That’s more like it!
New Hampton took a big stride between Week 1 and Week 2.
The Chickasaws took an even bigger one between Week 2 and Week 3 as they used a potent ground game, a couple of big passing plays, an opportunistic defense and a big special teams play to beat Oelwein 50-20 in New Hampton’s final non-district game of the season.
“The district games are obviously what we’re pointing to, but at the same time, I think the boys needed a win, just to give them that positive reinforcement that their hard work is paying off,” New Hampton coach Scott Frerichs said. “We just did a lot of things well, starting with running the football the way we want to.”
New Hampton opened the season with a 42-14 loss to MFL-Mar-Mac, and although the Chickasaws were much more physical in the second week, they still came up short in a 14-8 loss to Charles City.
But Friday night, the Chickasaws took control from the start - opening the game with a 72-yard, eight-play drive that was capped by a 5-yard scoring run from sophomore Braden McShane, who had himself a monster night - running for 214 yards on 22 carries.
Early on, Oelwein had no answer for the New Hampton option, which more often than not ended with McShane picking up big chunks of yardage after taking the pitch from quarterback Mason Lane.
“We got the ball out there, and like every time, Drake [Wemark] got a block for me and I just ran,” McShane said. “Between our line and those blocks from Drake, I had a ton of room tonight.”
— For more on this story, see the Sept. 14 Tribune