The Hancock Owl Football team recently made their annual trip to participate in the Nine Man Team Camp held at Northern State University of Aberdeen, South Dakota. The camp ran June 10th, 11th, and 12th. It is an opportunity for the players to improve their individual skills through drills and workouts, as the team focuses on practices and games to prepare for the coming season. Players are also able to break from their typical summer routines and focus on football and team relationships in a college environment. Hancock earned third place by winning two games and losing two games.
Hancock lost the opening game to the Warner Monarchs 13-10. A close game but the Owls ran out of time and came up short. Hancock fell behind 10-0 to start the game, but got on the board when Mark Schaefer completed a touchdown pass to Brendon Foss. The Owls would tie the game at ten following a Brendon Foss sack and a Drew Schmidgall fumble recovery. A late Owl turnover allowed Warner to retake the lead 13-10. Hancock got one last drive but time ran out before they could score again.
The second game was an offensive explosion for the Owls as the team hit on all cylinders. Hancock defeated the Hoven-Edmunds Central Mustangs 48-21. The Owls scored early and often. Mark Schaefer threw four touchdown passes in the game, Brendon Foss caught two and Drew Schmidgall caught two. Cory Schroeder and Mark Schaefer would each rush for a touchdown as well. The defense came up with big plays too, Jake Ascheman and Wade Feuchtenberger each had fumble recoveries and Travis Nohl had two sacks.
The third game found Hancock facing the Herried-Selby Lions who would eventually win the camp title. Hancock would lose by a score of 27-10. the first half was very close and hard fought. Herried- Selby would score first 7- 0, but Hancock's first points came following an interception by Wade Feuchtenberger making the score 7-3. Hancock would take the lead 10- 7 when Mark Schaefer once again passed to Brendon Foss for a touchdown. Travis Nohl would also add a sack defensively. An Owls turnover allowed Herried- Selby to tie the game at ten, and never look back. The last half of the game saw Herried-Selby add two more touchdowns and another Owls turnover to set the final at 27- 10.
Hancock was matched against Hoven-Edmunds Central for the third place game. Hancock once again emerged victorious, claiming the third place title by a score of 24-10. The game would not be easy as the Owls got off to a slow start. Hoven-Edmunds would score first on a touchdown pass to take a 7-0 lead. Hancock would score their first touchdown when Mark Schaefer rushed for a touchdown to tie the game at seven. A Hancock fumble would once again allow Hoven-Edmunds to take a 10-7 lead. The Owls then took flight, scoring seventeen unanswered points to secure the win. Mark Schaefer completed a touchdown pass to Drew Schmidgall to retake a 14-10 lead. Jake Ascheman scored a 42 yard touchdown run to extend the lead to 21- 10. Travis Nohl would have three sacks in the game which disrupted the Hoven- Edmunds offensive. A Brendon Foss interception allowed for the the final Owl score and sealed the victory 24- 10.
Coach Hone commented, "We would have liked to have brought home the title again, but we are certainly proud of third place." The following are the Owl athletes who attended the camp: Jake Ascheman, Brendon Foss, Drew Schmidgall, Cory Schroeder, Wade Feuchtenberger, Rosendo Lopez, Travis Nohl, Mark Schaefer, Chanc Nack, Nick Marczak, Samuel Roth, Austin Steege, Jeffrey Peterson, and James Newhouse. The camp was a positive start to the 2009 season as the Owls move forward to the start of practice in August.