Consistency is key in Hawks’ victory

Shawano controls both sides of the ball against East
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Leader Photo by Jacy Zollar Junior Roman Purull takes a handoff from Jarrett Laatsch in Shawano Community High School’s 56-21 home victory over Green Bay East on Friday.

Leader Photo by Jacy Zollar Shawano Community High School senior Jarrett Laatsch runs the ball for a touchdown in the Hawks’ 56-21 home win over Green Bay East on Friday.

Shawano came into Friday night’s Bay Conference game against Green Bay East with goals to utilize its run game and to make stops defensively, and the Hawks did just that to trounce the Red Devils, 56-21.

After Shawano’s defense was able to contain Green Bay East (0-3) on the opening drive, Brayden Dickelman scored on an 82-yard run on the Hawks’ first snap.

“We wanted to get out there and start fast, and that’s what we did,” Hawks head coach Alan Tomow said. “It was great to see us play a complete game — offense and defense.”

The Hawks (2-1) controlled the field on both sides of the ball and ran the ball well through all four quarters.

“Part of what we emphasized this week was establishing a run game,” Tomow said. “Our guys up front have been phenomenal in creating lanes and playing with an edge for our runners. And hats off to our defense. We talked about being better against a run, and those guys really stepped up.”

Tomow said he’s zoning in on the run game because of the triple-threat he sees on the roster this season.

“We have a versatile quarterback who is a really good runner and two runners that bring different dimensions,” he said. “Roman (Purull) is shifty and can burst through holes, and Brayden (Dickelman) is a good strider on the edge, so we thought if we can be creative and build a run game around those guys. That’s what we’re going to be built on this year.”

The three players gained 293 yards collectively on 36 carries and scored seven touchdowns, with quarterback Jarrett Laatsch finding the end zone five times. Dickelman led the rushing with 122 yards and one touchdown over six attempts.
Purull was close behind with 100 yards and one touchdown on 13 carries.

“It’s good to know your teammates have your back and they’re going to do everything they can to make sure we score as a team,” Laatsch said. “They’re really doing the work up front for me to get the touchdown.”

The Hawks defense was able to hold the Red Devils to just 65 rushing yards and 238 overall. The Hawks tallied 363 yards.

Despite two consecutive wins, Tomow said the feeling is still new to to the team.

“We’ve been on the other side of the score a lot of times, so to be on this side is unfamiliar to us,” Tomow said. “These kids are still learning how to handle winning. So we really wanted to make sure we played two complete halves and didn’t let our guard down.”

Friday’s victory gives the Hawks hope for next week at Menasha (3-0).

“Menasha has been on top of the league for as long as they’ve been in it,” Tomow said. “They’re one of the better programs in the state. We wanted to play our starters (tonight) all the way through so that we’re better conditioned and hopefully able to come in and compete with those guys.”

Shawano 56, Green Bay East 21

Team 1 2 3 4 F

Shawano 7 28 14 7 56

Green Bay East 0 7 0 14 21

First quarter

S: Brayden Dickelman 82-yard run (PAT good) 7-0 (9:03).

Second quarter

S: Jarrett Laatsch 2-yard run (PAT good) 14-0 (8:28).

S: Roman Purull 6-yard run (PAT good) 21-0 (7:34).

S: Jarrett Laatsch 1-yard run (PAT good) 28-0 (5:55).

S: Jarrett Laatsch 2-yard run (PAT good) 35-0 (3:35).

GBE: Koda Kinjerski 5-yard run (PAT good) 35-7 (:22).

Third quarter

S: Nicholas Grignon 56-yard run (PAT good) 42-7 (10:40).

S: Jarrett Laatsch 4-yard run (PAT good) 49-7 (4:06).

Fourth quarter

GBE: Kaleb Timm 52-yard reception from Koda Kinjerski (PAT missed) 49-13 (10:15).

GBE: Kaleb Timm 23-yard reception from Koda Kinjerski (conversion good) 49-21 (9:24).

S: Jarrett Laatsch 16-yard run (PAT good) 56-21 (4:32).