Hockinson looks to avenge last year’s loss to Woodland

Hawks’ high-powered offense has scored 42 points in each of their first two games

Hockinson Hawks (2-0)

Week 1: Hockinson 42, La Center 6

Week 2: Hockinson 42, Prairie 6

Next: Hockinson at Woodland, 7 p.m.

The Hawks are averaging 42 points per game. They are allowing six points per game. Yes, even I can do that math!

Drops happen, but sometimes they don’t:

Two times, Hockinson quarterback Canon Racanelli delivered near-perfect passes to his wide receivers, yet the passes were dropped. In both cases, Racanelli went right back to those receivers, within a play or two, and both caught long passes.

 

Hockinson quarterback Canon Racanelli holds the reins of the Hawks’ high-powered offense. Photo by Paul Valencia
Hockinson quarterback Canon Racanelli holds the reins of the Hawks’ high-powered offense. Photo by Paul Valencia

That is great leadership by the QB. And smart calls by the coaches. Every player is going to miss one now and then. But it sticks in one’s head if that play is the last opportunity of the game. The Hawks did not allow those receivers to think of those drops. They both took advantage of their next opportunities.

 

There was another drop in there, too. But not really.

A pass was delivered, on the money again, and dropped. However, the Hawks were called for holding on the play, and Prairie accepted the penalty. That means, officially, the drop never happened. Yes, it’s the one time a receiver didn’t mind his own team committing a penalty.

Bad plays happen but stay focused:

Canon Racanelli threw an interception that appeared to be headed for a pick-six. Instead of being frustrated over the throw, Racanelli reacted. Then he chased down the ball carrier.

In fact, Racanelli sprinted more than 50 yards, passed a would-be blocker, to tackle the Falcon, saving a touchdown.

Henry gets defensive:

Matt Henry, known for his great play on offense as a receiver, is just as good on defense. In this one, he had an interception. Later, he broke up a pass in the end zone on fourth down.

Coaches love this:

In one play, the Hockinson defense brought down the Falcons for a loss of 8 yards. And on that play, eight defenders got to the ball carrier.

Defensive TD:

Kyle Brabec had himself quite a series in the third quarter.

On one play, he sacked the Prairie quarterback.

On the next play, he just missed a second sack in a row. The quarterback spun away from Brabec but right into Joe Brennan, who got the sack and the forced fumble.

Oh, and the ball just happened to go right to Brabec, who scooped it up and ran it in for a touchdown.

On two plays, it was a quarterback sack, a quarterback pressure (that led to a sack by a teammate), a fumble recovery, and a touchdown.

Coach Speak:

What did Rick Steele learn about his team in Week 2? “We won the game, but still have a lot to work on. We have to get much sharper as an offense. Running game is coming along as it must for us to be successful. We are a good football team but have a ways to go to be a great football team.”

Coaching staff’s pick for MVP on offense: Bailey Jones, running back. “He is still learning how to be a running back and he gets better each game. He averaged over 6 yards a carry.”

Coaching staff’s pick for MVP on defense: Kyle Brabec. “We moved him from outside backer to the defensive line and he has performed very well. Returned a fumble for his first touchdown in high school. He will continue to get better at this position.”

Thoughts on Week 3 at Woodland:“Two big playmakers that we have to stop. Harsh and Flanagan are excellent football players,’’ Steele said. “We have to stop them. Their defense is fast. We have work to do but our kids are ready for this game. It will be a very good football game.”

(Woodland, by the way, handed Hockinson its only league loss a year ago.)

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