Beyond the Gridiron: Hawks Hammer Down for Hammer Game

Eyewitness Sports
October 10, 2017 10:43 PM

Sitting 2-4 on the season in uncharted waters for the Hermantown football team.

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"In my 22 years, we haven't been in this position where we're sitting at this point," said Hermantown Head Coach Daryl Illikainen.

They made a splash in their first game defeating Moose Lake-Willow River 34-0, but have been in a bit of a slump dropping their last three games.

"We started out with a great first win. The team just played extremely well on offense, defense, special teams, and we were physical," added Illikainen.

Since that first game, the Hawks have been hit by the injury bug once again this season. The loss of a few key starters has resulted in shuffling players around positions every week. Although they lost by just one touchdown last week against Hibbing, Coach Illikainen said it's just minor mistakes that have been holding them back from claiming the victory these last few weeks.

"It's a formation mistake or jumping off sides. Once in a while you might miss a block or something, but you're not having to go backwards. The offense hasn't been helping our defense either. We're three and out; we've made too many mistakes."

The team's plan of attack this week is to hammer down and focus on fixing those minor mistakes. Fixing those will be especially important because the Hawks are gunning for a bit of retaliation against Proctor after they fell in their first Hammer Game since 2010.

"That was the first time it's happened in my career playing football. It wasn't a good feeling at all," said Hermantown senior offensive and defensive tackle Caleb Annis.

"Rival games; there's nothing like them," said Hermantown senior fullback and middle linebacker Luke Lindberg. "They're way more intense and you prepare for them like no other."

The win last season gave Proctor the edge in the all-time series leading it 33-32-1. Although the game will be on the road for Hermantown, the team says they are ready to return the hammer to its rightful home.

"We just want it back. They've got it on loan right now. There's no way it's not coming back," said Annis.

Kick off is set for Friday at 7:00 P.M. at Egerdahl Field.



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