HIGHLAND | Nick Bokun wanted a steak dinner.
The Hobart senior wasn’t complaining for tasting victory instead.
Bokun caught a 28-yard touchdown pass from Andrew Barras four minutes into the game Friday night, and less than two minutes later forced a fumble that led to a second touchdown as the Brickies snapped a four-game losing streak in a 20-7 Northwest Crossroads win over host Highland.
“It’s a steak dinner if we score on defense so I wanted to take care of business,” said Bokun, who helped the Brickies win their first game since Sept. 13. “If you score you get a steak dinner; the rest of the defense gets pizza. I got a pick-6 against Griffith so I guess I can’t get greedy.”
Hobart (5-4, 3-3) has been far from greedy after jumping out to a 4-0 record to start the season. Some teams would fall apart, but the Brickies have stayed together during tough times, according to Bokun.
“As a team, we thrive when everybody’s clicking and fired up,” Bokun said. “Everybody knows we can be so much better than we have been. Losing has shown us our weaknesses and we’ve continued to work on things. We just know the real season starts with the playoffs.”
Hobart’s Barras threw for a game-high 133 yards on 10-for-16 passing, while Noah Smith rushed for 69 yards and a touchdown. The Brickies’ other score came on a 33-yard burst by Drey Devereaux with 3:12 left that iced the game.
“We honestly treated this like a playoff game,” Hobart coach Ryan Turley said. “Everybody knows the stretch we’ve been in. The plan was to get back on track. The kids know the real season starts now.”
Highland (4-5, 1-5) had only 43 yards of total offense in the first half and didn’t score until Matt Holl’s 7-yard TD run with 6:34 left in the game. For the game, the Trojans managed just 142 yards of total offense.
Highland had another opportunity after Matt Foundos intercepted a pass and returned it to the Hobart 10-yard line with 4:33 left in the second quarter. But the Trojans went one yard in four plays and gave up the ball with 2:42 left in the first half.
“We really wanted a shutout here, but we’re happy to get out of here with a ‘W,’” Turley said. “We bent but we didn’t break on defense. That was the key.”