Eagles' turnovers help Hawks

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SNOQUALMIE - The Chief Kanim Middle School defense forced three Snoqualmie Middle School turnovers, which helped the Hawks to a 14-0 win in the Battle of the Birds middle-school football contest Thursday night at Mount Si High School.

Chief Kanim scored first on a 1-yard quarterback sneak by Tylor Littlejohn. Corey Lindberg's 32-yard reception of a Littlejohn pass keyed the drive, and the Hawks were up 8-0 after Chief Kanim converted the extra point. The Hawks used more than half the quarter to complete its opening drive.

SMS looked as if it was going to tie the game on its opening possession, thanks to a developing ground attack led by Cody Hyatt and Zack Sumner. The Eagles, however, fumbled the ball and the Hawks recovered.

Both teams had trouble holding on to the ball. On each of their following possessions they fumbled the ball at least once, only to recover it themselves and keep possession. The Eagles were able to gather some momentum, again using the ground attack of Sumner and Hyatt. Sumner fumbled the ball, got it back and the Hawks stopped the Eagles with an interception.

That play set up the Hawks' second and final scoring drive. Lindberg took a pass from Littlejohn and ran past SMS' defenders for a 57-yard touchdown. Although Chief Kanim failed on its extra point, the Hawks were up 14-0.

Sumner and Hyatt kept running for SMS in the second half, but SMS was unable to get much going. Neither did Chief Kanim, despite the efforts of Littlejohn and Stu Trombley.

SMS had a strong push going late with Hyatt leading the charge, but the Eagles fumbled the ball again and the Hawks recovered. That was SMS' third turnover of the game. Chief Kanim closed it out and picked up the 14-0 victory.

Hyatt ran for nearly 120 yards, and Sumner had 47 yards for the Eagles, who fell to 4-2. Littlejohn had 95 total yards for the Hawks (5-1), and Trombley added 70 yards to the Chief Kanim offensive effort. Dane Portscheller and Eric Forslin also contributed to the Hawks' offensive attack.

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