Hinton beats Logan-Magnolia in first round of playoffs
LOGAN — The Hinton football team went on the road for the first round of the Class A playoffs and came home with a 46-22 win over Logan-Magnolia.
“I was very proud of how the boys prepared and played Friday night,” Hinton Head Coach Kadrian Hardersen said. “They were locked in from the outset and it was a different intensity that they played with. All week we talked about how playoff football was different. There aren’t any more unknowns, it comes down to who wants to hit and who doesn’t. No matter what side of the ball we were on, we took the fight to Logan-Magnolia and that was the difference in the game.”
Hinton pounded the rock on the ground almost the entire night, attempting only two pass plays on offense. The team rushed for 369 yards on 36 carries, an average of over 10 yards per rush, while scoring seven rushing touchdowns.
“Offensively we were able to dominate up front all night,” Hardersen said. “Anytime you average 10 yards a play and only have to throw the ball twice you’re doing something right at the line of scrimmage. Tommy Eliades, Reese Stokes, Jacob Bishop and Kolton Robinson each played their best game of the year. They were nasty up front and created some huge holes to run through, and on top of that racked up more pancake blocks than I could count. If we can keep building on that performance we are going to be a tough out for whoever we play.”
Beau DeRocher ran for five touchdowns in the game, bringing his total to 18 rushing touchdowns for the season. He finished with 223 rushing yards on 15 carries in the win.
Quarterback Glen Carlson carried the ball seven times for 92 yards and a touchdown on a 1-yard keep.
“Beau had another huge night running the football. Sometimes you’re just in awe of what that kid can do with the ball in his hands. He’s a special talent,” Hardersen said. “What was great to see was Glen Carlson getting back to his old self and running the ball effectively. He had some big runs to keep drives alive and keep Lo-Ma off balance.”
Dylan Hartman added the other rushing touchdown on a 4-yard cary as he finished with 21 yards on his five rushing attempts.
In the passing game, Carlson completed his only two passes for 17 yards. One went to Carter Worden for nine yards and DeRocher caught the other for a gain of eight yards.
Lo-Ma was able to gain 316 total yards of offense in the game, only 70 yards behind Hinton’s total, but weren’t able to keep up on the scoring side of things. Evan Roden was the team’s leading rusher with 114 yards on 22 carries. He ran for one touchdown. Calvin Collins added the team’s two other touchdowns as he finished with 91 rushing yards on 24 carries.
In the passing game, quarterback Calvin Wallis completed 7-of-19 passes for 100 yards with Tarick Rowe being the top target with five catches for 92 yards.
Hartman led the Hinton defense with 15 tackles. DeRocher and Karson Ludwig were next on the team with six tackles apiece.
“We were able to take away their run game between the tackles largely because of the play of Bode Binneboese and Garrett Divis. They were monsters in the middle and had a great night getting off blocks and making tackles at the line of scrimmage,” Hardersen said. “At the second level I thought Dylan Hartman and Garrett Lindley played really solid games. Dylan was able to scrap and flow and was a sure tackler in space, and Garrett had his best game of the year taking on multiple blocks and setting a quick edge.”
Logan-Magnolia finishes the year with a 5-4 record. Hinton has won all three postseason meetings over Lo-Ma. Along with this year’s win, the Blackhawks won 43-28 in a Class 1A first round game in 2016 and 28-21 in a Class A semifinal contest in 2012.
Hinton (6-3) will play at district foe Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn (7-2) in their Round of 16 game on Friday. The two teams met in Hinton on Oct. 7, a 55-20 win for H-M-S. The Hawks won their first round game 46-31 over North Union.