Blackhawks back to winning ways against Sibley-Ocheyedan
SIBLEY — Hinton bounced back with a much needed win after consecutive losses to Western Christian and West Lyon by taking down a team they’ve had much success against. The Blackhawks won 35-0 in a weather-shortened game against the Generals to move to 8-0 all-time against the team, Hinton’s best record against a single opponent.
“One year we played them it was in the playoffs so they’ve had some good teams up there,” Hinton Co-Head Coach Steve Diediker said. “It’s always been a good game. This is probably the biggest spread that we’ve had, but for whatever reason we’ve been pretty fortunate in the outcomes.”
A wet game played into the favor of Hinton’s rushing attack which was able to work to the outside to gain yards in the game.
“Knowing that the forecast was, we thought with our running game it would be to our advantage,” Diediker said. “The middle of the field was really very sloppy, but outside the hashes was pretty decent. Both teams tried to take advantage of that by running plays that were going to the sideline and trying to use the decent turf there.”
Jesse Ridgway had a breakout performance with a pair of touchdown runs, his first two of the season as he ended with 95 yards on 16 carries.
“Jesse Ridgeway, he’s a bit heavier duty and he’s a north-and-south runner,” Diediker said. “He took advantage of the situation. He got a full head of steam and had his best night of his career and scored a couple touchdowns and a 2-point conversion. It was a real big night for him.”
Tate Kounkel and Wyatt Stucky also had scoring runs for the Blackhawks while quarterback Braden Vonk was the second-leading rusher on the team with 72 yards on 11 carries.
Vonk added a touchdown throw to Aiden Brock on a 25-yard play, Brock’s only catch of the game and one of just three completions for Vonk.
The defense helped seal the win for Hinton with three second-half turnovers that provided good starting field position for the team. Derek Anderson came away with an interception while Tate Kounkel and Jaquez Williams each had a fumble recovery.
“It was still a close ballgame, 14-0 at halftime,” Diediker said. “We came out in the third quarter and got three turnovers and turned them all into scores and that put the game at ease.”
Hinton (4-3, 3-2) hosts Emmetsburg (4-3, 4-1) on Friday. The winner of the game would keep open the possibility of earning a wild card bid to the postseason. Diediker knows it will be an important game against a similar-style team that enters with plenty of tradition.
“They’ve got a storied program over there,” Diediker said of Emmetsburg. “Most of their success came when they were a class above us so we didn’t really start playing them until we got them in the playoffs a couple years ago and this is the first time they’ve been in our district. We know a lot about them because they’ve had such a good history over there and I think it does come down to this game to who’s third in the district and if you’re not third in the district your playoff chances are out. We still feel we’ve got destiny a little bit in our own hands as far as at least in if we can get the third place in our district and then just see how everything plays out.”