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Final game for '09 Hancock football team

By Matt Hone

On Tuesday, Oct. 27 the Hancock Owls traveled to Edgerton to take on the Edgerton/Ellsworth Flying Dutchmen in section quarter final play off action on Oct. 27

The Owls fell 48-6, bringing the 2009 season to an end.

The Owls got the game off to a bold and emotional start when they stopped Edgerton's first drive. Wade Feuchtenberger recovered a fumble on the Owls' 26 yard line. The very next play, Cory Schroeder completed a 74- yard touchdown pass to Brendon Foss. The 2-point conversion failed, but the Owls enjoyed the lead at 6-0.

The Owls defense would stifle the Dutchmen on the next possession. A bad snap led to Shem Baker hitting Edgerton for a 12 yard loss. Edgerton punted to the Owls. Hancock experienced its first turnover of the night on the next possession. Edgerton took possession after recovering a fumble on the Owls 33 yard line. The Dutchmen took the opportunity and scored on the drive. A 5 yard touchdown by Edgerton and a successful 2-point conversion moved the score to 8-6.

The Owls began the second quarter by driving down the field using a combination of passes. Hancock failed to score due to an interception at the Edgerton 10 yard line. Edgerton marched the ball down the field, bu tturned the ball over. Brendon Foss and the Owls recovered a fumble on their own 15 yard line.

The Owls were once again able to move the ball but couldn't score as they turned over the ball on downs at their own 49 yard line. The Dutchmen pushed the ball down to the Owl 35 yard line when they turned the ball over on downs. The Hancock offense went on the attack again, moving down the field, only to see the drive end with an interception on the Dutchmen 30 yard line.

Edgerton put together a scoring drive. The drive was capped on a 10 yard touchdown run, after the two point conversion failed the score was 14-6 . The Owls had 48 seconds left in the half to mount one more drive. The Owls two-minute offense moved down to the Edgerton 15 yard line, but couldn't score as time expired in the half.

The Owls got the ball first to start the second half. Hancock was held to a punt, giving the momentum to Edgerton/ Ellsworth. The Dutchmen opened the half with a 34 yard touchdown run. The 2-point conversion failed, and Edgerton was now ahead 20-6. Both Hancock and Edgerton turned the ball over on downs in their next possessions. The next big break went to the Dutchmen. The Owls threw an interception that Edgerton returned 22 yards for a touchdown. The 2-point conversion failed, but the score was stretched to 26-6.

The third quarter quickly began to spell disaster for Hancock. The Owls fumbled the next kickoff return allowing Edgerton to take control deep in Hancock territory. The Owls called time out to get reorganized, but Edgerton completed a 30- yard touchdown pass on the next play. A successful 2-point conversion and the Dutchmen led 34-6. Edgerton put the Owls in a deeper hole with an 25-yard interception return for a TD on the next Owls drive. The 2-point conversion now had Edgerton/ Ellsworth in control of the game. The scoring settled down for the rest of the quarter, but not the turnovers. The Dutchmen intercepted one more pass to take control on the Hancock 46-yard line as the third quarter came to an end.

Edgerton was forced to turn the ball over on downs as the fourth quarter began. Hancock was unable to rally. Hancock committed the last of their turnovers on an interception. Edgerton took over on the Owls 25 yard line. The Dutchmen got the final score of the game on a 25 yard touchdown run. The 2-point conversion failed and the score was 48-6. The Owls had one last drive to try and score, but ultimately, time and the season, expired on the Hancock Owls.

"I felt our defense needed to slow them down and we needed to cut down on turnovers to win," Owls coach Matt Hone said. "The third quarter gave the Flying Dutchmen the advantage and we couldn't recover."

It was the final game for several Owls seniors: Jake Ascheman, Brendon Foss, Cory Schroeder, Drew Schmidgall, Wade Feuchtenberger, Rosendo Lopez, Jason Schaefer, and Shem Baker. The Owls finish the season 1-8 overall and 1-4 in the conference.