In weather conditions that could level even the most unbalanced of match-ups, the team with the fewest mistakes came out on top in Colman on Friday night as the Lake Preston Divers mercy ruled the CE Hawks, 50-0, a little less than three quarters of play on Colman-Eganís homecoming night.
The Divers started the game with the ball and drove it the length of the field, ending with an 11-yard touchdown run by senior Jaden Denison. After a successful two-point attempt, Lake Preston led 8-0 just three minutes into the game.
The Divers went right back to work after a three-and-out by Colman-Egan. They drove the field again, and again, Denison punched it in, this time from nine-yards out. The Divers missed the two-point conversion but still led 14-0 midway through the first quarter.
After losing a few yards on their first two plays of their next drive, the Hawks went to the air but with a slick ball from the rain, the pass from quarterback Jace Jones slipped through his receivers hands and into the arms of a Diver defender.
Lake Preston made it 22-0 a few minutes later on Denisonís third touchdown of the day, this one from three-yards out with just a minute remaining in the first quarter.
But two plays into the Hawks next drive and the Divers picked it off again. Lake Preston drove the length of the field again, and had first and goal at the CE Hawks one-yard line. The Hawks showed some muscle, stuffing the Divers on four straight plays to force a turnover on downs.
The Hawks were then forced to punt after not gaining any ground on their proceeding drive, but managed to force a fumble and recover it on the Divers next possession.
Nothing came of the Hawks drive as a third down pass from Jones to Riley Voelker was broken up and the Hawks were forced to punt again.
Denison took it to the house a few plays later for a 45-yard touchdown score, his fourth of the night to give the Divers a 28-0 lead with nine minutes to play in the second quarter.
The two teams then had to deal with a weather delay. Lightening and heavy rain forced the refs to call the game for a while before the two teams were able to finish off the first half.
But the results were similar after the delay, as the Divers added 22 more points between the end of the second quarter and midway through the third, taking the victory, 50-0 for their first win of the year.
The loss drops the Hawks record to 0-5 on the season and they will host Elkton/Lake Benton this Friday at 7:00 PM.