SOUTH WAYNE — Black Hawk’s offense keeps firing on all cylinders and the defense pitched in second straight shutout as the #3-ranked Warriors locked up their eight consecutive WIAA playoff berth with a 50-0 victory over the visiting Benton/Scales Mound Zephyrs in a Six Rivers Conference prep football game at Murphy Field on Friday, Sept. 22.
“Every year every coach wants to extend the season and make the playoffs. That was a goal for us, so congratulations on the guys achieving it tonight. We’ve worked hard for it. Hopefully, we can keep it going and stay healthy the rest of the way,” said Black Hawk head coach Cory Milz.
With the Zephyrs geared up to put the clamps on senior fullback Brody Milz, junior halfback Colby Argall carried the ball 11 times for 264 yards and six touchdowns to lead the Warriors’ high-powered rushing attack on the night. Argall hit pay dirt on the Warriors’ first five possessions, scoring on runs of 31, 4, 47, 47 and 50 yards to put the hosts ahead 36-0.
“Colby did a nice job. They were picking their poison and that’s what I like about this team. You can’t really key on just one guy. When defenses try to overplay one guy, the other guy is just as capable of making great plays and big plays. That’s what happened tonight,” explained Coach Milz.
B. Milz added an 18-yard TD run before the intermission to send the Warriors into the halftime break sporting a 42-0 advantage, and then Argall broke loose on another 47-yard TD scamper early in the third quarter to extend the lead to 50-0.
Despite being the focus of the Zephyrs’ D, Milz finished with 111 yards on 15 carries with one score as the Warriors rushed for 509 yards for the game. Quarterback Michael Flanagan added 55 yards on four totes, while Jaylen Rufenacht carried it three times for 36 yards and Jace Tuescher ran it three times for 24 yards on the night.
The Zephyrs, who came into the night averaging 23 points per game with 129 rushing ypg. and 104 passing ypg., were held to just two rushing yards and 67 total yards in the first half– 58 of which came on one drive late in the half.
The Warriors continued to hold them out of the end zone in the second half to run their scoreless streak to eight quarters.
“I was very impressed with the defensive effort. Benton/Scales Mound has some really good skill kids. We really respected their passing game. I’m happy with the way the defense played keeping them off the scoreboard,” Milz stated.
Black Hawk heads to Bloomington to face River Ridge (4-2, 3-1) in a crucial Six Rivers Conference contest on Friday, Sept. 29. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m.
“They are a decent team and they present some problem with the offense they run. We’ve had trouble against their style of offense in the past,” noted Milz. “It’ll be a challenge that we look forward to meeting on Friday night.”
Benton-SM…. 0 0 0 0 – 0
Black Hawk… 22 20 8 0 – 50
BH – Colby Argall, run (Argall run)
BH – Argall, run (Argall run)
BH – Argall, run (pass failed)
BH – Argall, run (Brody Milz run)
BH – Argall, run (pass failed)
BH – B. Milz, run (run failed)
BH – Argall, run (Noah Metz pass from Kyle Lovelace)
Team Stats: First Downs– BSM 0, BH 0. Rushing– BSM 0-0; BH 0-0. Passing– BSM 0-0-0, 0; BH 0-0-0, 0.Fumbles-Lost– BSM 0-0; BH 0-0. Penalties– BSM 0-0; BH 0-0.
BH Individual Leaders: Rushing (Att-Yds-Td)– Brody Milz, 0-0-0; Colby Argall, 0-0-0; Jaylen Rufenacht, 0-0-0.Passing (Comp-Att-Int-Td-Yds)– Michael Flanagan, 0-0-0-0, 0. Receiving (Cat-Yds-Td)– Jett Rufenacht, 0-0-0. <!-- /*