Hawks on Learning Curve in 13-6 Loss to Blanco
Hawks have started their learning curve in a loss to Blanco on Friday at Hawk Stadium, 13-6.
Classes started this week at Canyon Lake and for those students that put on pads had to learn some hard lessons on Friday night and will certainly be doing some homework as they now prepare for Somerset next week.
“This was a typical game with Blanco,” Head Coach Charles Drum started. “The last time this happened in 2010 we went two rounds into the playoffs…and that is what we told the boys.”
“Our tackling could improve but the good news is that all these mistakes are fixable and Blanco deserved the game and they scored more points than we did.”
The 215 yards of offense was two yards shy of their first game with Blanco back in 2008 and as a whole the Hawks have not burned the Panthers offensively even during those high octane years.
Offense Blanco Games Rushing Passing Total Yds All-Time Rank Game Score 2010 129 60 189 39th Hawks Lost 12-7 2013 155 60 215 37th Hawks Lost 13-6 2008 4 213 217 36th Hawks Lost 63-0 2011 202 104 306 28th Hawks Won 14-7 2012 179 172 351 22nd Hawks Won 26-21 2009 81 292 373 21st Hawks Won 21-14
This will show that Canyon Lake does not have a great history of getting out of the gate very well and will also give some hope that things certainly can improve.
Add to this, trying to install a new offense, and you could deduce that this result might have been predictable.
Defense Blanco Games Rushing Passing Total Yards All-Time Rank 2012 148 73 221 6th 2009 161 65 226 7th 2011 149 103 252 11th 2013 204 61 265 13th 2010 193 147 340 22nd 2008 512 38 550 45th
Blanco has averaged 309 yards per game but only two games have been over 300 yards so that part of this game will help as the offense tries to get in gear as this season continues.
Senior McGuire Johnson was active on both sides of the ball, but defensively he made his presence felt for a lot of Panthers.
“We are young,” Linebacker Johnson tackled. “I’m considering this to be a learning experience and we’ve got to learn and practice like we play….We just have to keep our heads up and now Blanco is out of the picture and Somerset is next as we will take it game by game.”
The Hawks did allow a first drive for Blanco of 73 yards and an opening score as a costly off sides penalty negated a six yard loss on a fumble play and gave the Panthers a first down and five instead of looking at a second down and 16 yards for a first.
That play also happened deep in the Hawks territory as Blanco scored on their next play from 14 yards out.
CL showed promise on their first possession after the Panther score driving from their 30 yard line to the Blanco 35 but a delay penalty changed a third and five to a third and 10 and once again helped stall a good chance to respond after that Blanco touchdown.
That drive also turned out to be the longest of the night with 11 plays being called on the field.
The Hawks scored what turned out to their only touchdown in the second quarter after Cody Simmons recovered a fumble on Blanco’s 30 yard line which helped thwart a chance for the Panthers to increase their lead.
A razzle/dazzle Nick Cahill run for 46 yards helped get some much needed momentum and five plays later Skyler Tschoepe found an open Christian Dittman in the end zone and bringing the Hawks within one point for a tie.
Ian Acosta was off on the pat try and as this game would prove, Canyon Lake’s last chance to scare the goal line.
Second half was not very productive as the Hawks could only muster 68 yards of offense and two first downs.
Not being able to sustain drives is not a good situation for a predominantly running team and those pesky five yard penalties acted like 15 yards as Canyon Lake never seemed to get out of their funk.
“This is a very different speed and a whole different game,” Quarterback Tschoepe said. “This loss will take care of itself and will drive us. With this being my first game we are still getting used to each other.
“There are some external factors and things that are distractions and getting used to that on the field is important,” Tschoepe closed. “This result is not what we wanted but we will practice and learn a lot.”
CL did have a couple of chances late in the fourth to get back into this game but a sack for five yards put water on one drive while the Hawks just did not get many open runs against the Panthers.
A learning curve will have to commence quickly as Canyon Lake’s next test will not be an open book exam and a better result will be needed.
“We will be alright,” Coach Drum beat. “We had 15 or 16 new starters and they will improve…I’m disappointed but we will get better.”
1 2 3 4 Final Blanco 7 0 0 6 13 CL Hawks 0 6 0 0 06 Scoring Summary BH--Logan Dodd 14 yard run (Aikman Elrod kick), 8:24, 1st CL--Christian Dittman 11 yd pass from Skyler Tschoepe (pat failed), 7:17, 2nd BH--Colton Elrod 5 yd pass from McKay Adamson (pat failed), 9:43, 4th
Game Stats Panthers Hawks Total Yards 265 215 First Downs 15 11 Rushes/Yards 40/204 34/155 Comp/Att/Int 5/8/1 4/14/1 Passing Yards 61 60 Punts/Ave 3/35.0 4/31.5 Fumbles/Lost 3/2 0/0 Penalties-Yards 1-10 5-25 TOP 26:28 21:32
Passing Comp Att Pct Yards TD Int Skyler Tschoepe 4 14 .286 60 1 1
Rushing Att Yds Ave Lg TD Josh DeVries 13 50 3.8 12 0 Nick Cahill 1 48 48.0 48 0 McGuire Johnson 6 34 5.7 23 0 Hayden DuBois 6 19 3.2 5 0 Robert Woods 1 5 5.0 5 0 J.J. Nance 1 2 2.0 2 0 Christian Dittman 1 -1 0.0 0 0 Skyler Tschoepe 4 -2 0.0 2 0
Receiving No Yds Ave Lg TD Josh DeVries 3 49 16.3 32 0 Christian Dittman 1 11 11.0 11 1