Hawks Fall to Bulldogs in Final Game

Still Clinch Berth in State

Liam Bradford, Sports Editor

The Sandpoint Bulldogs(4-2) defeated the Lakeland Hawks(5-3) 37-10 on Oct. 22 in the district championship game that would determine each team’s seeding in the state tournament. Despite the loss, Lakeland still holds a spot in the state tournament that will take place in southern Idaho towards the end of the week. 

The Hawks had a relatively strong offensive game, acquiring 252 total offensive yards and 13 first downs. Devon Suko fell short of 100 passing yards for the game, only able to rack up 89 yards in total due to all of the pressure he fell under during the game. 

John Cornish had another dominant game rushing for 118 yards on 11 carries, including an 80-yard rushing touchdown in which Cornish walked the tightrope of the sideline all the way to the endzone. 

Alden Waddington was targeted by Suko over ten times in the game, and Waddington finished with seven catches for a team-leading 64 receiving yards. 

Lakeland’s defense consistently found themselves in a challenging situation throughout the intense rivalry matchup between the Hawks and Bulldogs. Sandpoint’s elite offense had one of their best performances of the season so far and racked up 383 total yards and 21 first downs and had 54% efficiency on third downs. 

Connor Moore and Cody Morse led the charge defensively, each finishing with seven total tackles. 

The Hawks finished the regular season 5-4 while the Bulldogs finished 5-2. Lakeland will play Skyline in their first state game in south Idaho this week. The time and date for the game are undetermined. 

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