West Hancock capitalizes on GHV turnovers to claim Hancock rivalry victory

GHV's Isaac Knutson fights for the ball against West Hancock's Ben Martinez during Friday's game.

Curran McLaughlin | The Leader

GHV's Brock Gouge (68) and Jared Shaw(2) combine to tackle West Hancock's Josef Smith during the Cardinals 48-26 loss to the Eagles.

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            West Hancock football visited Garner-Hayfield-Ventura on Friday for Hancock County’s annual rivalry game.

            The game marks the final installment of the current decade; which GHV had led 7-2 since 2010.

            The Eagles snapped a seven-game losing streak to the Cardinals in a 48-26 victory.

            The two rivals swung back and forth in the first half.

            GHV struck first in the first quarter in a lightning-quick drive.

            Quarterback Landon Dalbeck dropped back on third and ten to find Jared Shaw streaking up the sideline.

            West Hancock’s Kane Zeuhl was on the coverage and converged to break up the pass.

            Both players came into contact with each other as the ball hurled towards its target.

            Shaw bobbled the pass as Zeuhl fell away and then secured the ball as he fell into the end zone.

            Cardinals led 7-0 after the extra-point kick.

            Not to be outdone, the Eagles charged to the Cardinals 44-yard-line on the ensuing kickoff.

            Eagles quarterback Brayden Leerar then connected with Joe Smith for a 44-yard touchdown.

            Smith ran with a fire lit under him as he torched the defensive player covering him, no man could touch him.

            The game sat tied 7-7 after the first quarter. 

Read the complete story in the Sept. 4 Leader.