It marked the first time the teams had played since 1988, but the Hartley High School football team expressed plenty of emotion Sept. 20 after beating visiting St. Charles 20-7.
A running game that produced 325 yards and a defense that caused three turnovers helped the Hawks improve to 3-1 while the Cardinals fell to 2-2 after the non-league game between CCL teams.
“It’s been 25 years since we played them, but we’ve gone to grade school with multiple numbers of them,” junior linebacker Jack Zang said. “It’s great for the CCL. It was a good physical game. It’s what CCL football is all about.”
Running back Sam Mackowiak rushed 33 times for 154 yards and a touchdown, while quarterback Jared Brandewie was 6-for-9 passing for 76 yards with one score and added 104 yards rushing on 19 carries to lead the Hawks.
In the third quarter, St. Charles had the ball for three plays from scrimmage as Hawks kicker Collin Barringer made field goals of 31 and 33 yards.
Hartley limited the Cardinals to 122 yards of offense, with the Hawks’ biggest defensive play coming midway through the final quarter.
Despite leading 20-7, Hartley went for it on fourth-and-6 from its own 39 but was stopped 3 yards short.
St. Charles got a 14-yard run by Michael Hamrock to move to the Hartley 28 but turned it over on the next play. With 6 minutes, 18 seconds left, Zang recovered a fumbled exchange by St. Charles at the Hartley 37-yard line.
“They put up 34 and 48 points the last two weeks, so holding them to seven points (was an accomplishment),” Hartley coach Brad Burchfield said. “I felt like it was a whole team effort.”
Hartley took a 6-0 lead with 5:56 left in the opening quarter when Brandewie hit Jacob Mercier for a 31-yard touchdown. Barringer’s extra-point try was blocked.
St. Charles made it 7-6 with 4:19 to go in the first quarter when John Quinn ran for a 2-yard touchdown. The score was set up by a 44-yard reverse by NiQuille Bell.
The Hawks responded as Mackowiak ran for a 2-yard touchdown with 10:30 to go in the second quarter and ran for the two-point conversion to make it 14-7.
“Hartley’s got a great team,” St. Charles coach Jeff Pharion. “That being said, I don’t think we played to our potential.”
H -- Mercier 31 pass from Brandewie (kick blocked)
SC -- Quinn 2 run (Groeber kick)
H -- Mackowiak 2 run (Mackowiak run)
H -- Barringer 31 FG
H -- Barringer 33 FG