Hawks dominate R-S on both sides of the ball

JEWELL – Trevor Ullestad isn’t a talker, not by any stretch of the imagination. His words come out in the form of his play.

In his own way he was jabbering all over Taylor Field, particularly in the first half, here Friday night.

The South Hamilton senior shucked the butterflies aside for the first field goal attempt of his career, as he booted home a 33-yarder midway through the first quarter – the culmination of a 16-play drive that derailed at the 17-yard line – against rival Roland-Story during Week 1 of the football season. Moments later he came up with an interception on defense and then late in the second period he hauled in a 16-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Matt Hislop to help send the Hawks to a 22-0 romp past the Norsemen.

“Trevor’s a very quiet and unselfish player, but he came up big for us,” South Hamilton head coach T.J. Schaefer said after he improved his personal record to 2-0 against Roland-Story. “He had a really nice game.”

The Hawks (1-0) owned both sides of the ball, even though they weren’t able to put the game away until midway through the fourth quarter. South Hamilton amassed 310 yards of total offense to Roland-Story’s paltry 37. The Norsemen ran just 13 plays in the first half for a miniscule four yards and owned possession for only two plays over the final 12 minutes.

All of Roland-Story’s yards came on the ground. Quarterback Zach Hovick completed just one pass for zero yards and he was sacked twice, resulting in a loss of 21 yards.

“We lost six seniors off our starting defense from last year, so it was kind of hard to figure out what to expect, but the boys really stepped it up and played solid defense,” Schaefer said. “They ran a lot of triple option, so it was a lot of responsibility football. The kids did their jobs and played unselfish defense.”

Linebacker Garret Evans recorded 6.5 tackles and Trevor Swenson made 3.5 stops. Swenson threw his helmet in on both sacks.

Defensive mastermind Sam Waid, a returning starting linebacker, made only one unassisted tackle, but came through on both sides of the ball in the fourth quarter.

With South Hamilton clinging to a 10-0 lead, Waid – also a starting fullback – bulldozed his way into the end zone from 1 yard out with 8:04 to go to put the Hawks in front 16-0. Just 19 seconds later, now on defense, Waid plucked a batted ball out of the air and raced the other way for a 24-yard interception return to the house.

And that was all she wrote.

“Sam had a pretty decent game. He probably didn’t have his best game, but that was a big play (in the fourth quarter),” Schaefer said. “He has a reputation for having a nose for the football and he proved that by picking off that pass and running it in.

“Garret Evans had a really big game on defense. I was very happy with what he did in his first game at linebacker.”

Hawks’ quarterback Matt Hislop completed 5 of 10 passes to four different targets and netted 86 yards and the one touchdown. Zach Zoske had two receptions that covered 38 yards; Ross Enderson (26 yards) and Devin Howard (seven yards) both caught one pass.

Howard chewed up 81 yards on the ground on 19 totes, while Hislop (55) and Waid (51) accounted for a combined 106 yards on 25 carries.

But too many penalties – 12 in all that pushed the Hawks back 80 yards – kept Schaefer’s squad from lighting up the scoreboard. South Hamilton maneuvered inside the Roland-Story 20 in the first half, but the 13-play drive went nowhere following 35 yards worth of penalties.

“We moved the ball pretty well, but the thing that killed us was penalties,” Schaefer said. “We have to cut that down.

“I was pretty pleased with how we ran the ball. We got consistently three to five yards at a time and you do that enough it eats up the clock.”

South Hamilton will now prepare to take on Woodward Academy (0-1) Friday night at 7:30 p.m. in Woodward. It will be the Hawks final tune-up before Class 1A District 3 play begins a week later against state power and returning state semifinalist Dike-New Hartford.

“These first two games we’re just trying to get our timing and execution down,” Schaefer said. “We still want to play one week at a time though because (Woodward Academy) has a lot of good athletes.”