and Julen Trudeau five stops. Seeman and Fogarty each had a tackle for a loss, with Collin Nardini recovering a fumble.

W-G hosts winless Belmond-Klemme (0-5, 0-2) Friday. The Broncos fell, 42-6, at NW Webster Sept. 23 and have been outscored, 236-14, this season, while W-G holds a combined 128-110 edge in total points scored/allowed.

Belmond-Klemme returns 12 rushing yards and no passing yards from last year’s game, a 45-8 W-G win. Moran threw for 192 yards and four scores in the win, with the team adding 195 rushing yards. W-G recovered three fumbles and intercepted three passes, returning one for a touchdown.


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