By Matt Funderburk ’21
The 5-0 Mound Westonka High School football team made mistakes in an away game at Providence Academy on Sept. 29, but good teams find a way to win, and that’s exactly what the White Hawks did. The final score on Friday night was White Hawks 24, Lions 14. However, the box score shows that the game was much closer than the score indicated.
The White Hawks’ run game was shut down for most of the game, so they had to rely on their passing game. Passing the ball proved a winning strategy, as junior quarterback Brandon Hokkanen completed 9 of 11 passes for 213 yards and three touchdowns in one of his best performances of the season. “[Hokkanen] has shown more poise and maturity in the pocket with each and every week,” said White Hawks head coach Nick David.
Another standout player was senior wide receiver Evan Dahl, who hauled in five receptions for 139 yards and had a big 66-yard score in the third quarter to put the White Hawks ahead 17-14. Dahl also had a huge night on defense, intercepting two Providence Academy passes.
“I would say all of our success starts with our offensive line; they’ve been doing a great job opening the holes for our run game and giving great pass protection,” said Dahl.
The White Hawks trailed early, as the Lions completed a touchdown pass in the second quarter to take a 7-0 lead. However, the White Hawks’ offense ignited after a 38-yard made field goal by senior kicker Jonathan Neve. Neve continues to impress, going 3-for-3 in extra points in addition to the field goal.
Hokkanen drove his team down the field and completed a 24-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Sam Dufault to take a 10-7 halftime lead.
The White Hawks trailed again in third quarter until Hokkanen found Dahl for a 66-yard score to lead 17-14 at the end of the third. The White Hawks defense continued dominant play in the fourth quarter. Linebackers sophomore Seth Anderson and junior Krist Kurtz paced the defense with 13 and 12 tackles apiece. Junior tight end Thomas Elliott’s touchdown put the cherry on top of the White Hawks’ big win.
According to Dahl, the team’s goals for the remainder of the season include winning the rest of the regular season games and ending their playoff win drought.
The White Hawks host Minneapolis Southwest (2-3) this Friday, Oct. 6, at 7 p.m. for Homecoming. Come to the game and cheer loudly!
Photos by Dennis Hoogeveen
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