Waverly-Shell Rock put the clamps on the West Delaware offense on the way to a 15-8 Class 3A, District 3 win over the Hawks at Go-Hawk Stadium in Waverly, Oct. 4.
West Delaware dropped its third game in a row and stands 0-2 in district play and 2-4 overall, while Waverly-Shell Rock won for the first time since an 18-7 win over North Fayette Valley in week one to improve to 1-1 in district play and 2-4 overall.
“The guys played hard and gave great effort,” said West Delaware coach Doug Winkowitsch.
There was little in the way of offense for either team in the first quarter, as the Hawks garnered only three total yards and the Go-Hawks 19 — all on the ground.
West Delaware picked up the initial first down of the contest for either team midway through the second quarter when Jared Voss found Alias Underwood for six yards deep in Go-Hawk territory, and when Voss found Logan Woellert for eight yards with 7:40 remaining in the half, the Hawks were in business at the W-SR 15 yard-line. A second-down sack lost nine yards, and the Hawks eventually turned it over on downs at the Waverly 24.
After the teams exchanged punts, the Go-Hawks took over at their own 35 with 6:21 remaining. After driving the length of the field, W-SR scored the first points of the game on a trick play. Halfback Payton Leonard found Cael White for an eight-yard touchdown reception with only nine seconds remaining in the half to lead 6-0 at the break after the extra point kick failed.
W-SR made it 12-0 out of the gate in the third quarter when freshman running back McCrae Hagarty broke free for a 47-yard touchdown run.
The Go-Hawks put three more points on the board in the fourth quarter, driving downfield on the ground with Hagerty, who ended the night with 140 yards on 23 carries, doing most of the damage. When Donovan Wessel nailed a 37-yard field goal with 4:12 remaining in the contest, it was 15-0 before the Hawks found some late offensive life.
After Jadyn Peyton intercepted a pass with 2:15 remaining and returned the ball to the Waverly-Shell Rock 36, Voss found Kyle Kelley for 13 yards to the 22, and went back to the well on the next play, hitting Kelley with a 22-yard strike to get the Hawks on the board. Voss scored on the two-point conversion attempt to make it 15-8 with 1:46 remaining.
When Conner Funk’s onside kick was recovered by the Go-Hawks, W-SR took a knee three times to run out the clock and seal the outcome.
“We did not execute well enough offensively,” said Winkowitsch. “We must improve this week.”
West Delaware’s leaders were: passing — Voss 5-for-83 yards and one TD; rushing— Wyatt Voelker 4-for-64, Cael Meyer 22-for-54, Underwood 1-for-minus 2, Voss 6-for-minus 17; receiving — Woellert 2-for-42, Kelley 2-for-35 and one TD, Underwood 1-for-6; interceptions — Peyton one; tackles — Voelker 10, Joe Burke seven, Sam Loecke six, Woellert four, Kieran Monaghan and Christian Nunley 3.5, Kelley and Tyler Traver 2.5, Jamison Smith three, Kale Rempe and Peyton two, Carter Krogmann one, Carson Petlon 0.5.