Holton captures first ever district crown
Holton 34 Decatur 7
When you end your season with three losses and make the playoffs it might seem like you entered the fray through the back door. And then when you move to the next level with a one point win maybe you found a side door to slip in.
Well, on Friday the Red Devils crashed their way through the front door main entrance on their way to entering regional play for the first time in school history. Riding a rising tide of confidence this team turned a two touchdown lead at the half into a rout as their crushing line play dominated on both sides of the ball.
Coach Jack Nummerdor: “District Champs! What a great thing for these kids. Going from not knowing we are in to District Champs and hosting next week. Our staff could not be more proud for the kids and community. Aaron and Derek did a great job of running hard. The offensive and defensive lines took full control again tonight. Ricky Enders has had a great two weeks. The entire team earned this, from the freshmen we have pulled up through the seniors! The boys had great focus tonight and we are beyond happy to keep playing.”
Aaron Herron piled up 158 rushing yards and in the process found the endzone 3 times. Derek Pouch added 128 yards to the ground game with a touchdown and Drew Trygstad also found paydirt for the Devils when he busted one in from short yardage.
Enders continued his inspired play with a pair of interceptions a fumble recovery and a half dozen tackles. Johnny Dominish led the team in tackles with 8 while Draven Wyant and Nathan Slowik each forced a fumble with Slowik adding an interception to his defensive stats.
Oh, and a word about the Holton community
The folks in this area have truly embraced this team. The support shown has been unwavering from the beginning and this coming week they will be rewarded with a chance to see their Red Devils play without making a drive south while following the team bus. As Coach Nummerdor reported, the game is to be a home contest.
Hosting the upcoming game was a long shot at the start of the playoffs. Obviously the team had to win a pair to advance but because home games are determined by playoff points accumulated through the season and only two schools in district play had lower totals than the Devils it seemed unlikely at best that football would be played in Holton during November.
But one of those schools was Mendon and on Friday night the Hornets stung the team from Athens to continue playing while delivering a home game to the Red Devils and their legion of fans.
So, while there might be another sendoff this week the ride to the game will be a short one.
The boys are staying home.