The Hancock Owls improved to 8-1 on the season with a 32-14 semifinal round victory in the Section 2 9-Man playoffs on Saturday, knocking off Cedar Mountain by a score of 32-14 to advance to the championship game against unbeaten number one seed, Renville County West.
Jackson Koehl hauled in an 11 yard touchdown pass from Davin Rose in the first quarter and then ran the ball in for a successful two-point conversion as the Owls led 8-0 after one.
The second quarter saw 30 combined points go up on the scoreboard with Hancock getting a 50 yard scoring toss from Rose to Koehl and a Rose two-point run for a 16-0 lead. After a 30 yard touchdown pass and failed two-point try by Cedar Mountain to cut the lead to 16-6, the Owls struck with a 2 yard run by Rose and a two-point pass from Rose to Koehl to increase their lead to 24-6. A 10 yard TD pass and successful two-point attempt by Cedar Mountain brought the halftime score to 24-14.
The third quarter was scoreless and Rose closed out the scoring with a 24 yard scamper to the end zone in the fourth before hitting Titus Bjerketvedt with a two-point conversion pass to make the final score, 32-14.
Hancock had 345 yards of offense with 226 passing and 119 rushing. Rose completed 16-of-29 passes for 226 yards and a pair of TD’s. He also led the rushing attack with 63 yards on 11 attempts and two touchdowns. Chase Evink finished with 54 rushing yards on 14 carries. Koehl was the leading receiver with 6 catches for 113 yards and 2 scores. Dain Schroeder had 4 receptions for 44 yards. Defensive leaders were Koehl (8 solo tackles, 11 assisted tackles, 1 sack), Donovan Curfman (5 solo tackles, 1 assisted tackle) and Rose (4 solo tackles, 4 assisted tackles, 3 tackles for loss).