The Hawks started the game slowly and were not able to make a full comeback in order to beat the Divers last Friday night in Lake Preston. The Divers went on to win the game 28-26 dropping Colman-Eganís record to 1-4.
Lake Preston jumped out to an early 8-0 lead in the first quarter but both defenses were playing with something to prove.
Colman-Eganís defense was really on their game during the first half, forcing a safety on the Divers quarterback Cole Casper.
That was the Hawks only points of the first half but the Divers were able to add one more scored to take a 14-2 lead into the halftime break.
The Divers came back out hot on defense for the third quarter as well, stopping anything the Hawks tried doing through the air.
Lake Preston tacked on one more score and a two-point conversion in the third quarter that gave them a 22-2 lead heading into the final 12 minutes of play.
Something clicked for Colman-Egan late. Matt Nelson hurled a ball downfield for a 15-yard touchdown pass to Tanner Acton, his first touchdown of the season. After a successful two-point conversion, the Hawks trailed 22-10.
The Hawks forced the Divers to punt on their next possession and senior Riley Clark took that as an invitation to add some points on the board. Clark jumped the snap and got in to block the punt only to recover the ball and take it in for the score. The Hawks would add two more points on the conversion to bring the score to within four at 22-18.
The Divers pounced on their next opportunity to score by adding another six points on a touchdown to increase their lead to 10 at 28-18.
In last efforts to try and make a full recovery, Nelson bombed a ball downfield to Lane Berg for an impressive 79-yard touchdown pass. The Hawks successfully added the two-point conversion to make the score 28-26. But that is where the scoring would end. The Hawks were unable to get the ball back and score before time ran out.
C-E shared the ball pretty evenly on the ground. Cole Shoenrock led the way with 36 yards on 11 carries, while Haiden Schmidt added 35 yards and Nelson totaled 34. Colman-Eganís leading rusher on the season, Riley Clark, was held to just one carry for six yards on the game.
Nelson was the story of the offense, tossing the ball 28 times, completing 15 of them for 195 yards and two scores. Berg was his go to target with seven receptions for 121 yards a score. Clark added four grabs for 56 yards. Josh Giese and Tanner Acton each added one catch for 21 and 15 yards respectively.
Junior Jaden Denison carried the Divers, rushing for 239 yards on 33 carries and all four of his teamís touchdowns.
The Hawks will look to get back into the win column this Friday as they hit the road to take on Elkon-Lake Benton. ELB will enter the game on Friday 3-2 after squeaking past Castlewood 21-20 last Friday. The game is in Elkton and is scheduled for 7:00.