‘Turn out the lights, the party’s over.’
Remember that old favorite cowboy tune? The Swink Lions do, and the Hoehne Farmers, er, cowboys, were the orchestra and the chorus on a blustery homecoming evening at Jasper Butero Field last Friday in the Farmer’s 84-22 victory. Swink’s Trey Redner ran the kickoff 80 yards to pay dirt following a Jacob Yates 55 yard scamper three minutes into the game, and that was about all the real time damage the Lions could muster. Swink’s Brent Ritter rambled for 90 yards for a touchdown late in the third period, followed by another meaningless touchdown jaunt in the last quarter. Meanwhile, the determined Farmers, on a homecoming mission, collected a phenomenal 60 points in the second and third periods. With a plethora of youngsters immigrating from the Farmer bench, the running clock began ticking with seven minutes remaining in the third.
Yep, no doubt about it, the party was long over.
“All our line is responsible for this,” said Jr. Hunter Robbins who recorded seven tackles and two forced fumbles on defense, and galloped for two touchdowns on the other side of the ball. “They blocked and made the job much easier for our backs. And our backs played well. Our line, all of them, did a good job for us. It’s always good to win one. Ya, it was great. Everybody got to play, and it was great for our Homecoming night.”
“We talked about playing hard all week and that’s what they did,” added assistant coach Bob Schafer. “No doubt, they got after it. They played hard.”
Following that Lion kickoff return early in the game, the Hoehne defense was near impeccable. Kyle Kreutzer led the charge with seven tackles, a sack, and a fumble recovery. Jared Smith and Anthony Payne combined for ten tackles, a fumble recovery, and a tackle for a loss. Standout defensive back Jacob Yates chipped in with four tackles and another sack. Everybody got involved. The defenders in red were having some kind of homecoming fun.
“They played hard, but we worked on that all week,” echoed Coach Gabe Dasko. “Now we have next week. We play Kiowa and they’re a good team. But tonight was good. Our line played well throughout. They stayed with them on their blocks. We made some mistakes, missing two fourth downs and turning the ball over, but they overcame that. I was impressed with our young kids. They played with a lot of hustle.”
Offensively, the Farmers were unstoppable. Yates rushed for 121 yards, Trystan Moltrer contributed 52, and Jesse Solano and Robins added 34 and 33 yards respectively. Senior Jacob Elsberry was spectacular with 145 yards on kickoff returns. Quarterback Tyson Montoya was successful on five of nine passes for 61 more.
“Our kids physically popped them tonight,” said assistant coach Mike Dasko. “If we continue to play with that kind of intensity, we’ll be alright. They blocked really well up front and the backers played hard. Our line opened some big holes to run through. They definitely played well and with a lot of physicality. Effort goes a long way in this game.”
The Farmers (3-0, 4-2), firing on all eight cylinders against the Lions, will sojourn to battle a formidable Kiowa team for yet another crucial Southern League game on Friday. Kickoff is slated for 7:00 p.m.
Hoehne 7 36 24 16 – 84
Swink 8 6 0 8 - 22