By ANDY WOLF
BASCOM — Sam Stickley had all the touchdowns.
Six rushing to be exact, a Hopewell-Loudon single-game record.
But behind the play of freshman quarterback Luke Jameson, the Chieftains stayed two-dimensional with multiple players getting involved to total 351 yards in a 44-17 win over Elmwood on Friday night.
“That’s what we have to do; when you lose a senior quarterback, we’re not just going to do one thing,” Hopewell-Loudon coach Brian Colatruglio said. “I thought we got contributions across the board. Getting Dominic Hedrick in the run game, he had some nice runs. We know what we have in Sam; he’s our horse. We’re going to carry him but man, I thought other guys made plays.
Hopewell-Loudon, which has won 16 straight over Elmwood dating back to 2002, improved to 1-1 while the Royals dropped to 0-2.
Senior quarterback Zach Kreais sustained a broken collarbone early on last week in Hopewell-Loudon’s 21-12 loss to Tiffin Calvert. That resulted in Stickley getting 27 carries against a physical Calvert defense.
The junior had only 10 touches in the first half Friday night and finished with 165 yards on 16 carries.
“I was feeling pretty beat up but, hamstring, tightened up a little bit,” Stickley said of the lighter workload in Week 2. “We did good. I feel better. I’m going to go home, work on it. We’ll be good to go for McComb (Week 3).”
Stickley took a direct snap through the Elmwood defense for a 25-yard touchdown strike on H-L’s third play of the game.
He tacked on touchdown runs of 1, 3 and 1 yards in the second quarter before adding to his totals with touchdown runs of 10 and 60 yards in the third quarter.
In between, three other Chieftains totaled at least 40 yards of offense.
Dominic Hedric had three carries for 21 yards and made three catches for 32 yards.
Logan St. Clair caught five balls for 63 yards, and Charlie Wickham had four receptions for 42 yards.
In all, Jameson delivered plenty of on-target passes, finishing 14 of 24 for 139 yards with no turnovers.
Colatruglio is optimistic Kreais will play again at some point this season, but for now Jameson is the guy.
“I’m really proud of our freshman quarterback,” Colatruglio said. “I don’t think the kid won a game in junior high. … He showed a lot of poise out there tonight, and hey, the kid gloves are off.”
Colatruglio is hoping this game can pay dividends in the way of confidence for a young quarterback.
“We’re just going to keep building,” Colatruglio said. “We added some things that he hadn’t done before. We’re not going to be able to run our full offense, but we’ll keep expanding what we’ll be able to do.”
The playmaking was also contagious on the defensive side of the ball.
The Chieftains recorded four interceptions, three off Elmwood backup Christian Aldaco after Jonah Childress went down with a broken left leg on the second series of the game.
“It’s an unfortunate thing; Jonah is a great kid, great person,” Elmwood coach Greg Bishop said. “It’s a tough one, but that wasn’t an excuse. We didn’t use it as an excuse. We kept fighting. We didn’t tuck our tail and run. When you’re playing a good team, you have to hold onto the football.”
Childress threw an interception to St. Clair on Elmood’s first drive that set up H-L with a short field.
He then carried seven times for 50 yards in leading the Royals into field goal range, getting injured at the 6:34 mark in the first quarter.
Lane Palmer drilled a 36-yard field goal to put Elmwood on the board, 7-3.
However, Hopewell-Loudon scored the next 34 points.
Donovan Bickelhaupt started the spurt by throwing down Aldaco in the end zone for a safety and 13-yard loss.
St. Clair added another pick, as did Stickley and Takoda Pahl.
“You’ve got to give a lot of credit to our defense too,” Colatruglio said. “The turnovers, that’s the difference in the game. Our defense caused turnovers, gave us field position and we were good enough to take advantage of them.”
Aldaco only completed one pass to R.J. Dicarlo for minus-1 yard.
The Royals totaled 158 rushing yards, including 123 in the fourth quarter as Jacob Wilhelm broke free for a 61-yard run.
Levi Garner added 64 yards on 15 carries while Aldaco went for 28 on 11 rushes.
“Christian, we’re going to keep working with him, we’re going to get better,” Bishop said of his senior. “Their defense is very stout. They like to get after it. UP front, I’m not sure if we matched their intensity as much as we should’ve. Obviously, we’re young up front but that’s not an excuse. We’ve got to keep getting better and keep doing our jobs.”
Elmwood 3 0 0 14 — 17
Hopewell-Loudon 9 21 14 0 — 44
H-L — Stickley 25 run (Nelson kick)
ELM — Palmer 36 FG
H-L — Bickelhaupt safety
H-L — Stickley 1 run (Nelson kick)
H-L — Stickley 3 run (Nelson kick)
H-L — Stickley 1 run (Nelson kick
H-L — Stickley 10 run (Nelson kick)
H-L — Stickley 60 run (Nelson kick)
ELM — Aldaco 13 run (Palmer kick)
ELM — Wilhelm 61 run (Palmer kick)
First Downs 8 13
Rushes-yards 35-158 212
Passing Yards (-1) 139
Comp-Att-Int 1-9-4 14-24-0
Punts-Avg. 3-41.3 2-31
Fumbles-Lost 1-0 2-1
Penalties-Yards 9-47 3-20
rushing — Elmwood, Wilhelm 3-66, Garner 15-64, Aldaco 11-28, Childress 7-50. Hopewell-Loudon, Stickley 16-165, Hedrick 3-44, Turco 6-9, Watkins 4-(-6).
passing — Elmwood, Aldaco 1-8-(-1)-3, Childress 0-1-0-1. Hopewell-Loudon, Jameson 14-24-139-0.
receiving — Elmwood, DiCarlo 1-(-1). Hopewell-Loudon, St. Clair 5-63, Wickham 4-42, Hedrick 3-32, Stickley 1-13, Nelson 1-20, Milligan 1-6.