Last Friday night, the football team hosted the Lancers of rival Gilmour Academy, in their third game of the season. The Hawks started off very strong, scoring on each of their first three possessions to take a 21-0 lead midway through the second quarter. The drives were capped off by two short plunges by Khari Anderson, to go along with a 36-yard TD run by Josh Walters. However, the Hawks then failed to put the game out of reach, instead allowing the Lancers to close the margin to 21-7 on a big play.
In the second half, the pattern continued, as the Hawks played well and had opportunities, but turned the ball over and made other mistakes that allowed the Lancers to stay close. When a turnover in the fourth quarter allowed Gilmour to start a drive inside the Hawken 10 yard line, the defense proved unable to hold and the lead was cut to 21-14. However, as they have done in all three games so far, when faced with adversity, the Hawks responded. They pounded out a long drive on the ground deep into Gilmour territory before turning to the air, as Ian Bell found Khari Anderson in the end-zone on fourth down to put the game decidedly out of reach, 28-14. The offensive line had another dominating performance, and the defense kept the Lancers very much in check for most of the game as well.
Next week, the Hawks are again at home, as they take on the Badgers of Berkshire high school (2-1) in the start of Chagrin Valley Conference play. The Hawks are looking to continue to build on their momentum from their 3-0 start, but realize they will have to limit their mistakes in order to continue their winning ways. The crowd turnout so far this year has been excellent, and the team continues to thank the student body for their great support.