SL comeback bid falls short
The comeback left no doubt about the team's character.
"We told them the second half we're going out and playing for pride," Storm Lake coach Craig Lyon said. "What those kids showed for character and pride made me so proud of these kids. They know how frustrated I was with them at halftime. That wasn't typical of us."
"We got on a roll there in the fourth quarter and we were playing with confidence and they were back on their heels," Lyon said of the second half surge. "The big difference was the offense moved the ball and the defense played strong. Our running game was tremendous in the second half."
Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley opened the scoring in the first quarter after capitalizing on a Storm Lake fumble. Joey Hinderks scored moments later on a 12-yard run.
The Night Hawks made it 14-0 late in the first quarter on a 1-yard run by Nick Rens.
Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley, however, blocked a punt in the end zone for a safety.
The Night Hawks then struck for two big plays to take a commanding 30-0 lead. Rens connected with Dusty Koele for a 37-yard TD pass and then Rens scampered 51 yards for a touchdown just before halftime.
Storm Lake began its charge when Jeff DeHaan scored on a 15-yard run with 6:01 left in the third quarter.
Storm Lake closed to within 30-14 on a 43-yard halfback option pass from DeHaan to receiver Kurt Hanna. The two-point conversion was good.
The Tornadoes made it a 30-20 game with 7:40 left on a 30-yard pass from Tyler DeHaan to Jeff DeHaan.
Storm Lake made it 26 unanswered points when Miller scored from 4 yards out with 5:28 to play. The score was set up by a long run by DeHaan.
The Night Hawks, however, ended the Tornado run when Jon Draayer rambled 66 yards.