INTERCEPTION

Hale’s Keaton Ludwig runs down field after hauling in an interception during Friday’s Homecoming win over Mio. Michael Koepke looks to block on the play. 

HALE – A big night throwing the ball for its quarterback. A stellar performance by its defense. Hale put together another big performance Friday night, as it dominated its North Star League 8-man football game with Mio, 46-6 on Homecoming night.

“I’m really excited about our performance,” head coach Grant Kortman said. “I thought our kids gave great effort for 48 minutes and I was proud of that. We are doing a lot of good things right now on and off the field. We’re really excited about this team’s direction right now.” 

Hale quarterback Robert Rosebrugh had a monster night, throwing for 241 yards and four touchdowns. 

“Offensively, we did some good things, I’m excited that’s two weeks in a row that we have put up some points,” Kortman said. “We have been struggling with the run lately, so we had to go to the pass and it was working great for us. Robert was throwing the ball well, he made the right throws. The offensive line was good too, he had all day to throw and the guys were catching the ball; it was going well.” 

Rosebrugh wasted no time in setting the tone with his arm. He tossed a 17-yard touchdown pass to Jesse Francisco. 

Mio fumbled the ball away to the Eagles on its ensuing drive, setting up another touchdown pass from Rosebrugh to David Wanty. 

The Eagle defense made a big play on Mio’s next drive. Keaton Ludwig stepped in front of a pass across the middle of the field. Ludwig hauled the ball in for an interception, picked up a pair of blocks and sprinted down the field for a 55-yard pick-six and 20-0 lead. 

Early in the second quarter, Rosebrugh connected again with Francisco, this time on a 33-yard touchdown to make it 26-0.

Another Ludwig interception led to a touchdown pass from Rosebrugh to Francisco again and the Eagles closed out the half when it scored again on a Dylan Koepke touchdown run down the left sideline from 33-yards out.

Carrying a 40 point lead early in the third, Wanty was able to romp in from 46 yards out, making it a commanding 46-0 lead. 

Mio did tack on a late score to avoid the shutout, but Kortman was more than pleased with his squad’s defensive efforts.

“To hold a team to a touchdown, that’s amazing,” he said. “I was really proud of the overall effort of the team. We had a good week of practice running what we thought they would run. We went at their run game pretty good and in the pass game we were playing great coverage. The defense has been good the last few weeks and we have had different players stepping up each week and making good plays and that’s really good to see.”

Rosebrugh was nine-of-14 passing for his 241 yards and four touchdowns and he added 37 yards on the ground. Wanty hauled in two passes for 86 yards and a score and he also ran four times for 47 yards. Francisco had three receptions, all for touchdowns that totaled 53 yards and Koepke finished with 29 yards and one score on the ground. Kevin Kessler also had one reception for 48-yards.

Ludwig had 3.5 tackles to go along with hits two interceptions and Mike Koepke had 3.5 tackles as well. 

Hale (3-1 overall) puts its three game winning streak on the line Friday, when it heads to Posen (2-1). The Vikings are coming off a 26-16 loss to Hillman last week.