The West Delaware Hawks earned a hard-fought victory, Sept 17, in what was a defensive battle on the road against Waverly-Shell Rock to improve to 3-1.

After a slow first quarter, the Go-Hawks got on the board first in the second off a Grant Halverson one-yard run with 10:22 left to go.

Just a few minutes later, the Hawks were able to hit back when with 5:44 to go in the second, Will Ward muscled a 42-yard run to score, and following the extra point kick from Funk, tied the game at 7-7.

In the third, Jayden Peyton also took a long stroll to the end zone, running 20 yards to give the Hawks a 14-7 lead that wouldn’t be challenged with 1:28 remaining.

In total, the Hawks were held to 232 total yards of offense (62 passing, 170 rushing) while the Go-Hawks mustered a total of 247 yards (83 passing, 164 rushing).

“It was an incredible team effort,” coach Doug Winkowitsch said. “That was a defensive battle against a very good football team — we are proud of the way our guys keep fighting.”

Quarterback Kyle Cole finished the evening going 6-for-10 passing for 62 yards. On the ground, Conner Funk also gained 60-plus yards, netting a total of 63 yards on 16 carries.

Ward finished with 50 rushing yards on four carries with one TD, Jadyn Peyton with 37-on-6 (seven solos) with a TD and Logan Peyton 35-on-4.

Defensively, Logan Peyton racked up 9.5 total tackles, followed by Jack Smith 10 (five), Isaac Fettkether 8.5(six) and Connor Funk four solo 5.5 (four).