KIRKLAND – Beyond the north end zone at Hiawatha High School on Friday night, there was a parked ambulance. Having paramedics on sight is customary at every high school football game.
Those paramedics probably could have driven the ambulance through some of the holes Hiawatha’s offensive line opened up.
Instead, the benefactors were players such as Dakotah Quimby and Nick Doolittle in a 34-20 Hawks win over CICS/Longwood, their second straight. In the first half alone, Quimby, Hiawatha’s senior tailback, ran for 111 yards on only nine carries. Quimby, who finished with 120 yards rushing on 17 carries, scored four touchdowns, two rushing, in the first half for the Hawks (2-1, 2-1 Northeastern Athletic Conference).
“I went everywhere the line took me. So I have to credit everything that I got to them,” Quimby said. “They carried us, we got some good scores, and that’s about it. They took me where I went.”
Quimby also scored two touchdowns on his only two catches of the game. One was a 70-yard screen pass from quarterback Mike Mercado that put Hiawatha up 14-0, with the other being a 30-yard screen with Quimby scampering into the end zone with only one second left in the first half.
That one put Hiawatha up 28-0. Even with a sloppy second half, it was all the Hawks needed.
Whether he was taking a pitch to the outside or running up the field after a screen pass, Quimby followed his blockers.
“I just read my blocks. I didn’t outrun my blockers like I usually do,” Quimby said. “More maturity, and I just followed my blockers and they led me to the promised land.”
The Panthers (1-2, 1-2 NAC) were able to outscore the Hawks, 20-6, in the second half. Hiawatha coach Sean Donnelly attributed part of that to his team being in unfamiliar territory. The Hawks haven’t been used to leading by 28 points at halftime, which was the case Friday.
“It’s a position these kids haven’t been in in a while. So we take that into account. Very rarely in the last couple years have we gone in at halftime up four scores,” Donnelly said.
“So, I think there’s some confusion in that sense, but hopefully they learn from it now.”
Quimby got the ball moving on offense for Hiawatha. On defense, Hawks safety Nick Doolittle intercepted CICS/Longwood quarterback Dion Batie four times.