South Hamilton began this season focused on ending a six-year postseason drought. Six weeks later that plan has been altered. The Hawks would now love to stay home for the playoffs, and so far they're right on track. A balanced offensive attack and a bend but don't break defensive mentality conjured up dominant results at Taylor Field on Friday, as South Hamilton dismantled a struggling Aplington-Parkersburg program 43-6 to remain in second place in the Class 1A District 3 standings. The first- and second-place finishers in the district will host first-round playoff games later this month. Senior quarterback Matt Hislop completed seven of his first eight passes and finished 8 of 14 for 160 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He rifled a pair of TD passes during the decisive second quarter in which South Hamilton (5-1, 3-1) outscored Aplington-Parkersburg (2-4, 1-2) 19-0 to move in front 22-6 at the half. Devin Howard rushed for 148 yards and three touchdowns, and he also hauled in a TD from Andy Cook on a halfback pass in the fourth quarter to extend the Hawks lead to 36 points. South Hamilton piled up 447 yards of total offense against a usually stringy Falcon defense. Fullback Sam Waid added 31 tough yards on the ground, and he got into the scoring act on a pass from Hislop. The veteran signal caller spread around the wealth; four different players caught at least one pass with Trevor Ullestad the main weapon with four grabs that covered 100 yards. He also reached the end zone once. Ullestad booted a 23-yard field goal with 4:01 to go in the first quarter, and he capped the Hawks' second-quarter spurt with a 25-yard touchdown reception. Earlier in the period Hislop found Waid open for an 8-yard TD toss and then Howard broke free on a 61-yard scamper to the house.
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