Hinton picks up district win over Alta-Aurelia

Tuesday, September 13, 2022

AURELIA — The Alta-Aurelia football team had shut out their first two opponents of the season, West Monona and Akron-Westfield, but had lots of trouble stopping Hinton’s offense in a 40-28 district win for the Blackhawks on Friday.

Hinton jumped out to a 28-0 lead by halftime and extended their advantage to 40-6 by the end of the third quarter. While the Warriors did mount a comeback with 22 points in the fourth quarter, it wasn’t enough for the Warriors to win their third game in a row to start the season.

“Friday was a tale of two games, the first three quarters and the last,” Hinton Head Coach Kadrian Hardersen said. “The challenge to the boys was to start the game fast, something that we had failed to do through the first two games. To their credit, I thought the boys came out ready to play and were able to execute some early game plan changes based on Alta’s defense. We saw a tremendous amount of improvement in our execution and that was the difference in the game.”

The Blackhawks rushed the ball for 190 yards and four touchdowns. Leading rusher Beau DeRocher rushed for a pair of touchdowns as he finished with 92 yards on 18 carries. Garrett Lindley rushed for another score as he finished with 76 yards on 13 carries. The other rushing score was a 1-yard run for quarterback Glen Carlson who ended with 21 yards on seven carries.

Carlson added a pair of touchdowns through the air. He was 11-of-17 passing for 112 yards in the game. Carson Peirce and Caden Winters each came down with a touchdown reception as they each had five catches. Peirce’s touchdown went for 36 yards, part of his team-high 102 receiving yards. Winters caught a 5-yard touchdown which was part of his 47 yards in the game.

“Offensively I thought we were very efficient. We lacked the big plays in the run game that we had against Marcus but made up for it by being methodical and taking what Alta was giving us,” Hardersen said.

The Hinton defense held the Warriors to just 46 rushing yards on 20 carries. Isaiah Powers scored on a 7-yard touchdown run and quarterback Cale Brechwald added a 3-yard score. Brechwald was more successful through the air as he ended with 301 passing yards while completing 24-of-41 passes. He threw two touchdowns and the same number of interceptions.

Gavin Sleezer caught a 37-yard touchdown as part of his five catches for 83 yards. Kaden Stites added five catches for 38 yards and the other touchdown. Powers was the leading receiver with six catches for 104 yards.

Lindley led the Hinton defense with 10 tackles. Carter Worden and Dylan Hartman each intercepted a pass.

“Defensively we were very sound for three quarters and executed the game plan flawlessly. Carter Worden had another big interception to shut down an Alta drive. He has a knack for the football and takes advantage of his opportunities when they come,” Hardersen said. “Up front we were able to make Alta one dimensional by shutting down their run game. Dylan Hartman had a great night leading the defense and getting us set up correctly and even got himself an interception by dropping to the right zone.”

The win improved Hinton’s record to 2-1 as they are now 2-0 in the district.

Alta-Aurelia fell to 2-1 overall and 1-1 in district games.

The Blackhawks will host Gehlen Catholic on Friday. Alta-Aurelia will travel to South O’Brien for their next game.

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