The Hills-Beaver Creek Patriots wrapped up the 2013 football season Saturday in Graceville.
Taking on defending state champion Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley in the Section 3 Nine-Man Football semifinals in Graceville, the Patriots came up on the receiving end of a 62-16 beating issued by the Wolverines.
Zak Adelman and Jason Montonye ran for three touchdowns each and Damen Gibson added two rushing touchdowns each to lead the Wolverines to their 10th victory of the season.
C-G-B rolled to a 44-8 lead in the game’s first half and outscored the Patriots 18-8 in the third quarter to complete its 46-point win.
“We were just overmatched,” admitted H-BC coach Rex Metzger.
“They were the better team. They have size and speed and we didn’t have any answers when it came to stopping them.”
The Wolverines scored the first 44 points of the first half to take control of the contest.
Adelman capped a five-play, 64-yard opening drive with a 26-yard run before carrying in the ensuing two-point conversion to make it an 8-0 game early in the contest.
Montonye raced 67 yards for a touchdown to cap C-G-B’s second offensive possession and a 17-yard touchdown run before carrying in the ensuing two-point conversion to make it a 22-0 game before the first period was complete.
The Wolverines upped their lead to 44-0 by scoring the first 22 points of the second quarter.
After stopping H-BC on downs on their own 34-yard line, the Wolverines put together a 66-yard drive end with a 35-yard run by Gibson to make it 28-0.
Adelman picked off a pass and returned it 45 yards for a touchdown before carrying in the two-point conversion to up C-G-B’s lead to 36 points.
H-BC lost the ball on downs on the Wolverines’ 30-yard line as the second quarter progressed, setting up a 70-yard drive that ended with Adelman racing 46 yards for a touchdown and Gibson running in the conversion to make it 44-0.
H-BC ended C-G-B’s 44-point run with an impressive drive late in the first half.
The Patriots moved the ball 70 yards in 11 plays with senior quarterback Dylan Gehrke capping the drive with a one-yard run with less than one minute remaining in the second quarter.
Gehrke tossed a successful conversion pass to Cooper Vaughn after the touchdown to end the first-half scoring.
Any hope for an H-BC rally in the second half were dashed on the first play of the third quarter, when Adelman dashed 73 yards for a touchdown to make it 50-8.
Montonye upped the lead to 56-8 when he raced 49 yards for a touchdown during the second play of C-G-B’s second possession of the third quarter.
H-BC countered with a three-yard touchdown run by Caleb Vis that was set up a 72-yard pass from Gehrke to Vaughn.
Vis toted in the two-point conversion to make it a 56-16 difference.
Gibson completed the scoring with a 31-yard touchdown run before the third quarter was complete.
H-BC ends the season with a 6-4 record.
H-BC: 59 rushing yards, 206 passing yards, 265 total yards, 10 first downs, four penalties for 20 yards, three turnovers.
C-G-B: 563 rushing yards, zero passing yards, 563 total yards, six first downs, five penalties for 45 yards, zero turnovers.
Rushing: C.Vis 11-19, Gehrke 7-3, Braden Ellingson 2-11, Isaiah Vis 3-26.
Passing: Gehrke 17-32 for 206 yards.
Receiving: Caey Taubert 4-32, Ellingson 9-71, Isaac Tilstra 2-4, Vaughn 2-99.
Defense: Ellingson eight tackles, Gehrke two tackles, Drew Forshey two tackles, Tilstra three tackles, C.Vis six tackles, Stuart Plimpton three tackles, Isaiah Wagenaar five tackles and one sack, Noah Holthaus six tackles, Dalton Klarenbeek six tackles, Jeff Nelson five tackles, Taubvert two tackles.