Davin Rose completed 25-of-40 pass attempts for 297 yards and 3 touchdowns to lead the Hancock Owls to a 34-32 victory over Mountain Iron-Buhl on Friday night in Nevis. Two-point conversions after touchdowns were key in the Owls win as they converted two of five chances, while Mountain Iron-Buhl made just one of their five opportunities. The Owls remain undefeated on the season and the loss was the first of the year for Mountain Iron-Buhl.
“This was a difficult game for both teams to prepare for as we found out that it was going to be a go Wednesday night,” said Hancock Head Coach Chad Christianson. “Both teams had a 2 1/2 hour drive to meet in Nevis. We were very thankful that Nevis agreed to host the game. This was really a game of two teams exchanging blows the entire game. I was very impressed with how our guys played, coming off a very physical game last week and taking on another very talented team this week. It was great to see our guys dig deep again and see their effort rewarded.”
Chase Evink got the scoring started with an 11 yard TD run and Rose connected with Jackson Koehl on a 37-yard TD pass to give the Owls a 12-0 lead after one quarter.
Mountain Iron-Buhl scored a pair of second quarter touchdowns and added their only 2-point conversion after their second score to take a 14-12 lead. Hancock scored a late second quarter touchdown on a 34 yard pass from Rose to Matt Thompson and added a two-point conversion to take a 20-14 halftime lead.
A 2 yard run by Rose and a two-point pass from Rose to Koehl in the third quarter made it a 28-14 Hancock lead, however, Mountain Iron-Buhl trimmed the lead to 28-20 on a 41 yard run.
Thompson caught a 6 yard pass from Davin Rose for the final Hancock TD of the night, giving the Owls a 34-20 advantage early in the fourth quarter. Mountain Iron-Buhl scored the final two touchdowns of the game but failed on both two-point tries, coming up just two points short at the final horn.
Thompson hauled in 14 passes for 150 yards and Koehl caught 4 balls for 101 yards. Evink led the team in rushing yardage with 82 on 11 carries, while Rose ran for 69 yards on 20 attempts. Koehl (5 tackles, 6 assisted tackles), Thompson (4 tackles, 10 assisted tackles) and Toby Messner (4 tackles, 9 assisted tackles, 2 sack, 3 tackles for loss) were the defensive leaders for the owls.
Hancock (5-0) will host Ortonville on Friday night.