Blackhawks roll past Onalaska Luther Knights

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Dylan Yeomans gets past a would-be tackler for a good gain in first half action Friday night against Onalaska Luther.

Peyton Hall crosses the goal line to score on a 35-yard screen pass against visiting Onalaska Luther Friday night. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

The Blackhawks’ Gunnar Kravchuk chases down the Knights’ quarterback and makes the tackle Friday night in second quarter action.

Quarterback Brogan Potter and Peyton Hall roll to the left.

Peyton Hall breaks a tackle.

By Zach Mara

 

The Prairie du Chien Blackhawks, behind dominant offensive and defensive lines, routed the visiting Onalaska Luther Knights 55-13 Friday night. The Hawks’ (2-2) defense, spirited by relentless pass-rushing from Gunnar Kravchuk and Adrian Johanningmeier, would hold the Knights (0-4) to 116 total offensive yards for the game, including -39 yards on the ground.

The game would begin with Hawks’ kicker Chad Mara booting his longest kick of the year, pinning the Knights inside the 20-yard line to start the game. The defense would do their job, forcing Luther to go 3-and-out. The Hawks would then march into the end zone on three plays, 2 rushes for 33 yards from Dylan Yeomans and a 7-yard touchdown run by Peyton Hall. Cory Check nailed the PAT and the Blackhawks led 7-0. 

The Knights’ next drive would be cut short by an interception by Ethan Swiggum, which he returned to Luther’s 49-yard line. Eleven seconds later, Yeomans was walking into end zone for his first TD of the game. The PAT was good, and Prairie led 14-0. The Hawks’ would force another 3-and-out on the next drive, and they were going in to score again when the Knights’ defense would force a fumble on a QB keeper at the 1-yard line.

After another Knights’ punt and a Peyton Hall run, Brogan Potter would complete a 33-yard touchdown pass to Casey Hogenson, widening the margin to 21-0 after the PAT. The Hawks’ suffocating defensive play continued, forcing the Knights to turn the ball over on downs. Potter would get his second touchdown pass of the game on a 35-yard screen pass to Hall. Check would once again put the ball through the uprights and the Blackhawks would extend their lead to 28-0.

Aided by 2 key pass interference penalties, the Luther Knights would get the ball into the end zone on a 12-yard touchdown pass from QB Jeremy Fluegge to Sam Babinec. The PAT was good, but the Hawks still led 28-7. This minor victory would be short-lived for the Knights, as Peyton Hall would record his third touchdown of the game, an 8-yard TD run. After the good PAT, the Hawks led 35-7 with 5 ½ minutes before halftime. Peyton Hall would contribute on the defense as well, intercepting a third down pass and returning the ball to the Knights’ 10-yard line. Following a Hawks’ penalty, Yeomans would catch a pass from Potter and run in for a 25-yard touchdown. Check’s PAT kick was good again, and the lead was increased to 42-7, nearing halftime. Neither team would score again before the half, and the Hawks led 42-7 at the half, forcing a running clock in the second half.

Both teams would score on their first possessions of the second half, the Hawks on a Peyton Hall 67-yard TD run, and the Knights on a 28-yard pass for a touchdown. Neither team’s PAT was successful, and the Hawks led 48-13. The Hawks’ subs were in, but that wouldn’t stop the offense, as now-QB Cory Check ran the ball in from 1-yard out on their next possession. The added PAT ended the scoring at 55-13.

Brogan Potter was 6-7 with 116 yards and 3 TD passes for the game. Peyton Hall had 7 rushes for 119 yards and 3 touchdowns on the ground as well as 2 receptions for 24 yards and a receiving touchdown. Dylan Yeomans had 7 rushes for a career-high 102 yards and a TD, and FB Dominic Wright had 7 carries for 43 yards. Drew Scott led receivers with 2 receptions for 34 yards. Hogenson and Yeomans each had a reception for 33 and 25 yards, respectively. The Hawks’ defense was led by Cody Cauffman, who started in place of injured Nick Weber. He had 7 total tackles. Captain Gunnar Kravchuk was next in line with 4 tackles and 1.5 sacks.

The Hawks will travel to Platteville to start conference play next week. The game begins at 7 p.m. At this point of the season, the SWC is up for grabs, with the Hawks being serious contenders.

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