KIRKLAND – Hiawatha football coach Sean Donnelly said most players circle the first game of the season on their calendars. But junior receiver Allen Letterer had to circle the third game.
“He has been chomping at the bit for the last couple of weeks waiting for this,” Donnelly said. “And we knew him coming out here today was going to be huge. We knew he was wanting to make up for lost time.”
Letterer made the most of his season debut with three touchdowns and 160 total yards from scrimmage to lead the Hawks (2-1) to a 38-0 win over Christian Liberty Academy (0-3).
“It was pretty exciting to see the team come all together as a unit,” Letterer said. “I couldn’t have done it without Mike (Mercado) and the line. Everyone on the team – they are all apart of it, not just me.”
Mercado had a day of his own, throwing for two touchdowns and running for another two. The senior quarterback was happy to have Letterer back in the lineup.
“I am just glad to have Allen Letterer back in the rotation, obviously,” Mercado said. “He is just a big target and a lot goes out to him. And, especially a lot goes out to my offensive line. I wouldn’t be able to do it without them.”
Hiawatha wasted no time taking control of the game after recovering a Christian Liberty fumbled snap on the Chargers’ second play from scrimmage. Ricky Schumaker fell on the ball and gave the Hawks great field position. Five plays later, Mercado ran four yards for the touchdown.
The Hawks scored again on their second drive, taking the ball 58 yards on eight plays before Michael Speer punched it in from a yard out to make the score 13-0.
After the Hawks defense forced another Christian Liberty punt, Mercado didn’t need much time to get Hiawatha another touchdown. The senior quarterback launched the ball on the Hawks’ first play to Letterer for a 60-yard touchdown.
Mercado closed out the scoring in the first half – this time a 65-yard strike to Letterer. The Hawks led 25-0 at halftime.
“I thought we played very well,” Donnelly said. “We knew coming in what we needed to do. Overall, we came in with the mindset to take care of business here and we are now 2-1.”