08-30-2018 Tri-City Area Sports

Hartford Football rushes through Gobles!

The time of year sports fans have all been waiting for and it is finally here! It is fall, of course, and with fall comes football season! Fans are not the only ones who were ready for football season; the Hartford Indians were as well.

Second year coach Brad Manning’s team hit the field last Thursday night to kickoff the 2018 High School Football season and they did so dominantly, as the Indians gave the old “Goose Egg” to the Gobles Tigers. The Indians beat the Tigers 33-0 in the first match of the season, and what better way to start it off!?

TOPSY-TURVEY… It was Hartford’s Evan Delarosa who came up big Thursday, August 23 in the Indians’ season opener at home. He caught a long ball from quarterback Aaron Sinclair for the team’s first pick six of the game. Hartford blanked Gobles 34-0. (TCR photo by Kristy Noack)

The Indians were taken under center by sophomore quarterback Aaron Sinclair in his first varsity start, but he looked like a seasoned veteran. Sinclair passed for 111 yards and one touchdown, but the most impressive stat on the night came on the ground as Sinclair rushed for 90 yards on nine attempts and had a touchdown as well.

Moses Beraza was also unstoppable for the Indians rushing for 140 yards on 31 carries and three touchdowns. James Gideon rushed for 18 yards, Inetus Dixon added 15 yards and Chris Palmer added in three yards to complete the dominating effort on the ground.

Sinclair had 111 yards through the air and found Moses Beraza, Joe Beebe and Evan Delarosa each one time while Beebe brought in the lone receiving touchdown. Evan Parker had five tackles in the trenches and Ricky Baker chipped in a happy five as well.

Some of the most exciting moments on the night were when Kyle Manning snagged not one, but two interceptions! The whole Indians’ defense was phenomenal, holding the Gobles Tigers to just 148 yards total on the night.

Coach Manning said before the season started that his team was going to be young and there would be some guys who had to step up, but they would be very fast and fun to watch. That was proven to be true Thursday night. Want to see this team in action? Check them out on the road tonight, August 30 at 7:00 p.m. at Bangor High School.

Watervliet wins 4th straight season opener

The Panthers opened up their 2018 football season at home Friday night as they beat former SAC rival Lawton, 50-28. Watervliet has only five returning starters this season, so there were a lot of questions coming in to game one. Senior gunslinger Garrett Matthews answered those questions very early in his first career start. Matthews found success on TD passes of 58, 77, 78, and eight yards all in the first quarter.

Senior receiver Jakob Aldrich was on the other end of three of those tosses, while senior receiver Kris Lenox grabbed the fourth.

The Panther offense added two more touchdowns in the first half. One was brought in by senior wideout Tristan Schultz and Matthews found his way in to the end zone as well. They went into the locker room up 42-14.