Skyler Higgins and Zane Phillips were unstoppable Friday night as Remsen St. Mary's rolled over Harris-Lake Park 36-12 in the season opener.
The first half was a little slow-going for the Hawks, as they trailed the Wolves 12-8 after the first quarter.
RSM's first score came on an 18-yard pass from Higgins to Phillips for a touchdown. Higgins found the end-zone on the PAT for two more points.
The Hawks shut out the Wolves from that point on. In the second quarter, Higgins snuck into the end-zone on a one-yard run and Phillips scored the conversion run to give RSM a 16-12 lead at the half.
In the third quarter, Phillips scored on a two-yard touchdown run. A failed PAT left the Hawks with a 22-12 lead.
Higgins ran the show in the fourth quarter, sealing the win for the Hawks. The junior quarterback scored first on a seven-yard touchdown run. He followed that up with a one-yard run into the end-zone and a two-point conversion run, giving RSM their final 36-12 victory.
Higgins led the Hawks' offense, which totaled 340 total yards in the win. The junior was 9-for-11 through the air for 150 yards. Phillips led the ground game, gaining 86 of the total 190 rushing yards on 15 carries.
Defensively, Phillips was on top of the leaderboard once again with 10 tackles. Billy Steichen, Christopher Loutsch and Nathan Ruhland each had six tackles while Tanner Kockler had five.
As far as takeaways go, junior Matt Arens grabbed a pair of interceptions.
RSM coach Ken Hajek was pleased with the effort in the road victory. "It was a nice win for the seniors," he said. "For some of them, it's their first year playing varsity and it's good to get a win under their belt."
However, Hajek emphasized that despite the win, there is still room for improvement. "There are a lot of things we need to improve on," he said. "Defensively, we tackled well. We just need to work on alignment and defeating blocks. Those are two big things for our defense."
"Offensively, we have to iron out our blocking scheme."
But Hajek maintained, "It's always good to build on a winning game."
Now 1-0, the Hawks return home this week to host Laurens-Marathon in a non-district contest. The Chargers got a win in week one, defeating Spalding Catholic 36-16.
"Laurens-Marathon is a very good team," Hajek said. "We're excited about playing them. It will be very competitive on Friday."