By Cory Bedel
The Hancock 8th grade football team lost a heartbreaker to Wheaton 20-14 on Wednesday, but the Owls seventh-graders earned a tie against the Warriors.
Wheaton's eighth-grade team scored twice to take a 14-0 halftime lead but the Owls made some adjustments at halftime and scored a third-quarter touchdown on an 11 yard pass from Taylor Holleman to Jerid Berning. The 2-point conversion failed,
Later in the 4th quarter Hancock tied the game on Holleman's 2-yard quarterback sneak, and Holleman connected with Patrick Koehl for the 2-point conversion that tied the game 14-14.
But Wheaton scored a late touchdown to sneak out the victory.
Hancock played a tough Wheaton team right down to the wire, said coach Cory Bedel.
"I was very proud of the way the players played giving 100 percent the entire game," Bedel said.
Defensively, Philip Schaefer had 1 solo tackle and 3 assists; Taylor Holleman had 9 assists; Patrick Koehl had 1 solo and 8 assists; Jerid Berning had 6 assists; Anthony Koehl had 5 solos and 8 assists; Ross Ascheman added 3 solos and 5 assists; Jerrid Jepma had 1 solo and 12 assists; Seth Nelson had 1 assist; Even Nelson had 3 assists; Micah Baker had 3 solos and 9 assists.
Hancock's 7th grade team tied Wheaton 6-6. Wheaton scored first putting the Warriors up 6-0. Hancock then scored on an 18-yard pass from Philip Schaefer to Patrick Koehl.
Neither defense yielded much more the rest of the game.
Defensively Philip Schaefer had 1 solo, 3 assists; Taylor Holleman had 2 assists; Brendan Jensen had 1 solo, 1 assist; Patrick Koehl had 1 solo, 1 sack and 2 assists; Will Osterman had 2 assists; Anthony Koehl 3 assists, and 1 interception, Brandon Shaw had 2 assists and Ross Ascheman had 1 solo and 1 assist.
The game winners for Hancock Co-op offensive line player went to Brendan Jensen, who did a great job blocking, and the Hancock Co-op defensive line player went to Ross Ascheman, who had 8 tackles. Bedel gave offensive player of the game to Taylor Holleman, who had one passing touchdown and a rushing touchdown in the 8th grade game, and defensive player to Anthony Koehl, who led the team with 13 tackles in the 8th grade game.