Hawks Looking to Rebound

The Iowa Park Hawks are out to prove that last year's 1-9 record was a fluke.

One thing that should be in their favor this year is offensive experience, both at the skill positions and on the line.

"We've got over half our starters coming back on our line," said senior offensive lineman Mason Harris. "They're all big."

"Our offensive line has gotten so much stronger," agrees senior running back Garrett Davis. "They're all big and gotten bigger."

That's good news for Davis, the district's leading returning rusher.

Another advantage for the Hawks is numerical. Iowa Park High School has the smallest enrollment in the district, but Coach Scott Ponder gets guys out for football.

"We'll be carrying close to 40 guys on varsity, which is pretty good for a school our size," Ponder said. "We're excited about our depth, and we're going to try to utilize that."

That depth and experience has the Hawks aiming high.

The new alignment means they can reach the playoffs with just two district wins.

If they beat Hirschi (1-9 in 2011) again, and are able to avenge last year's loss to Vernon (2-8), they're in the playoffs.

"We're obviously going to pay attention to those two schools (Vernon & Hirschi)," admits Harris. "[We'll] pay attention to what it's going to take to get into the playoffs and get us farther in the season."

But the Hawks are aiming higher than just the playoffs.

"We're not looking just to get to the playoffs," said Davis. "We're looking to win the district championship."

Ponder agrees, "We'd be lying if we didn't say we had our eyes on a district championship."

But senior safety Chandler Rosinbaum may have said it best.

"I like playoffs, but I just want to beat Graham," Rosinbaum said. "I want to kick the crap out of 'em."

They'll get that chance at Hawk Stadium on October 19th.

The season opens August 31st at Pampa.

Iowa Park Hawks 2012 Varsity Football Schedule

Aug. 31 at Pampa, 7:30
Sept. 7 at Gainesville, 7:30
Sept. 14 at Bridgeport, 7:30
Sept. 21 Mineral Wells, 7:30
Sept. 28 Decatur, 7:30
Oct. 5 at Amarillo River Road, 7:30
Oct. 12 BYE
Oct. 19 Graham, 7:00*
Oct. 26 at Hirschi, 7:00*
Nov. 2 Burkburnett, 7:00*
Nov. 9 at Vernon, 7:00*