Trailing 20-6 at the half, the Hawks have a long uphill battle ahead of them for the second half.
After a sloppy first half (totaling 5 turnovers for both teams combined) the Hawks need to take better care of the ball. They simply aren’t good enough to be making such mistakes while still struggling to gain yardage as it is.
Penalties definitely haven’t been helping either, as foolish and rookie mistakes have cursed the team. It’s the first game, now’s the time to get out all of the butterflies, but the team needs to crack down and make up some serious ground against a very physical Stanwood team.
Junior Austin Bates has looked sharp at linebacker to replace senior star Devante Downs who went down with a torn ACL earlier this year. Chance Ragsdale and Ryan Lacasse have struggled to replace his physical dominance at running back.
Junior Quarterback Justin Hopkins left the game early with an apparent leg injury, but has returned with a noticeable limp.