GLADBROOK – The Easton Valley defense did what they did all year to start the playoffs: dominate.
The River Hawks kicked off the Iowa 8-man playoffs on Friday night on the road and took home a 55-6 win over the Rebels.
The No. 6 River Hawks wasted no time, sending the Rebel defense to the field after forcing a 3-and-out situation.
On offense, senior quarterback Nate Trenkamp found Logan House in the endzone early on to take a 7-0 lead.
The defense came out and once again forced a 3-and-out situation. The defense allowed just one first down in the first quarter and only three in the first half.
By the time the first 12 minutes ticked down to zero, the River Hawks had jumped out to a 20-0 lead. Kolton Murphy added to that quickly, intercepting a pass attempt by the Rebels and easily running the ball in 27-yards across the goal line for the score.
The defense held the Rebels to just 57 total yards in the first half, allowing them to take a 34-0 lead into the locker room.
Porter Fuegen kicked off the second half on the right foot with a quick touchdown, sending it to continuous clock.
The Rebels didn’t get on the board until there were just two minutes left in the third quarter. The two-point conversion attempt failed, leaving the clock continuous for the remainder of the game.
With Trenkamp’s four touchdowns in the first half, the senior surpassed 100 TD passes on his career. He also ended with 294 passing yards, which puts him near 7,000 through his four years with the River Hawks.
Easton Valley improves to 9-1 on the season and will continue to the 8-man quarterfinals. They will travel once more to take on No. 3 Don Bosco (10-0) in Gilbertville next week.