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Powerhouse Wall Poised for State Run?

San Angelo Standard-Times

photo: San Angelo Standard-Times

Hawks Working on 12th Straight 11+ Win Season

Mystique (n): An aura of mystery or mystical power surrounding a particular occupation or pursuit.

This definition explains the driving force in what is compelling me to spend this Friday evening in Tom Green County, Wall Texas to be exact. The Wall Hawks took on 4A Region 1 powerhouse Monahans in week one. I awoke the next Saturday morning to crack open the paper and read through the AP scores and what I saw - Wall 50 Monahans 13 - almost sent my morning coffee shooting out of my mouth and on to the kitchen table.

“50-13, how can this be, this must be a mistake!,” I thought.

I verified the score on Lone Star Gridirons’ scoreboard post and that aura of mystique dressed in green started creeping in to my head.

Week one’s win over Monahans saw Wall’s Flex Bone offense rack up 491 yards on the ground. Quarterback Brock Rosenquist ran for 132 yards and two touchdowns on 16 keepers. Not to be outdone, Casey Braden ran for 197 yards on 10 touches while Tymber Carr ran for 94 yards on just two carries.

Before throwing all my chips in on the Wall Hawks, I talked myself in to waiting another week, where Wall was to travel to Cisco to play the 3A Juggernaut Loboes. The Hawks came away with a 21-3 win over Cisco.

Week two saw more of the same from the Wall offense as Rosenquist ran for 73 yards, Braden for 84 and Carr for another 54 yards, in their 21-3 win over the state Ranked Cisco Loboes. That offense is great and almost unstoppable. It is demoralizing to an opposing defense. You know its coming, you just can’t stop it.

However, the Hawk defense has only given up 16 points in two games against two heavy hitting teams. Linebackers Sterling Guy, Lucas Garcia, and defensive back Drake Hollifield have had a big hand in the defense’s dominance as the three have 42 tackles between them.

Friday evening Wall will play host to the 2-0 Lago Vista Vikings who have wins over Comfort (30-14) and Brady (28-12. )

This seems like the perfect opportunity to grab my Sideline 2 Sideline co-host Terry Bennett and head to San Angelo before the game where we just might dine on KC Strips and onion rings at one of Angelo’s famed steak houses. After putting ourselves in that meat coma, we may have to ask assistance in getting from the parking lot to the sideline. Any Wall residents want to volunteer?

Regardless of our struggles, we expect to see another great performance as I push all the chips on the line for the Wall Hawks to reach their second state championship game!

by Grant Goodwin

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