ASHLAND -- The Hartley High School football team’s weekly game plan of dictating play with its running game had a banner night during a 21-7 victory over Pemberville Eastwood on Saturday, Nov. 12, at Ashland.
On the game’s opening drive, the Hawks took more than four minutes off the clock and went 80 yards to take a 7-0 lead on a 2-yard run by Marcellus Calhoun.
The Hawks continued the trend during the game’s final possession after they took over at their own 2 with 7 minutes, 27 seconds remaining. On a Ja’Wuan Woodley run, Hartley converted on fourth-and-1 from its 11 with 5:30 to go and added three first downs to run out the clock.
The Hawks advanced to the Division IV, Region 14 final Saturday, Nov. 19, against Kenton at a site to be determined.
Eastwood, which hadn’t been held under 25 points in any previous game, finished 11-1.
The Hawks, who improved to 11-0, have scored first in each game.
“We knew they were going to be a tough team, and we knew we needed to go as hard as them,” Hartley senior tight end and linebacker Jacob Matuska said. “Our line might not be the biggest, but we know how tough we are. We’ve just got to stick to our technique because our guys know what to do.”
Brent Wahle made a 29-yard field goal on the opening play of the second quarter to give Hartley a 10-0 lead. An 8-yard touchdown run by Eastwood’s Zach Conkle cut it to 10-7 later in the second quarter, and Wahle added a 22-yard field goal on the final play of the first half to make it 13-7.
Hartley went 71 yards in 14 plays to score the game’s final touchdown, a 4-yard run by Woodley with 3:13 left in the third quarter.
Woodley rushed for 120 yards, and Calhoun (87 yards) and Jarrod Zang (71 yards) also were key contributors.
Eastwood turned it over on downs at the Hartley 2 with 7:27 remaining after Conkle was stopped a yard short on fourth-and-4 from the 5.
“To win big games you’ve got to take chances, and we thought we’d be a lot better to let (Woodley) win the game,” Hawks coach Brad Burchfield said. “Obviously our offensive line and running backs did a tremendous job.”
EASTWOOD 0 7 0 0 -- 7
HARTLEY 7 6 8 0 -- 21
H--Calhoun 2 run (Wahle kick)
H--Wahle 29 FG
E--Conkle 8 run (Snowden kick)
H--Wahle 22 FG
H--Woodley 4 run (Matuska pass from Brandewie)