Hawks soar over Boyer Valley in repeat of last year
REMSEN — Although both teams had several new faces playing from when they met last season in the first round of playoffs, the result was nearly identical when Remsen St. Mary’s met Boyer Valley on Friday, August 31. Last season’s postseason matchup ended with a 58-13 victory for the Hawks while the 2018 regular season version featured a 58-14 final score.
“It was pretty much identical,” RSM Head Coach Zach Arnold said. “They scored twice again on special teams returns, similar to last year. Same kind of situation as us though as we have a different crop of kids.”
While the score was about the same, how RSM got there was slightly different. Last season, a cold and windy night coupled with RSM’s strong set of rushers led to the Hawks getting all 434 yards of offense on the ground as Derrick Schorg went 0-for-3 passing. This season, the Hawks aired it out a bit more with quarterback Blaine Harpenau throwing four touchdown passes to three different receivers. Harpenau ended the game 11-of-19 passing for 183 yards.
Five different receivers caught passes with none of those catching more than three passes. Damen Brownmiller had a pair of scoring receptions out of his three catches as he totaled 40 yards. Skyler Waldschmitt also had three catches for 42 yards, but did not score a touchdown.
Dawson Harpenau and Austin Jensen had the other two scoring grabs with a pair of catches apiece. Harpenau’s touchdown went for 50 yards as he ended with 62 yards for the game. Jensen caught a 14-yard pass for a score as he finished with 21 total yards.
“We got to see a lot of our young kids, one more week into the season, get comfortable with the scheme,” Arnold said. “Our receivers ran really good routes and we had some really nice catches. A couple of those balls, kids are going up and getting them at the high point. Blaine really executed well I thought and all the receivers. You had a few different touchdowns spread around. It was good to see some of those guys who have been working hard the last couple years and have been around get rewarded with a touchdown.”
Along with Blaine Harpenau throwing for four touchdowns, he also picked up a pair of scores by tucking the ball and running. He rushed for 36 yards on eight attempts.
Jeremy Koenck ran the ball 15 times for 50 yards while Skyler Waldschmitt carried it six times for 38 yards.
Noah Schroeder scored on his only rushing attempt of the game, crossing the goal line with a 12-yard rush. Schroeder led the team with seven tackles with three going for loss.
The defense came away with four turnovers as Wesley Galles led the way with a fumble recovery and an interception. Skyler Waldschmitt also picked off a pass while Brownmiller scooped up a loose football and ran 20 yards for a score. The defense held Boyer Valley to just 45 yards passing as quarterback Gavin Reineke went just 4-of-24 passing for 15 yards while throwing two interceptions. Conlan Petersen went 3-of-6 for 30 yards. The Bulldogs couldn’t do much running the ball either, totaling just 38 yards rushing. The only lapses in the RSM defense came on special teams as they allowed Hunter Soma to return a pair of kickoffs for touchdowns for Boyer Valley’s only scores of the game. He ended with 167 yards on three returns. Soma also scored Boyer Valley’s only points last year when he returned a kickoff and a punt for touchdowns.
Remsen St. Mary’s (1-1) will make their shortest road trip of the season as they travel to play Kingsley-Pierson (2-0) on Friday, September 7. Arnold said the start of the district schedule won’t be easy.
“It’s always fun playing in District 1,” Arnold said. “There aren’t really any easy games. Kingsley, we know a couple guys they’re bringing back from last year and having watched their film over the weekend, they’ve got some big boys. We’ve just got to go out there and execute our game plan to the best of our abilities and play hard.”