Hitchcock County wins area six-man football battle
MAYWOOD, Nebraska -- Maywood's football team would probably like to replay about a minute of its Friday, Sept. 9 six-man football game against Hitchcock County.
The host Tigers surrendered three touchdowns in less than one minute elapsed off the clock as Hitchcock County ran to a 54-32 victory.
Maywood blinked a few times early in the contest, and the Falcons led 20-0 thanks to a pair of Maywood turnovers.
Hichcock County drew first blood with 7:55 remaining in the opening period when Gabe Ware caught a 9-yard touchdown pass from Cale Brown. On the ensuing kickoff, Maywood bobbled the ball, and a hard hit from the Hitchcock County defenders send the ball spiraling away. Morgna Wimer recovered for the Falcons deep in Maywood territory. on the next play, Tanner Bauer collected an 8-yard pass from Brown for another touchdown, and Brown's two-point conversion kick put Hitchcock County ahead 14-0 with 7:32 left in the quarter.
On Maywood's next play from scrimmage, Brown intercepted a pass and returned it to the Tiger 1-yard line. Brown scored on the next play, and after a missed PAT kick, Hitchcock County suddenly led 20-0 with 7:04 left in the period.
Three touchdowns in less than a minute.
"We talked about that before the game -- we had to match their intensity and we didn't do that," said Maywood head coach Charles Jones. "They are a very, very good team and we kind of let them run wild to start with. When you dig yourself a 25-0, 34-0 hole, it's hard to get out of."
Hitchcock County forced a punt and scored again four plays later on Brown's 6-yard run to help the Falcons take a 28-0 lead. Brown later ran 35 yards for another touchdown with less than two minutes left in the first quarter to boost the Falcons to a 34-0 advantage.
Cashing in on Maywood miscues
"I felt like we were able to take advantage of their mistakes early on," said Hitchcock County head coach Jarod Albers. "We really didn't have that fire and intensity that I would have liked to have seen early. They gave us some good turnovers early, gave us some good field position early, and we really just stole the momentum."
Brown added a 3-yard touchdown run early in the second quarter, then Maywood broke the scoring drought with Aaron Doxon's 3-yard touchdown run following a 38-yard pass play when Will Moore made a diving catch near the Falcons goal line.
Maywood scored again on the first possession of the second half, as Stefan Peterson broke free for a 46-yard run when he dove up the middle then cut outside and outran the Hitchcock County defense.
The Falcons answered with a 60-yard scoring drive capped by Brown's 3-yard TD run for a 48-12 Hitchcock County lead midway through the third quarter.
Maywood answered with another sprint by Peterson covering 45 yards.
Both teams traded scores early in the final quarter. Hitchcock County scored on a 39-yard pass from Alex Whipps to Mike Erickson to put the Falcons ahead 54-18. Maywood retaliated on the kickoff when Doxon sprinted 70 yards on the return to cut the Falcons lead to 54-26. Maywood added a late score on a 26-yard scoring strike to Levi White.
Brown led Hitchcock County with 177 rushing yards.
Showdown at Arthur County
Hitchcock County, 2-0, faces a road showdown with top-ranked Arthur County Friday, Sept. 16. The Falcons lost to the defending six-man state champs twice last season, including a 68-20 loss at Arthur in the state playoff semifinals.
Maywood, 1-1,visits Arcadia Friday, Sept. 16.