Hiawatha rolls over Blue Ridge in opener

Cole Brantley scored three times on the ground and the Hiawatha football team opened its season with a 54-6 win over Blue Ridge on Friday.

Hayden Bingamen scored twice on the ground and quarterback Chris Korb had a rushing touchdown as well.

Coach Nick Doolittle said the team didn’t throw a pass in the win.

“We did not have to throw the ball once,” Doolittle said. “That’s just how the game was. The run was working so well we felt we got to the point we did not need to pass and show any of our passing plays.”

It was the first game as head coach for Doolittle, an assistant last year and graduate of the school. It’s also the first full season at the eight-man level for the Hawks, who did play the spring 2021 season at 8-man as well.

“It feels really good,” Doolittle said. The kids played really well and I’m happy with how they did. It’s always nice to get that first win, it’s good to get it under your belt. All in all I’m pretty happy.”

The Hawks remain at home next week, facing Alden-Hebron at 7 p.m. Friday.

“We’ve got some confidence now, and we know what mistakes we need to improve upon,” Doolittle said. “The kids responded well to the film and are ready to work out the things we need to work out. We’re confident moving forward for sure this year.”

Eddie Carifio

Eddie Carifio

Has been the sports editor in DeKalb since 2014.