Joey Cominsky was back in his familiar positions of quarterback and defensive back, respectively, for Hamburg Area on Sept. 27 when the Hawks traveled to Kutztown to take on the Cougars.
But there was little fan reaction to his appearance in the game from either side of the field.
After shaking off some rust after serving a two-game suspension that garnered national attention, Cominsky put the first points on the board for the Hawks when he scored on a 50-yard run with 1:30 left in the first quarter.
Cominsky sparked the Hawks to a 47-26 win, but his playing time was cut short after taking a hard hit late in the second quarter which forced him to leave the game and be evaluated for a concussion.
“He did a good job and did what we asked of him,” Hamburg Area coach Joe Sinkovich said. “He’s a good kid and works hard.”
Cominsky’s appearance in the game generated little interest from Kutztown’s Homecoming crowd. Hamburg Area was focused on rebounding from a loss the previous week.
“Our kid’s handled (the situation) well,” Sinkovich said. “We were going in to play a game and block everything else out.
“It was business as usual.”
Cominsky was suspended for his part in a fight versus Annville-Cleona in which he struck an A-C player in the head twice with the player’s helmet on Sept. 6.
The Hawks led, 21-12 at the half and sophomore quarterback Nick Kuhn led the team to three second-half touchdowns after replacing Cominsky.
“We started slowly and made too many mistakes (early), but we were able to establish the run in the second half,” Sinkovich said. “Our defense played pretty well, but allowed too many big plays.”
The Hawks started quickly after receiving the second half kickoff and driving 66 yards in 11 plays, all on the ground, with Ian Hamilton scoring the touchdown on a 1-yard run.
After forcing a Cougar punt, the Hawks started at its own 27 and scored eight plays later when Kuhn connected with Austin Bashore on a 29-yard touchdown and Hamburg Area led, 34-12, with 5:46 left in the third quarter.
The Hawks, (4-1 overall, 1-1 I-C), put the game away midway in the final quarter when Tyler Herber returned a Cougar fumble 86-yards for a score and a 41-12 Hawks lead with 6:31 left in the contest.
The Hawks Blake Roberts caused the fumble when he sacked the Cougars Nate Oronofsky.
Darriel Ruiz scored Hamburg Area’s final points when he scored on a 39-yard run.
Robby Henne led the Hawks with 117 yards on 11 carries. Cominsky had 7 carries for 105 yards and 1 TD and Hamilton had had 19 carries for 69 yards and 3 TDs.
The Hawks are on the road again on Oct. 4 when they travel to Orwigsburg to play Blue Mountain (1-4, 0-2).
“We have three big games coming up and have some things to clean up,” Sinkovich said.
After Blue Mountain, the Hawks host Berks Catholic on Oct. 11 and then travel to Wyomissing on Oct. 19.