Tornadoes use two first-quarter TDs to beat B-H/Rock Valley.
HULL - There was no slow start this time.
In fact, it was just the opposite.
Storm Lake, who had been finding itself down by two touchdowns in the first quarter of its first three games this season, turned the tables on Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley with two first-quarter touchdowns en route to a 20-7 victory on Friday night in Hull.
"That's the biggest win we've had here in a number of years," Storm Lake coach Craig Lyon said. "This (BHRV) was a team that was in the playoffs last year and they have a good program."
"I truly believe the fast start was the difference in the game," Lyon added. "To get up on them 12-0 right away ... that was big. I think the defense did a terrific job of just giving up seven points. They were the leading scoring team in the district averaging 30 points a game. The defense really stepped up."
Lyon explained the reasons for the defense's success.
"I think we were just more aggressive and we were much more physical than they were," he said. "I also think we played very well at times offensively. The third quarter drive was a very big possession."
Storm Lake drove 85 yards in four plays on its opening possession of the game. The big play, obviously, was a 73-yard touchdown pass from Scott Ellens to Jeff DeHaan. The two-point conversion run failed, making it 6-0 Tornadoes.
Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley then fumbled the ensuing kickoff and Tyson Williams picked it up and returned it 25 yards for a touchdown. The two-point conversion failed, giving Storm Lake a 12-0 lead in the first quarter.
The Nighthawks cut the deficit to 12-7 on a 2-yard run by Keith Siestra.
The final 2 minutes of the first half was interesting to say the least. Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley fumbled, then Storm Lake had a punt blocked, then the Nighthawks threw an interception, then Storm Lake threw an interception.
Storm Lake's first possession of the second half was a beautifully-executed nine-play, 84-yard drive, capped by a 21-yard touchdown run by DeHaan. He ran in the two-point conversion for a 20-7 advantage with 8:02 remaining.
Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley had one last opportunity late in the game, but the drive stalled on the Tornado 7-yard line.
DeHaan rushed for 72 yards and had 109 yards in pass receptions for Storm Lake, now 2-2 overall. Ellens passed for 167 yards.
Storm Lake 12 0 8 0 - 20
B-H/Rock Valley 0 7 0 0 - 7
SL-DeHaan 73 pass from Ellens (run failed)
SL-Williams 25 fumble return (run failed)
BHRV-Siestra 2 run (Reinke kick)
SL-DeHaan 21 run (DeHaan run)
TEAM STATISTICS SL BHRV
First downs 15 15
Rushes-yards 40-141 45-194
Com.-Att.-Int. 9-18-1 8-19-1
Passing yards 167 89
Return yards 9 73
Punts-Avg. 5-27 2-42
Fumbles-lost 1-1 4-2
Penalties-yards 5-40 1-5
Rushing-Storm Lake: DeHaan 21-72, Maier 5-49, Ellens 5-3, Koeppe 5-3, Brock 3-12, Youde 1-2. Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley: Siestra 26-169, Hanson 4-16, Reinke 12-11.
Passing-Storm Lake: Ellens 9-18-1-167. Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley: Reinke 8-19-2-89.
Receiving-Storm Lake: DeHaan 2-109, Blanchard 4-41, Youde 1-8, Fulcher 1-9, Hanna 1-12.