The Hartley High School football team rushed for 413 yards on 55 carries on its way to a 34-16 win over visiting Ironton on Friday, Oct. 14.
The Hawks had three running backs rush for 120 yards or more. Marcellus Calhoun led the way with 147 yards and two touchdowns on 11 carries. JaWaun Woodley had 125 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries, and Jarrod Zang rushed 21 times for 120 yards.
Hartley attempted only two passes, one each half.
“We have so many backs, it really keeps defenses off balance,” Woodley said. “They can’t just focus on one player. They have to focus on all of us.”
The Hawks improved to 7-0 and defeated Ironton for the second year in a row. Hartley defeated the Tigers 26-20 in a regional final last season on its way to the Division IV state title.
“We are a diverse team,” Zang said. “We’ve had nights like this before. The offensive line blocks so well.”
Hartley had 235 yards rushing on 30 carries in the first half. Calhoun scored on a 22-yard run on fourth-and-2 late in the first quarter, and Brent Wahle kicked a 29-yard field goal with 9 minutes, 1 second remaining in the second quarter to give the Hawks a 10-0 lead.
After Ironton cut its deficit to 10-8, Woodley scored on a 1-yard run to make it 17-8.
Hartley’s defense then recovered a fumbled pitch by Ironton quarterback Tyler Kratzenberg at the Tigers’ 23-yard line with a minute left in the first half, but the Hawks were unable to increase their lead before halftime, as Woodley was stopped at the 1-yard line as time expired.
“Our defense did a good job and matched the tough, physical play of Ironton,” Hartley coach Brad Burchfield said. “Offensively, we took what their defense gave us.”
Hartley scored touchdowns on its first two possessions of the second half, with Woodley scoring on a 31-yard run and Calhoun scoring on a 9-yard run, and the Hawks led 31-16 after the third quarter.
Wahle added a 19-yard field goal in the fourth quarter.
Hartley’s defense intercepted Kratzenberg twice and limited the Tigers to 234 total yards.
Ironton, which dropped to 4-4, was led by running back Dion Brown, who had eight carries for 70 yards and scored two touchdowns, and running back Trevor White, who had 13 carries for 67 yards.
“We’ve been focused on this game and thinking about this game all summer,” Woodley said. “It was a big game for us.”
IRONTON 0 8 8 0 -- 16
HARTLEY 7 10 14 3 – 34
H--Calhoun 22 run (Wahle kick)
H--Wahle 29 FG
I--Brown 35 run (White run)
H--Woodley 1 run (Wahle kick)
H--Woodley 31 run (Matuska pass from Brandewie)
I--Brown 36 pass from Kratzenberg (White run)
H--Calhoun 12 run (run failed)
H--Wahle 19 FG