Eagles roll through first round of playoffs with 42-20 victory

Brayden Leerar runs in a two-point conversion in Hinton on Friday.
Curran McLaughlin | The Leader

Tate Hagen searches for a hole to run through in West Hanock's game against Hinton on Friday. 

Curran McLaughlin | The Leader

            Defensive coordinator Mark Sanger walked with some urgency in his step towards the West Hancock school bus.

            Every player was waiting inside.

            Sanger pulls himself up the couple of stairs and cries out to the team.

            They all respond, roaring in unison.

            The bus begins to shake as they celebrate.

            West Hancock is one step closer to the UNI-Dome.

            Three big interceptions in the second half propelled West Hancock over Hinton on the road on Friday night.

            The Eagles traveled three hours to face the Blackhawks for the first round of the Class A Playoffs that evening.

            The game resembled a shootout at times, but West Hancock’s defense was ultimately too much to overcome as they stormed away with a 42-20 victory.

            West Hancock rolled with it’s typical run-heavy style with great success, keeping drives alive and finding the endzone.

            By halftime the Eagles scored 22 points, including a Tate Hagen touchdown set up by a 32-yard bubble screen to Caleb Eckels. 

Read the complete story in the Oct. 31 Leader.