By Jeffrey Lutz
For whatever reason, before I started writing my story on the Kapaun-Northwest football game tonight (which NW won 16-13), I started thinking about that High School Heisman award they give out every year. I don’t really even know what it’s for, or how one wins it.
If it was for being awesome at football, though, Demarcus Robinson would have to at least be one of the guys invited to New York for the ceremony, wouldn’t he? Robinson had 189 yards on 35 Thursday night. The impressive thing about that total is that it didn’t really look all that impressive. Robinson, excuse the cliche, took what the defense gave him. Five yards here, eight yards there, four yards there. Just simple. Grind it out.
And then there was the touchdown. The 14-yard score that put Northwest ahead for good in the fourth quarter. In the newsroom right now, we’re having a difficult time trying to come up with the right words to describe it. So I won’t attempt it here, but let’s just say it was amazing. After it happened, my cohort Jonathan Long said to Joanna Chadwick and me, “We may have just seen the play of the year.” Yeah, pretty much.
I’m not sure how I feel about Kapaun’s performance. The Crusaders had some big plays in the first half and a solid running attack in the second. Unlike Northwest, though, Kapaun couldn’t break through with that game-defining play. Not that every win needs a game-defining play, but Kapaun missed a lot of opportunities tonight.
Will this cause us to re-evaluate our preseason pick of Kapaun finishing fifth in the City League? Can they crack the top four by beating one of the other three teams picked to finish ahead (Heights, Carroll, Southeast)? Like I said, I’m just not sure — I don’t know how I feel about Kapaun, especially having not seen basically the rest of the league. I wouldn’t put it past the Crusaders, though — they have some weapons.
So what do you think? Is Kapaun a top-four team? Robinson for Heisman?