by Becca Neuger
Members of the White Hawks football team walked back through the doors of Mound Westonka High School Tuesday with heads held high. The team kept its undefeated streak alive with a 53-0 shutout win over Spectrum in the first home game Sept. 4.
The White Hawks’ passing game, which head coach Nick David called out as an area of focus for his team last week, was much improved against the Sting. Juniors Brennen Boroughs and Hunter Ellis combined to go seven for 17 for 142 yards and three touchdowns.
“They both did a great job taking what the defense gave them and didn’t try to do too much,” David said.
All three touchdown passes were thrown to different receivers—senior Alex Wells, junior Isaiah Cherrier and junior Ryan Bunker.
“Getting our passing game going will really help take some stress off of our run game this week,” David said.
Cherrier has scored 11 of the 16 White Hawks touchdowns in the first three games, has rushed for 363 yards and is averaging 7.12 yards per carry. According to head coach Nick David, the White Hawks coaching staff limited Cherrier’s carries this week, as he was dealing with a minor hip flexor injury.
Even so, he managed to score three touchdowns on offense (two rushing and one receiving) and also returned an interception for a touchdown.
Senior Alex Wells, junior Ryan Bunker and sophomores Conner Clark and Bobby Sweet each scored their first varsity touchdowns against Spectrum.
Clark and Sweet also had great nights rushing, going for 53 and 58 yards, respectively.
Defensively, the White Hawks played spectacularly as a unit, allowing only 93 total yards while also forcing five turnovers. Senior Joe Duffy and junior Zach Bohn paced the defense with seven tackles apiece, and senior Boe Bailey wreaked havoc in the backfield all night, recording two tackles for loss and forcing two fumbles.
White Hawks fans came out in full force for the first home game of the season.
David said, “Playing under the lights is always a great experience.”
A new digital scoreboard brought a new element of excitement Friday night. “I can’t tell you how much we appreciate everyone’s efforts, especially MWHS Activities Director Jeff Peterson, to ensure that the new scoreboard, along with everything else, was fully functional by game time,” David said. “Scoring 53 points on the new scoreboard was an awesome way to break it in.”
Before the game, the White Hawks honored the memory of long-time Westonka resident Bill Gillespie, who donated the majority of funds for the new scoreboard.
Gillespie was named honorary captain for the game. Additionally, the anchor and founding sponsors of the scoreboard were given special recognition. Through scoreboard advertising, the Gillespie donation will be matched in five years.
The following donors were recognized: Haddorff Family Foundation, Thaler & Pond Arenas, Larson Landscape, West Lakes Dentistry, Waddell & Reed, Blackdog, Scotty B’s Restaurant, Tonka Auto & Marine, Island Park Skelly, Mound Wells Fargo and OSR Physical Therapy.