Published October 09 2010
No. 2 Barnesville cruises past Hawley in high school football
Whether it was the 374 rushing yards or the fact they scored on all but three possessions, the No. 2-ranked Barnesville Trojans made their mark in a 42-0 thumping of Hawley in football Friday.
“We’ve just wanted it,” said running back Zach Hochhalter, who rushed for 126 yards and three touchdowns. “It was something we had worked all week for.”
Barnesville (6-0) made no secret that it wanted to beat Hawley (4-2) for the second year in a row. Barnesville coach Bryan Strand got his team to buy into having two-a-day practices at 6:45 a.m. three times this week to prepare for the game.
It was something Barnesville did last year when it beat Hawley.
Last year was different. Hawley managed to grab a few touchdowns in the loss.
This time there was none of that.
Hawley’s offense was crippled to 102 yards on offense. It turned out to be the second time this year Hawley has lost by more than 21 points.
More importantly, it was the first time Hawley has suffered a shutout loss since 2006 when it was defeated 41-0 by Triton in the state tournament.
“They handled us on the defensive line and they handled us on the offensive line,” said Hawley coach Peder Naatz. “If you can’t create holes for your running backs, they can’t run. If you cannot get time for your quarterback, he can’t throw.”
Those were all things Barnesville was more than able to do on offense.
Hochhalter ripped off all three of his touchdowns in the first half, giving Barnesville a 21-0 lead at halftime.
“It was all the line,” he said. “The line deserves most of the credit. I just ran through the holes they were able to create for me.”
The offensive line did the same thing for Colby Braton, who rushed for 101 yards. In all, Barnesville had nine running backs. Five of them rushed for 35 yards or more.
One of those running backs was Strand’s son Michael, who rushed for a 28-yard touchdown in the fourth.
Strand’s oldest son, Robbie, threw a touchdown pass too.
“You are making sure that the line does its job,” Strand said. “But yes, it was fun to see my kids score. I was really proud of them tonight.”
B 6 15 14 7–42
H 0 0 0 0– 0
B–Hochhalter 1 run (kick fail)
B–Hochhalter 4 run (Rice run)
B–Hochholter 1 run (Hagen kick)
B–Tompkins 81 kick return (kick failed)
B–R. Strand 1 run (Hagen kick)
B–Hagen 14 pass from R. Strand 27 run (Hagen kick)
B–M. Strand 28 run (Hagen kick)
RUSHING: B, Hochhalter 19-126, John 1-9, Braton 15-101, Martz 6-36, Rice 4-55, M. Strand 4-35, Hagen 1-5; H, Olson 11-57, Bjorndahl 6-24, Boyer 3-6, Pekas 1-4, Lawson 4-12, Moothart 1-1
PASSING: B, R. Strand 3-5-0 40. H, Boyer 1-6-0 (-2)
RECEIVING: B, Braton 1-8, Mahar 1-18, Hagen 1-14. H, Burns 1-(-2)
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