HINTON | West Hancock dominated Hinton in its opening game of the high school football postseason, setting up a second-round clash with 8-2 Akron-Westfield on Friday, Oct. 26.

Tate Hagen rushed for 203 yards and scored four touchdowns.

Hagen moved to 1,675 yards rushing on the season and increased his TD total to 22 as West Hancock (8-3) won its fifth straight. He also had two interceptions on defense.

Bennett Bruns also scored twice, and Josef Smith finished with 137 rushing yards.

Caleb Eckels led the defense with six tackles, five of them solo and one for a loss. Bruns added five tackles, and Mathew Francis had 4.5.

Brayden Leerar added an interception.

Hinton did its best work through the air, as Braden Vonk threw for 242 yards.

But the Eagles didn't budge on the ground, as the hosts rushed for minus-1 yards in the game.

Looking ahead

Through the first round of the playoffs, the Eagles continue to lead Class A in rushing with 3,726 yards and total offense with 3,965 yards. West Hancock is averaging more than 7 yards per play.

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Hagen ranks third among Class A rushers with 1,682 yards and 22 touchdowns.

Josef Smith needs one more yard to reach 1,000 on the season. He's scored 10 touchdowns this year.

Caleb Eckels is the leading target through the air, with 15 catches for 200 yards. Four of those were for touchdowns.

Eckels also leads the defense with 63 tackles, and Hagen has recorded 50. Fourteen Eagles have at least 12.5 tackles this season.

Akron dropped a 17-16 decision at Hinton on Sept. 21. Its other loss was also by one point, to Westwood Sloan.

The Westerners are more balanced than the Eagles on offense.

Quarterback Nick Jacobs has completed 62 percent of his passes for 1,838 yards, 18 touchdowns and six interceptions. He's also Akron's leading rusher with 1,038 yards and 18 touchdowns.

Four receivers have more than 17 catches and 130 yards on the season.

John Henrich and Levi Hemmelrick lead the Westerners' defense.

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