Nail-biters against Van-Far and Bowling Green  provided a dramatic end to the regular season for the Clopton Hawks.

Clopton beat Bowling Green 35-33 in overtime Friday, Feb. 21 and lost to Van-Far 41-37 on Thursday, Feb. 20.

Clopton went into the Van-Far game dealing with illnesses that sidelined some members of the team.

“Most people felt we were at quite a disadvantage because of illness and being under-manned, however our young men are learning how to embrace adversity. A lot of credit has to be given to Jason Hoehn, Dylan Horstmeier, Logan Dalrymple and Tyler Kuntz for the way they stepped up and showed poise as we promoted them off the development squad because of our situation. I thought our veteran leadership was vital in giving those four the confidence they needed,” Coach Tony Francis said.

Francis added that he was impressed with how quickly the team turned around to beat Bowling Green.

“We now have to hope and pray we can get our other key members back for post-season play if we want to find success,” Francis said.

Clopton was set to play Silex in the opening round of the district tournament after this paper went to press.

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