It was a battle of the birds on Friday, Oct. 12 when Woodward-Granger Football hosted Pella Christian for senior night. The Eagles proved to be tough competition to the Hawks as they traveled back to the Tulip City with a win against W-G 45-22. Head Coach George Ashman was pleased with his team’s performance on Friday despite the loss.

“We played a much better game than the week before,” Coach Ashman said. “The rain delay really set our guys back for some reason. We responded well against a better team this week, we just came up short.”

W-G started out strong by being the first to score in Friday night’s match up, but were quickly knocked down by their opponent when Pella Christian answered the Hawks’ six points with 24 of their own. Tate Lettow was the one to make his way into the endzone during that first quarter, running 85 yards. From there the Hawks made the decision to go for the two-point conversion but came up short.

Soon Pella Christian took the lead and continued to add to their side of the score. Despite the seemingly unstoppable Eagle Offense, the Hawks kept up their work on defense and came out of the game with a few more touchdowns. Later in the game, Gabe Yingst made his way to the endzone, cradling the ball on a 12 yard score, followed by a four yard touchdown from Keith Braunschweig. The Hawks made up for lost points from early in the night when spectators saw each of these touchdowns end with successful two point conversions.

Coach Ashman stated he hopes his team, and especially his seniors, to remember they played their best during this game.

“They have played really well for most of the season and accomplished a lot more than most people thought they could do,” Ashman said. “A win this Friday would give us the winning season they had set their goals on for this year. For the seniors a win on Friday would give them a big positive to end on, for the younger guys it helps start their season for next year.”

The Hawks will get the opportunity to bring those goals to fruition on Oct. 19 when they travel to Colfax-Mingo to play their last regular season game of the year.