Big plays lift Kapaun to victory

For the majority of its 43-9 win over Southeast at Cessna Stadium, Kapaun Mount Carmel was not the football team piecing together drives and controlling the clock.

The Crusaders had one drive of more than four plays, while Southeast ran 37 more plays (69-32) and held the ball for more than 35 minutes of the game.

But all six scoring drives were set up by plays of more than 30 yards. The big plays did a nice job masquerading a so-so offensive effort in the other seven drives on Friday night, and then Saturday afternoon as resumption of the game.

"Something went wrong for us to do that and that's frustrating," Kapaun coach Dan Adelhardt said. "But it's always nice to show you can strike at any time."

Both of the team's offensive attacks were futile in the first quarter, totaling three first downs and the only scoring came on a Southeast safety for a 2-0 lead.

But the lifeless Kapaun offense was injected with some energy from senior Jack Martin. The wide receiver made a diving 34-yard grab for a third-down conversion to set up the offense's first score, then intercepted a pass the next drive and returned it a yard away from the end zone to set up another score.

"Our offense wasn't playing very well and neither was our defense," Martin said. "I knew we needed a big play to kind of bring us back."

Lewis finished 6 of 11 for 165 yards, two touchdowns and an interception, and thrived on breakdowns in the Southeast secondary. He completed three passes of 34 yards or longer, including two long touchdown to Nathan Degenhardt and Nick Cook.

"We definitely have a lot of work to do to make sure our game is a little more balanced," Lewis said.

Despite being more than doubled in plays, Kapaun (2-0, 2-0 City League) was able to out-gain the Buffaloes in total yardage 272-256. The Crusaders added two non-offensive touchdowns in the fourth quarter on an 87-yard kickoff return on a reverse to Michael Reynolds and a 14-yard interception return by Ryan Zwick.

Southeast put much of its work load on running back Bradan Smith, who ran for 121 yards on 33 carries. Last week in a loss to Dodge City, Smith took 31 carries.

The lone touchdown of the game for the Buffaloes (0-2, 0-1) came on a 42-yard run from Dexter Hayes.

Southeast (0-1, 0-2) 2 0 0 7 — 9 Kapaun (2-0, 2-0) 0 22 7 14 — 43

SE—Taylor safety

KMC—Lewis 2 run (Cantele kick)

KMC—Krehbiel 1 run (Lewis run)

KMC—Degenhardt 36 pass from Lewis (Cantele kick)

KMC—Cook 70 pass from Lewis (Cantele kick)

SE—Hayes 42 run (Rhodes kick)

KMC—Reynolds 87 kick return (Cantele kick)

KMC—Zwick 14 int. return (Cantele kick)

Individual Statistics

Rushing—Southeast, Smith 33-121, Hayes 3-30, Johnson 5-23, Metcalfe 4-1, Parks 4-(-2); Kapaun, Lewis 7-52, Krehbiel 13-46, Heiland 1-9.

Passing—Southeast, Parks 11-20-2-83; Kapaun, Lewis 6-11-1-165.

Receiving—Southeast, Taylor 4-41, Hayes 4-34, Nolan 1-4, Metcalfe 1-4, Smith 1-0; Kapaun, Cook 1-70, Degenhardt 2-45, J. Martin 1-34, M. Martin 2-16.