Special teams hurt Wildcats in loss to Minatare


John Verser

Banner County quarterback Mike McKown, left, looks to evade the rush of Minatare's Chance McAllister during Friday night's game.

Special teams set the tone early on Friday night.

Minatare scored touchdowns on a pair of kickoff returns and a punt return in the first quarter and went on to defeat Banner County, 66-31.

The scoring started off quickly as Minatare's Yovan Perez opened the game with a kickoff return to give the homestanding Indians a 6-0 lead with just 13 ticks off the clock. Banner's first possession ended on an interception, but the Wildcats stopped the Indians on the ensuing drive. The Wildcats drove to the Indian 28-yard line and were stopped.

Minatare's next possession did not last long as Banner rec...

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