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Redhawks shut down BCLUW 52-0 in regular season closer, heading to playoffs

October 25, 2018
CJ Eilers - Editor ( , Traer Star-Clipper

North Tama football is back in the playoffs for the first time since 2012 as the Redhawks cruise into postseason with a 8-1 record after stifling the BCLUW Comets on Friday, Oct. 19.

"We started this game quite well both offensively and defensively," McDermott said. "All week long, we emphasized 'we win and we're in' and they took that to heart. From the beginning, we did what we needed to do and we controlled the game. Tyler is running and receiving at a high level with only playing half the game. Our offensive lineman made things go for him."

The Redhawks played with a mentality of "win and in" for making the playoffs, but faced a Comets team stricken by injuries and unable to answer the Redhawk offense putting up 40 points in the first half. By the second half, most starters were out and replaced by the two and three deep players putting up 12 points to cap off a 52-0 win

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Skyler Staker (3) has shown his arm off over the season, but also is more than capaable to run as indicative of a 13-yard run against Postville.

Morrison concluded his senior regular season by eclipsing 300 total yards with 238 coming on the ground on 13 carries and 67 yards on two receptions. Gabe Kopriva received significant minutes, running 68 yards on seven carries. Zach Greiner followed with 41 yards on two carries. While the Redhawks kept mainly to the ground-only recording one additional reception for Hulme for 29 yards-the double threat of Hulme and Staker continued to pay dividends for the Redhawks.

On defense, Ryan McLean led in tackles with 6.5 tackles and also two sacks. Cory Isenhower, Luke Pennell and Staker each recorded 3.5 tackles for the Redhawks. Parker Hulme and Kopriva each had an interception for North Tama and Devin McKinley came up with fumble recovery.

"Ryan McLean had a tremendous game both offensively and defensively on the line," McDermott said. "Caleb DeBoef's defensive technique is textbook. Parker Hulme played well as a defensive back. I thought Travis Waller had his best game of the season. He's coming on strong after hardly playing his junior year."

The Redhawks will seek to begin a postseason run with a trip to Mason City to take on Newman Catholic (7-2) on Friday, Oct. 26 starting at 7 p.m. In one of their most recent playoff appearance in 2011, the Redhawks were defeated by the Knights 31-7 in Mason City, but Coach McDermott hopes to flip the script seven years later.

"We played Newman Catholic three years in a row from 2009 to 2011 in the regular season and in the postseason," McDermott said. "They are coached by a former assistant and run an offense they had years ago. Offensively, their running back run the ball really well, use motion. Defensively, they are aggressive and well schooled in what they're supposed to do. Overall, they are an excellent program and we will need to be ready and rely on our strengths. We'll throw the ball more than in the previous last few weeks."

While the regular season is over, the Redhawks will continue to abide by the "one game at a time" mentality, but also to not be satisfied with just making the playoffs. Instead, the Redhawks hope to have the programs first playoff win since that last trip in 2012.

"I think it's hard to validate in words the hard work these guys have done to get back to the playoffs," McDermott said. "A lot of teams will just go through the motions with the mindset they've been unsuccessful in recent years and don't try. This team is of a different mindset. Our staff kept pushing them to that goal and they kept responding well. I don't anticipate anything different this week."



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