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BCP GAME OF THE WEEK: Hawley tops Hamlin 46-44 in Big Country thriller

HAWLEY — It took nearly three hours and close to 900 yards of combined total offense to settle the issue. 

But once the dust cleared at Hawley High School on Friday, the 10th-ranked 2A DI Bearcats had earned a 46-44 win over top-ranked 2A DII Hamlin in a classic Big Country Preps Game of the Week.

Colton Marshall rushed for 230 yards, three touchdowns and four two-point conversions  to lead Hawley (3-0), which forced four Hamlin turnovers to key the win. 

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BCP GAME OF THE WEEK: Hawley, Hamlin collide in matchup of 2A powerhouses (w/ Evan Ren’s Big Country Picks)

 

LAST WEEK: 46-6, .884

SEASON TOTAL: 89-19, .824

I don’t know what has me more jazzed — the interesting slate of Big Country games we’ve got on tap this week, or the fact that I hit 88 percent of my picks in Week 2 and am at 82 percent for the season. 

I don’t mind saying, it’s way too early in to be picking at a rate that high. Normally the 80-percent plateau is crossed in the second half of the season, after you get dialed in on who’s who. But why should I complain? It will give me a leg up on Youngblood. 

Our Big Country Preps Game of the Week — Hamlin (2-0) at Hawley (2-0) — was actually circled on the calendar well in advance of the season. 

Yes, last year’s matchup resulted in a 32-6 Hamlin win. 

But the venue switches to Hawley this time around and unless I’ve missed my guess, the Bearcats are more than motivated after being escorted to the woodshed by the Pipers a year ago. 

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FEATURE: Marshall, offensive line completely change the Hawley dynamic

HAWLEY — From 2014-2017, the name most often associated with Hawley football was record-setting quarterback Quay Stokes. 

During his four-year stint as the varsity starter at HHS, the Bearcats posted a 33-15 overall record — the most successful four-season run in the history of the program. 

With the graduation of Stokes, however, the Bearcats were forced to adopt a new playing style last season in the hopes of retaining the momentum. 

Few imagined the level of success they would eventually find, or the method by which they would achieve it. But the Bearcats closed with a 10-2 mark in 2018 (matching its best season record ever), led by a huge offensive line and a bruising, relatively unknown junior running back named Colton Marshall. 

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HAWLEY TEAM PREVIEW: It’s no secret, Bearcats plan to get physical

HAWLEY — It doesn’t take Vince Lombardi to examine this year’s Hawley’s football roster and surmise what coach Mitch Ables’ modus operandi will be.

The Bearcats will be playing smash-mouth football — perhaps to an even greater extent than they did during last season’s 10-2 run that saw them suffer a heartbreaking loss to Sundown in the area round.

Put simply, the Bearcats have the equipment to line up, hit you in the face and dare you to stop them. And they can be expected to do precisely that in 2019.

To begin with, there’s All-Big Country Preps running back Colton Marshall to contend with. The 6-foot-1, 210-pounder amassed 1,935 yards and 27 touchdowns a year ago, much of which came after breaking tackles or flat-out running over people.

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GAME STORY: Hawley walks off with 4-3 win over New Deal in Game 1

Sitting at 0 for 2 with a sacrifice bunt through his first three plate appearances, Hawley’s Jaron Reynolds was having a forgettable day at the plate when he stepped into the batter’s box for his final at-bat.

But with his team down to its final out and the winning run standing at second, the junior second baseman needed all of one swing to change that.

After watching from the on-deck circle as Tate Thompson struck out for the second out of the seventh inning, Reynolds picked up his teammate with a bases-loaded double over the New Deal right fielder to score Caleb Comer and Robert Ybarra for the tying and winning runs in a 4-3 walk-off win over the Lions.

The come-from-behind victory gave the Bearcats a one game to none lead in their Region I-2A semifinal series, putting them one win away from a spot in the region championship. 

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GAME STORY: Hawley edges Albany 3-2, takes district lead

ALBANY — A troublesome first inning and a late unearned run were all that separated area rivals Hawley and Albany in Friday’s District 8-2A showdown at AHS. 

Hawley’s Dylan Frazier outdueled Albany’s Ben West in a 3-2 win for the Bearcats, who gradually built a 3-0 lead before surviving a seventh-inning rally by the Lions. 

Kolter Willeford with 1 for 2 with a walk, a sacrifice and two RBIs and Robert Ybarra plated two runs to lead Hawley, which managed to pull off the win despite charting only four hits.  

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Big Country Preps Player of the Week: Hamlin’s Sepeda snags the accolade

Big Country Preps Player of the Week isn’t strictly about numbers. 

Sometimes, drama can be the deciding factor. And in that regard, Hamlin’s Jackson Sepeda takes home this week’s Oscar after helping Hamlin to an incredible 21-18 win over heavily favored Wellington — one of the biggest upsets the Big Country has seen in the last decade. 

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New Hawley quarterback Frazier ready to make his mark

Following a four-year starter at quarterback is never easy. Following one responsible for 80 percent his program’s playoff victories is all the more difficult.

Yet that’s the situation Hawley’s Dylan Frazier finds himself in this season.

After waiting his turn behind standout Quay Stokes the past three years, Frazier is poised to take the reins of the Bearcat offense as a senior in 2018. And while he’s aware of the challenge ahead of him, the 6-foot-6, 230-pound Frazier has every intention of leaving his mark.

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Stokes-less Hawley Bearcats expect success in 2018

Quay Stokes’ graduation will no doubt be felt around Hawley this fall, both on the field and in the locker room. But those expecting the Bearcats to take a significant step backward may be setting themselves up for disappointment.

In fact, with six starters back on both sides of the football and a strong set of prospects up front and at the skill positions, Hawley coach Mitch Ables said expectations are as high as they’ve ever been in Bearcat country.

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