WESTMONT – Hiawatha spotted Westmont almost 275 students in enrollment, but in a 55-7 road win on Friday, that was all it gave up. The Hawks dominated all phases of the game and the opening kickoff was just a preview.
What came after was as complete a game as Hiawatha coach Jason Keneway has seen in his four seasons as the Hawks' coach.
Hiawatha recovered a Westmont fumble on the opening kick off at midfield and Kyle Thompson scored the first of his four touchdowns at 9:28 in the first quarter to give the Hawks a 7-0 lead.
After another Sentinels’ fumble, junior quarterback Matthew Korb hit senior Ty Kilcullen with a touchdown pass and the Hawks (2-0) had a 14-0 lead. Kilcullen also had four touchdowns for the Hawks.
Junior Jacob Smith recorded a sack and forced a fumble on the next Westmont (1-1) possession. The Hawks took over on the 10-yard line and Thompson scored a play later for a 21-0 lead. Westmont turned it over on downs its next possession and Kilcullen darted in from 30 yards out for a score and a commanding 28-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.
"That was hands down the best start we've had in my four years," Keneway said. "We were so hot to start the game. Everything was clicking for us."
Westmont scored on its opening second quarter drive 28-7, but from there Hiawatha reasserted command. Kilcullen scored on a run-pass option play for a 35-7 lead, Thompson added another rushing touchdown and Kilcullen got into the scoring from the defensive side with an interception returned for a touchdown and a running clock for the second half.
In two games, Hiawatha has scored 116 points. The Hawks will get a test next Friday when perennial power Marquette comes to Kirkland for a 7 p.m. Northeastern Athletic Conference game.
"Next week is a tough one," Keneway said. "As excited as we are to be 2-0, we haven't won anything yet. We face a tough opponent next week. But I do want to roll this momentum into next week and build upon our strengths."