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BH/RV fights hard but ultimately comes up short in title bout

Published: Nov. 19, 2021 at 7:10 PM CST
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SIOUX CITY (KTIV) - In the last decade not many schools have been as successful in football as Boyden Hull Rock Valley. The Nighthawks have made four title games and have won a state championship all in the last ten years.

Their opponents the Harlan Cyclones might be the most storied school in Iowa history. Harlan came into their 22nd title game looking to win their 13th title.

Harlan and Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley have been ranked 1,2 all season. Now the top two teams in class 3A are playing for the state championship. The Nighthawks are looking for their first state title since 20-16.

This is a rematch of last years semifinal won by Harlan. Harlan scored first but BHRV responds. Tanner Te Slaa lets it fly. Vance Katzfey makes makes the catch in the endzone. A 30-yard touchdown pass ties this game at 7.

After a Harlan touchdown, BHRV looking for another answer but Te Slaa is picked off by Aidan Hall and he has nothing but green turf in front of him. Hall takes it all the way back for a 57-yard pick six and the Cyclones jump out to a 21-7 lead.

But the Nighthawks drive right back down the field. Te Slaa hooks up with Caleb Kats on a five yard score. It’s 21-14. After Harlan goes up by 14 again, the Nighhawks dig into their bag of tricks. Kats finds Landyn Van Kekerix who makes a couple guys miss and is off to the races. He takes it 66-yards to the house. The Nighthawks back within a touchdown, its 28-21

But every time BHRV gets close, Harlan extends their lead. William Kenkel plunges in for a Cyclone touchdown. BHRV falls to Harlan 42 to 28 in the class 3A title game.

“I’m so proud of my kids. We battled to the last game of the year,” said head coach Cory Brandt. “We played an excellent football team. Hats off to them. They went out and won it and we give them credit but I’m really proud of my kids for how the battled throughout the course of the year and especially today.”

“Obviously we fell short of our ultimate goal this year,” said senior Tanner Te Slaa. “But to see how far we’ve come this year and with this group of guys, it’s special.”

BHRV finishes their season 12-1.

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