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Football: Iowa Park opens District 3-4A play with 56-14 win over Krum

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Rich Luna, For the Denton Record-Chronicle

KRUM — There was no overtime drama this time around for Krum and Iowa Park.

Last year, the two teams opened District 3-4A play with a thrilling 56-54 triple overtime battle won by Krum that would help propel the Bobcats to an eventual league championship.

But when the two teams opened this season's district campaign Friday in Krum, it was a lopsided affair as the Hawks rolled to a 56-14  win against the Bobcats.

Sophomore quarterback Trent Green threw two touchdown passes and ran for another and Kaden Ashlock intercepted two passes to help the Hawks improve to 4-3 overall and 1-0 in district.

Iowa Park scored six times in the first half to build a 49-7 cushion. The Hawks' only real breakdown came on Krum's lone score of the first half, when running back Donald Brown broke through the middle of the Iowa Park defense on third-and-four from midfield for a 51-yard touchdown run.

Krum's reserves added a score with 16 seconds left in the game when Caleb Schertz threw a 29-yard touchdown pass to Zack Kirk.

Krum (1-6 overall, 0-1 in district) has simply struggled to find consistency on offense this season. The Bobcats have been outscored 316-110 in seven games. The Bobcats did not help themselves Friday with three turnovers — two interceptions and a fumble.

Other than Brown's run, Iowa Park dominated on both sides, but the Hawks offense was extremely efficient to take control of the game early. Billy Pearson scored the first touchdown for the Hawks on an 18-yard run less than three minutes into the game. Green followed with his 27-yard scoring run and after Ashlock ran in the two-point conversion on a fake extra point attempt, the Hawks were up 15-0.

Brown's burst capped a 6-play drive that was Krum's best offensive sequence of the half. Krum followed with its best defensive sequence as Iowa Park drove to a first-and-goal at the six. The Bobcat defense, aided by a holding penalty against the Hawks, pushed the visitors back to the 39 and an eventual punt.

But Iowa Park scored four times in the second quarter. Ashlock intercepted Chase Tower and returned the ball 14 yards to the Krum 6, setting up Green's 1-yard run. On the next series, Ashlock again picked off a poorly thrown ball and returned it 40 yards to the Krum 19. On the next play, Green tossed a pass to Dusty Wright in the flat, and he went the distance.

Green threw an 89-yard TD pass to Ridgley Dietrichson and Iowa Park closed out the first half on Brendin Fallon's 19-yard run for a 42-7 advantage.

The Hawks added a pair of scores in the second half with their backups getting most of the playing time. Chris Dickens scored on the first possession of the second half with a 44-yard run and Toby Miser added a 3-yard run with 7:49 left in the game for a 56-7 advantage.