Roland-Story has its baseline now after the Matt Finn coaching era started Friday (8/28) with a 42-8 loss at South Hamilton.
The non-district game - added to the Norsemen schedule in August when the original line-up of four non-district games was wiped clean by the IHSAA due to COVID-19 - was dominated by the veteran Hawks from start to finish.
South Hamilton, 6-3 a year ago, played like an experienced team that knows who it is and what it wants to do. It's where Finn and his Norse staff want to be in the future in attempting to rebuild the Roland-Story program.
The Norsemen scored their first points of the 2020 season on defense. Caden Sporleder and Jimmy Philipsen teamed up to sack SH quarterback Freddie Lewis in the end zone for a second-quarter safety. That made the score 12-2 after the Hawks had scored a pair of first-quarter touchdowns.
South Hamilton led 18-2 at halftime and 26-2 in the third quarter when Roland-Story quarterback Luke Patton scored on a nine-yard run to make it 26-8. But SH added two more touchdowns to run the final score to 42-8.
Patton was the Norse's leading rusher with 48 yards on 10 carries and also completed 11-of-27 passes for 103 yards. Carter Flattebo caught five passes for 41 yards and Adam McIlrath had 34 receiving yards on two catches.
McIlrath led the R-S defense with 10.5 tackles. Quin Ante recorded 8.5 stops, David Downs 8 and Zach Twedt 7.5.
The Norsemen rushed for 66 yards and passed for 103 for 169 yards of total offense. South Hamilton piled up 416 rushing yards and added 18 passing yards for 434 yards of total offense.