Warhawks Take Down LaCrosse 30-12
In a rare Friday game, the Warhawks beat long time rival LaCrosse 30-12 before 5,127 fans on a chilly night at Perkins Stadium. The Warhawks, who have a WIAC best 34 football conference championships, never trailed the Eagles, who sit just behind the Hawks with 33 championships of their own.
Here are some thoughts as to what helped boost the Hawks to victory on Friday.
Junior cornerback Vince Mason intercepted two passes and was tough in coverage all night long. Shawn Shillcox also picked off an Eagles’ pass. Dylan Morang provided his usual consistency in coverage.
Out of the Blocks
The Warhawk offense established the tempo immediately with scoring drives of 77 and 87 yards to help the Hawks break out to a quick 10-0 lead. With Friday night’s performance, the Hawks have now outscored their opponents 66-7 in the first quarter this year.
Young Hawks Hit Paydirt
Three freshmen, all playing in part due to injuries to veteran players stepped up and scored touchdowns Friday night. Running Back Jarrod Ware scored on a 3 yard run in the second quarter. Manny Jones caught a 28 yard touchdown pass from Chris Nelson in the third quarter. Tyler Glass scored on a 21 yard run in the fourth quarter.
The Warhawks clogged up the LaCrosse running game, allowing 73 total yards in 23 attempts, once you take away the stats from the Hawks four sacks.
As has been the case most of the year, the Warhawk offense responded after the opponent scored. After LaCrosse scored a touchdown in their first possession of the second half to narrow the score to 16-12, UW-W responded with an eight play, 65 yard drive, capped by the Nelson to Jones aerial score.
Chris Nelson and Marcus Hudson both established career yardage highs. Nelson threw for 246 yards and Hudson racked up 108 yards of receiving.
The linebacking corps continued to play fast and physical. Justin Dischler, Matt Seitz, and Paul Foster each contributed five total tackles to the defensive effort.
Keeping the Score Down
The Warhawks have yielded only 11.3 points per game in their six games.