Hinton football goes from 20-point deficit to 20-point win
SIOUX RAPIDS ó Trailing 20-0, the Hinton football team rattled off 40 unanswered points to come away with a 40-20 victory over Sioux Central in Class 1A District 1 action Friday. The rally gave the Blackhawks their first win of the year in the regular season finale.
The Rebels, who started the season 2-0 in non-district action, lost their fifth game in a row once the district slate started.
In a matchup of teams both looking to end four-game losing streaks, it appeared the Rebels were well on their way to accomplishing that. Gibson Olson scored on an 8-yard rush to get the scoring started for the Rebels, part of his 43 yards on 13 carries on the night.
Jayden Harder punched in back-to-back scores from the 2-yard line and 5-yard line as the Rebels held a 20-0 advantage with 2:52 remaining before halftime.
From there the tables turned dramatically. Hinton got a bit of momentum as they cut the deficit to two scores with 32 seconds left in the first half on an 11-yard pass from Derek Anderson to Caden Sussex. While it was the only score of the game for Sussex, it wasnít the only grab for Andersonís top receiver by catches and yards. Sussex finished the night with seven grabs for 139 yards.
The Blackhawks struck again early in the second half as Andersonís other main target, Caden Winters, pulled down the first of his two touchdown grabs. Winters scored on a 41-yard pass play from Anderson to make it a 20-13 game as part of his six catches for 95 yards.
Just minutes later the Blackhawks tied the game and less than halfway through the third quarter the visitors had pulled in front as the team recovered a fumble and then Kade Hoefling ran for a 36-yard score. He added an 18-yard rushing touchdown in the fourth quarter as part of his 93 rushing yards on 10 carries.
Hinton added one final touchdown to turn their 20-point deficit into a 20-point win.
Anderson finished the game 18-of-34 passing for the Blackhawks with 293 passing yards and three touchdowns. He added a rushing score with 63 total rushing yards on 14 carries. He was also one of the top defensive players, finishing second on the team with 11 tackles. He trailed only Hoefling who had 15.5 tackles.
Hinton improves to 6-1 all-time in meetings against Sioux Central. The team will take a 1-4 record into the first round of the Class 1A playoffs where they will travel to play Sibley-Ocheyedan (4-2). The game is a rematch of Hintonís 14-0 loss to the Generals on Sept. 18 which was the homecoming game for the Blackhawks.