What looked to be a close, or at least competitive, contest turned out to be anything but, as the North Tama Redhawks dismantled the Grundy Center Spartans 33-0 last Friday night.
With the win, the Redhawks have guaranteed themselves at least a first-round playoff game at home.
The game was an important one for the Redhawks in two other ways, the more important being that it puts North Tama in the driver's seat for a district title. With a loss by Belle Plaine, the Redhawks are now in sole possession of first place and can win the title outright with a win at BP in the final game of the regular season.
The North Tama Redhawks earned themselves a home playoff game with a 33-0 dismantling of Grundy Center. The game was called during the late stages because of lightning in the area. Above, senior wide receiver Jacob Watson displays a nice stiff arm in keeping a Spartan defender at bay after a reception. Below, Brent Billerbeck shakes free from a tackle during a return. Below left, Dalton Hulme breaks free for extra yardage. North Tama wraps up the regular season on the road against Belle Plaine Friday at 7 p.m., with a home playoff game on Wednesday, October 24, also at 7 p.m.
The other reason was a bit more personal. Brent Thoren, who led the Redhawks to a state title in 2010 and departed North Tama at the end of the last school year, is now the head coach at Grundy Center.
Jacob Wrage was on his game at the quarterback postion, completing 14 of his 20 passes for 241 yards and two touchdowns. He hooked up with Mitchell Boerm on a 64-yarder in the earlygoing and hit Dalton Hulme with a nice 39-yard pass for a touchdown in the second quarter.
Hulme had 9 rushes for 48 yards in the contest, notching two touchdowns on the ground. He also caught five passes for 73 yards.
Brent Billerbeck chipped in a touchdown of his own on the ground on the first possession following a lost Spartan fumble. Billerbeck finished with 56 yards rushing and 42 yards receiving. Boerm led the team with 93 yards on four receptions.
The game was well out of reach for the Spartans by the time lighting forced the game to be called with just over five minutes remaining in the fourth quarter.
On the defensive side, Nolan Hefty once again led the Redhawks with 19 tackles, nine of which were solo efforts. Boerm had two sacks and 11 total tackles. Tyler Nelson also recorded a sack in the contest, and Billerback grabbed an interception.
With Belle Plaine's loss to G-R, the Redhawks are now in sole possession of first place in A-4. They wrap up the regular season at BP this Friday night with kickoff set for 7 p.m.