Hawks roll to vic­tory over Cru­saders

Waterloo Region Record - - SPORTS - Mark Bryson, Record staff mbryson@there­cord.com, Twit­ter: @BrysonRecord

BADEN — The faces change, yet the re­sults re­main the same.

The Ja­cob He­speler Hawks con­tin­ued their pur­suit of a fifth con­sec­u­tive Water­loo County (WCSSAA) se­nior high school cham­pi­onship Fri­day with a con­vinc­ing 56-12 vic­tory over the Water­loo-Ox­ford Cru­saders.

Hawks quar­ter­back Eli­jah Cruick­shank rushed for a pair of one-yard touch­downs and con­nected with Seth Robert­son on a 35-yard catch-and-run TD as the vis­i­tors im­proved to 2-0 on the sea­son. Robert­son also rushed for a 41-yard touch­down to open scor­ing and the Hawks over­whelmed the Cru­saders (1-1) with three sec­ond-quar­ter touch­downs on their way to a 28-1 half­time lead.

The Ja­cob He­speler de­fence per­formed ad­mirably and didn’t con­cede a touch­down un­til Ryan Yantzi hit Wes Lo­bosco-Kirch for a 55-yard TD strike to round out the scor­ing.

“I think we’re play­ing to our po­ten­tial and do­ing what we need to do,” said Ja­cob He­speler de­fen­sive back Lo­gan Hall.

“I re­ally like the chem­istry on this team, we’re closer than we were last year … we’re all friends.”

The Hawks are united in their de­sire to con­tinue the team’s WCSSAA win­ning streak that started in Week 1 of the 2013 sea­son. He­speler hasn’t lost in the lo­cal league since fall­ing to the Sir John A. Mac­don­ald High­landers in the 2012 champ game.

“We don’t want to be the team that loses the streak,” said Hall. “So yeah, there’s a bit of pres­sure on us with that.”

The Cru­saders had a mis­er­able start to the sec­ond half, fail­ing to ad­vance the ball on of­fence and then fum­bling a punt at­tempt. The Hawks made them pay with a 10-yard touch­down run by Xavier Pined to make it 35-1.

The Hawks de­fence caused an­other fum­ble on the next pos­ses­sion and the of­fence cap­i­tal­ized when Ian Kuwabara rushed for a 35-yard score. Cruick­shank added his sec­ond rush­ing touch­down to make it 49-1 and Ethan But­ler ran for 75 yards to round out the Ja­cob He­speler scor­ing. Hawks kicker Dar­rian Mor­gan was 8-for-8 on con­verts

Bright spots were few and far be­tween for Water­loo-Ox­ford but they did hap­pen.

Cru­saders de­fender Colin Shan­non recorded a pun­ish­ing sack of Cruick­shank in the sec­ond quar­ter and Tee­gan Wa­gler had an ex­cit­ing 45-yard punt re­turn in the fourth quar­ter. Water­loo-Ox­ford kicker Ethan Kirk­bride con­nected for a 35-yard field with plenty to spare.

“When you’ve got teenage kids, they get a bit down and they don’t know how to get them­selves back up. At times, they don’t trust them­selves,” said Cru­saders head coach Stephen Sz­i­man­ski.

“We came to­gether at the end and I think we’ll see more of that … We’re a bet­ter foot­ball team than we showed to­day.”

Mean­while in Kitch­ener, Nick An­dreotte rushed for three touch­downs and re­turned an in­ter­cep­tion 70 yards for an­other score as the Grand River Rene­gades scored a 31-1 win over Sir John A. Mac­don­ald. The Water­loo Vik­ings blanked the KCI Raiders 25-0 in the other game.

In Dis­trict 8 play, the St. David Celtics (2-0) are the only un­de­feated team af­ter two weeks of play. The de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons scored a 48-9 win over the St. Bene­dict Saints in one of two games played Thurs­day. The Res­ur­rec­tion Phoenix (1-1) recorded a 16-7 win over the St. Mary’s Ea­gles (0-2) in the other game.


Cru­saders ball­car­rier Evan Ben­der, cen­tre, is tack­led by Hawks play­ers Owen McDon­ald, right, and Nick Kin­caid.

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