by Coach Matt Hone
The Hancock Owls traveled to Chokio to take on the CAHN Spartans on Friday, September 18. The Owls fell in defeat to the undefeated Spartans 18 - 0. Despite a spirited effort, Hancock didn't have enough punch to outlast the Spartans. Neither the Owls nor Spartans could get much going on their first possessions as the defenses set the early tone. Hancock's next drive would end on a CAHN interception. The Spartans took the opportunity to put together a drive that would end with their first score of the night. CAHN scored on a five yard run, but failed on the two point conversion making the score 6 - 0. The next Owls drive again ended with a fumble recovered by the Spartans.
The second quarter began with the Spartans once again on the move. The drive ended with CAHN rushing in from one yard out for their second score of the evening. The two point conversion failed once again and the score stood at 12 - 0. Hancock was forced to punt on the next possession. As their offense took over, Cory Schroeder would recover a Spartan fumble. The Owls were unable to capitalize though, as they would turn the ball over on downs. Hancock was able to hold the Spartans on their next try giving the Owls another shot before half time. Quarterback Austin Steege completed a 40 yard pass to Cory Schroeder to set Owls up on the CAHN five yard line. The Owls threw an interception on the goal line allowing the Spartans to return the ball out to their thirty yard line. Both teams headed to half with CAHN in the lead.
The third quarter boiled down into a defensive battle for field position. A Spartan fumble, recovered by Travis Nohl, gave the Owls a chance to once again get on the score board. CAHN was up to the challenge though as the Owls were forced to turn the ball over on downs. The third would end with the same score as halftime at 12 - 0.
The fourth quarter began with a CAHN drive stalling. The Spartans punted the ball to pin the Owls deep on their own five yard line. The Owls again drove away from their goal line as time became an issue for Hancock to make a comeback. The Owls failed to complete a key fourth down conversion allowing CAHN to take over in Hancock territory. The Spartans capped the drive and then scored on a ten yard touchdown pass. The two point conversion failed and the score stood at 18 - 0 which was the final.
The loss causes the Owls to fall to 0 - 3 on the season and 0 - 2 in the conference. "So many players gave such great efforts, this loss wasn't for lack of effort," commented Coach Hone. Penalties, injuries, and missed opportunities were the story of this game. The Owls will continue their effort towards victory next week as they travel to CGB for a 3:30 game on September 25.