Hawley swats Hornets
When Brandon VanWatermulen hauled in a touchdown pass in the corner of the endzone Friday, the Frazee crowd roared.
It a rare opportunity to cheer for a home score as the Hornets went down to the Hawley Nuggets 57-8.
VanWatermulen's reception completed a drive down the field where a mix of running and deft passing from quarterback Dylan Stender came together when it didn't on previous drives.
"We went out, started the second half and played some good ball," said Frazee coach Jim Rader,
Rader said that penalties undid much of what his team accomplished early in the game.
"The guys saw what they could do in the first half," Rader said. "But the penalties were just killing us.
He said that the play calling had some success.
"My coaches were giving me stat reports and were saying that we have a lot of plays that are going for four-plus yards," Rader said. "Unfortunately, we end up with a penalty and you can't string three or four plays together to get that first down anymore."
Nerves played a factor, Rader said, because of playing the No. 3-ranked team in 2AA, coming off a tough loss to Barnesville/Rothsay the week before.
The Nuggets came out early with a two-tiered rushing attach from Nate Mattson and Kevin Olson.
They helped Hawley take a 35-0 lead into halftime.
Olson rushed for 134 yards on seven attempts and Mattson had 105 yards on five attempts. The duo scored two touchdowns apiece.
Each had a run of over 50 yards.
Hawley didn't let off the gas as coach Peder Naatz kept some of his starters in for three quarters.
"We're trying to get our guys into playing shape so they can play a full game," Naatz said. "And that's why we had our offensive and defensive lineman play through the third quarter.
"We're not trying to run anything up, just they needed to play. We know they have some time coming up where we know they won't play quite as much."
In the second half, Tanner Schultz snapped off a 20-yard TD run and Jay Boyer scored the last offensive touchdown for Hawley.
Late in the game, the Nuggets finished the night with a fumble recovery in the end zone as Frazee was pinned back.
Matt Viste led Frazee's ground game with 73 yards, with Mike Molzan picking up 52 yards.
Frazee's schedule gets a little easier as it travels to winless Bagley on Friday.
The Bagley game was the turnaround point to the Hornets' season last year as they were 0-3 going into the game. But Frazee rattled off five straight wins to finish the year on a winning note.
"We're sitting at 1-2," Rader said. "Unfortunately, we played two excellent teams. The first three games of the season where you play two teams who played in the section finals the year before or are state-rated now, that's a pretty salty schedule to start out with."