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Brantley with three defensive touchdowns as Hiawatha crusies at A-FC

Cole Brantley scored three defensive touchdowns in Hiawatha’s 56-0 win at Ashton-Franklin Center on Friday.

“That was interesting to see,” Hiawatha coach Nick Doolittle said. “It’s always nice when the D can take control and put you up a score before the offense takes the field. It’s always nice to have.”

Brantley had all three defensive scores for the Hawks, including a scoop and score before the offense ever took the field. He added another fumble recovery when Cole Chambers stripped an A-FC runner. And then he intercepted a pass and took it for the score.

The Hawks (3-2) had lost two straight, allowing more than 50 points in both losses. They had won their first two games of the year, scoring more than 50 points in each win.

“We needed this one. It was huge,” Doolittle said. “It’s a great confidence builder. We know the kids are happy and the vibe was really good. It’s nice to see them have the pressure taken off.”