Before checking out of the office for the night, I decided to leave you with a few numbers for a story I’m working on about the No. 4-ranked Heart River football team and its 2-0 start, during which they have outscored opponents 102-13.
They face Grant County-Flasher, also 2-0, at 7 p.m. Friday in Belfield in a Class 1A, Region 4 game which may be crucial when it comes time to decide playoff seeds in the region.
Offensively, the Cougars are led by a trio of running backs in juniors Seth Ewoniuk and Cole Hecker and senior fullback Jordan Strecker.
Their numbers so far this season are awesome.
Combined the trio has 816 yards and 14 touchdowns on 65 carries this season. That’s an average of 12.6 yards per carry. It also breaks down to every fifth carry ending up with them standing in the end zone.
Ewoniuk is the leader of the pack with 347 yards rushing and 7 TD on 33 carries, an average of 10.5 yards per carry.
Hecker has 247 yards and 5 TD on 18 carries, an average of 13.7 yards per carry.
Strecker has 222 yards and 2 TD on 14 carries, a ridiculous average of 15.9 yards every time he touches the ball.
The Cougars are doing this behind a line that didn’t even return half its starters from last season and includes a center that moved from guard and two running backs who have been converted to a left tackle and a left guard simply because of lack of numbers.
Heart River head coach Dave Hendrickson also pointed out the fact that if Belfield and South Heart had just one less boy, the Cougars would have been dropped down to 9-man football this season.