Blackhawks fall to Skyline in second round of districts

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By MIKE BURRIS

The Adrian Blackhawk football season came to an end last Wednesday with a 48-21 loss to the Skyline Tigers.  Adrian came out of the gates fired up and even took an early lead on a Rian Lewis interception return that set-up an eventual one yard touchdown run by Logan Tallman. Two touchdown runs for Skyline gave the host Tigers a lead they would not relinquish.

Skyline would score six touchdowns before Adrian found paydirt a second time.  Austin Pitts had two passing touchdowns, one to Rian Lewis and the other to Sawyer Highley.   Both would come late in the game but not enough time to overcome the deficit.

Adrian’s season ends on a sad note but should not be looked upon sadly.  Instead, it was a triumph for a team drubbed in it’s first two games of the year having failed to score a single point. They turned the season around with a shutout victory over the Cass Midway Vikings and went 7-2 after that horrid start. One of their victories was revenge for an earlier loss to the Osceola Indians. That victory was doubly sweet as it ended a three year skid against Osceola and extended the Blackhawks season another week while the Indians went home dejected. Few would have believed the season would include seven wins and one playoff victory given the start of the season.  It is a testament to the heart and chemistry of a team that never gave up and refused to let the start of the season dictate how it would end.

Coach Bruto commented on the game and season, “We played hard, but we were unable to stay with them. They are a good team with a balance of both the run and the pass. We had a good year with a 7-4 record. The kids worked very hard all year and made themselves better as the year progressed. Thank you to the parents and the fans for your support this year.”

Pictured: Logan Tallman carries the ball for the Blackhawks during play against Skyline last Wednesday night.

photo by Bobbie Pitts