A look to Hawk’s final regular season game


Rylee Dragon, Sports Editor

The Lakeland Hawks(6-2) are practicing intensely following their bye week. They’re preparing to face off against the Moscow Bears(0-6) in Moscow, Idaho, on October 21st. 

Coming off a loss against Sandpoint, Lakeland is ranked #2 in the 4A Inland Empire division. Players and fans are highly anticipating the final regular season matchup.
The Hawks have two weeks of preparation for the final regular season game, while the Bears were roughed up against the Sandpoint Bulldogs, allowing 61 points in the first half. 

Looking back at last season, the Hawks shut out the Bears 59-0 at Corbit Field. Before the 2021-22 season, Moscow had beaten Lakeland three seasons in a row. 

Following the tough loss, practices have been challenging, as expected.  

“Practice has been hard coming off the loss against Sandpoint, and coach (Schroeder) has been getting on us in preparation for the game,” said Hutton Hegbloom. 

The Hawks have constantly been lifting to get ready. 

Jameson Elliot said, “Winning this game is important. If we don’t win, we won’t go to the playoffs.” 

Lakeland’s defense has been doing its part so far this season, an aspect that Moscow struggles with. When facing an opponent with a record such as the Bears’, keeping a level head during and before the game is difficult for many players.           

Concerning this, Elliot said, “Looking back at when we played Timberlake, we kind of dropped down to their level. So we must ensure that doesn’t happen this time so we can win.” 

The Hawks have numerous players that have had a tremendous season, continuing to make an impact. Thomas Calder is expected to have a strong running game along with John Cornish.

Cornish averages 145 yards per game with 156 yards against Sandpoint and has scored 15 touchdowns this season. Underclassmen are also projected to get more playing time than usual.  

Calder said, “I think we’re preparing pretty well for the playoffs. We’re ready to win a playoff game since it’s been so long.” 

Lakeland remains ranked #7 in the Idaho 4A division, falling closely behind Sandpoint(#6) and Skyline(#2). The Hawks lost to both of these teams during conference games last season. 

With so much on the line, this is arguably the most crucial matchup of the season. 

This Sunday at 12 p.m., Maxpreps will release the playoff brackets. These standings will establish the Hawks’ opponent for the first round.