This story was written by Hillsboro junior, Emily Hoese
The Hawks rolled into Bonne Terre Friday evening, looking to be the spoilers of North County’s Homecoming. Instead, the game was reminiscent of the brawl between Rocky Balboa and Apollo Creed in the original Rocky. When the turf beads finally settled after triple overtime, the Raiders were the victors, 42-36.
The scoring began with 8:04 left in the first quarter as Hawk QB, Austin Perez scampered 21 yards to the endzone. The two point conversion was good. and the Hawks were up 8-0. Later, Perez would sum up the game by saying, “We had good effort and physically fought hard, but a few things didn’t go our way.”
The Raiders quickly tied the game with 7:15 left in the first on a 64 yard run, but this did not last long ,however, as freshman Jaxin Patterson blasted through the line, taking the ball 60 yards to the house with 5:44 still left in the first quarter. North County shut down the Hawks 2 point conversion attempt, and the Hawks led, 14-8.
Patterson put another one in the end zone in the second quarter on a 33 yard run. The two point conversion by Perez was successful. With 7:09 left in the second, the score was 22-8. But before the end of the quarter, the Raiders crossed the goal line again, and with a successful two point conversion, the first half ended with the Hawks up 22-16.
After the back and forth blows of the first half, the third quarter opened up much quieter. Neither team moved the ball with any success until seven minutes into the third. With 4:59 showing on the clock, the Raiders punched one in from the six. The Hawks turned away the two point conversion, and the score was tied. 22-22.
The fourth quarter began just as the third. With 5:16 left in the game, it was the Jaxin Patterson show again. Patterson rolled 24 yards into the endzone to put the Hawks back on top. Perez was successful on the two point conversion, and the Hawks were up, 30-22. It looked as if the Hawks had a good chance of being the Homecoming spoilers until there was 1:30 to go, and the Raiders scored on a 32 yard run. The two point conversion was good, and the score was tied again, 30-30. The game was heading into overtime.
Neither team scored in the first overtime. However, Patterson would get the call again on a 25 yard touchdown run that opened the second OT. The two point conversion was denied, so the Hawks led 36-30. The Raiders responded with a TD of their own with no conversion, tying the score at 36 and pushing the game into the third overtime.
The Hawks were four and out on their attempt, keeping the score tied. Then North County was able to put the game away on an 18 yard run, thus securing their Homecoming victory, 42-36.
Some of the individual standouts for the Hawks were on offense, Patterson rolled up 241 yards rushing with four touchdowns. On defense, John Moseley and Tyler Watson led the way. Moseley was in on nine tackles (four solo, five assists), while Watson had eight (seven solo, one assist), along with an interception. The Hawks defense had seven tackles for losses.
The Hawks will be hosting cross town rival DeSoto Dragons this Friday at 7p.m. for their homecoming.