Missing six of their original starters due to varsity call-ups and injuries, a banged up JV team traveled to Hastings Thursday night, Sept. 27, to fill the hole in the schedule created by the cancellation of the Forest Hills Eastern JV team.
Hastings took the lead early in the contest. Cedar was not able to convert on downs and gave the ball back to Hastings. The Saxons once again marched down the field and increased their lead to 14-0. The Red Hawks quickly responded and put up two scores of their own, taking the lead 16-14 late in the 1st quarter. However, Hastings was able to drive back down the field and upped the score again to 22-16.
On the following drive the Red Hawks were not able to cleanly recover the ball and the Saxons took over in Red Hawks’ territory. Hastings pushed the ball down the field and increased the lead to 30-16. Additional injuries during the game caused the Red Hawks to move players into unfamiliar positions, which did not work out well for the Hawks. Hastings scored a few more times in the game with a final score of 56-16. Despite all of the injuries, the Hawks fought tough until the final buzzer.
“We are pretty beat up right now. Hopefully we get a few more guys healthy before our next game. It is pretty difficult being competitive with only 14 or 15 guys, when some of those guys are playing at positions they’ve never even practiced at before,” said Coach Bowers.
The JV team travels to Northview to continue OK Bronze action on Thursday October 4 and will be back home on October 11 against West Catholic.