Redskins down Rams, 56-0

Butch Hindenach •

   SOUTH HAVEN - Paw Paw’s win Friday over the South Haven football squad, 56-0, set up a classic end to the regular season match up tonight (Friday) with Edwardsburg, last year’s  Division 4 state champion. Both teams will go into the game undefeated and highly ranked - Paw Paw No. 2 in Division 4, and the Eddies, No. 3 in Division 3. 
   At South Haven last Friday, the Rams received the opening kickoff, and for a moment, appeared they might return it all the way back; however, the returner was forced out of bounds just inside Redskin territory.  The Paw Paw defense held, and the offense marched quickly down the field on the ground with Nolan Beck scoring from the five. 
   The Redskin running attack proved to be pretty much unstoppable. Their next drive covered 50 yards in two plays with Kolby Hindenach contributing runs of 17 and 33 yards on consecutive plays a 14-0 lead. The TD run put Hindenach over the 1,000 yards rushing  mark for the season. 
   The home team’s offense was again stymied by the “Redskin Rush” of defensive players making frequent appearances in the Rams’ backfield.  A 10-yard punt by South Haven led to a 20-yard aerial from Mason Popp to Andrew Vorce; then Kolby Hindenach again deposited the pigskin in the end zone.
   It was three and out again for the Rams, with Connor Hindenach coming up with a third down tackle for a large loss. The next Redskins drive featured a 15 yard Kolby Hindenach dash to the 35. Nolan Beck then covered the last 35 yards for a 28-0 Paw Paw lead. 
   A pass interception by Logan Cummins with a 54-yard return set up a one-yard tally by Nate Harden, which set up a running clock for the entire second half. Jackson  Kanniainen took over the rushing job with a 32-yard sprint to the Rams’ 32, and followed that with a TD from the five.
   With the mercy rule in effect, the second half went very quickly. Connor Hindenach, in his only carry of the night, streaked 55 yards to the five, and Popp pushed the ball over the goal line seconds later.  Justin Baird ended the scoring in the fourth period from four yards out, and kicker Claudia Muessig completed a perfect eight for eight night in extra point kicking, setting a new school record for most PATs in a game without a miss. She has been successful on 38 of 40 attempts this season, with one not attempted due to a bad snap from center.
   Kolby Hindenach led the ground game with 102 yards in just seven carries. Connor Hood added 62 yards in six attempts; Connor Hindenach had 55 in one carry; Jackson Kanniainen pounded out 46 in four, and Beck had 41 for four carries.  The Reds accumulated a total of 395 yards, 374 on the ground. 
   The shutout for the defense was led by Connor Hindenach with four tackles for losses, including a pair of quarterback sacks. Aaron Hayes was a standout also with three special team tackles. Andrew Vorce, Beck, and Jason Rocz had outstanding games on the defensive side of the ball.     


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