The Hartley High School football team proved Nov. 9 in a Division IV, Region 14 semifinal at Ohio Wesleyan that it isn’t one dimensional in its ability to dominate opponents.
Playing fourth-seeded and previously undefeated North Union at Selby Stadium, the top-seeded Hawks intercepted five passes and put on a rare aerial display during a 43-0 victory that moved them into their third consecutive regional final.
Hartley, which was a regional runner-up a year ago, improved to 12-0 and plays Ottawa-Glandorf or Genoa Area on Nov. 16 at a site to be announced. North Union finished 11-1.
“We had five interceptions and we were able to control things offensively, defensively and on special teams,” Hawks coach Brad Burchfield said. “We wanted them to have to defend every single snap.”
Hartley showed early that it might dig deeper into a playbook that previously had yielded just 69 passing plays.
Quarterback Jared Brandewie hit Marcellus Calhoun for a 22-yard touchdown in the first quarter. He added touchdown passes of 18 yards to Dominique Scott in the second quarter and 28 yards to Ja’Wuan Woodley in the third quarter.
Woodley ran for a 2-yard score to give his team a 14-0 first-quarter lead.
Woodley's touchdown run was set up by a 46-yard pass by Woodley to Jacob Matuska on a fake punt.
Hartley led 21-0 by halftime and scored the first of its three third-quarter touchdowns on a 9-yard run by Sam Mackowiak.
The Hawks’ final score came on a 67-yard interception return by Trevonn Brown in the third quarter.
Brown had two interceptions, and Alonzo Saxton, Matuska and Yonatan Belayneh grabbed one apiece.
Woodley rushed for 77 yards on 18 carries and Calhoun added 45 yards on seven rushes.
“We just took what our coaches gave us all week and just executed,” said Brown, who had one previous interception this season. “I just saw my teammates blocking for me and it just opened up (on the touchdown). It feels great.”
H--Calhoun 22 pass from Brandewie (Barringer kick)
H--Woodley 2 run (Barringer kick)
H--Scott 18 pass from Brandewie (Barringer kick)
H--Mackowiak 9 run (Heinmiller run)
H--Woodley 28 pass from Brandewie (Barringer kick)
H--Brown 67 interception return (Barringer kick)