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Kimball runs over Morrill 76-14


October 11, 2018

The Kimball High football team had their most explosive win of the season as they ran past Morrill 76-14 this past Friday night at the Lion’s home field. On a cold and chilly football night, the Longhorns warmed up on both sides of the football and dominated in their third win of the season.

Izaac Reuter got things started with a pair of quarterback keeper runs of 23 and 24 yards for early touchdowns and ran in one conversion with Zane Anthony getting the other 2 point conversion to go up 16-0. Anthony got another TD on a 3 yard carry to run the score to 22-0 before the first period expired.

Corey Travis opened the second quarter scoring as the big senior lineman was given the call to take it in from 1 yard out with just seconds run off the clock in the second period to make it 30-0. The hosting Lions got on the score board next with 8:54 to play first half on a 32 yard run by Keaton Robb but the conversion run failed leaving it a 30-6 margin on the score board. Zane Anthony avenged that Morrill TD quickly by returning the ensuing kickoff 64 yards for another Kimball touchdown and Reuter ran in the conversion. Jake Jenkins showed off his speed and the fact that the Horns have several skilled backs capable of scoring as he busted loose for a 67 yard TD and Reuter passed to Travis for the conversion points, and then Jenkins scored again from 3 yards out to put Kimball on top 52-6 at half time.

Corey Travis got his 2nd TD of the night to open second half scoring, going in from 4 yards out and Ethan Ratzlaff ran in the conversion to go up 60-6 and end third quarter scoring.

In the fourth period Morrill got their second TD in the game on a 1 yard run by Tanner Whetham and the Lions converted with a run by Rowdy Lind. With a lot of the younger players getting carries, Christian Allen-Van Pelt showed off his talents by scoring on a 17 yard run followed by a 39 yarder and Ethan Ratzlaff and Blaynne Rohde ran in the conversions. The entire second half was played with a running clock and it didn’t take long to complete.

Kimball had 453 yards of offense on 49 plays while Morrill had 232 yards on 70 plays. The Horns averaged just over 9 yards per play and held Morrill to 3.3 yards per play. Kimball was 3 of 10 passing for 26 yards with 1 interception while Morrill was 4 of 23 for 47 yards and 1 interception. Both teams heard the ref’s whistle too often with Kimball called for 10 penalties and 85 yards with Morrill whistled for 0 penalties and assessed 70 yards. Both teams lost 2 fumbles and both clubs had an interception. Morrill had time of possession of 30:26 minutes compared to Kimball’s 17:20. The Horns led in first downs 21 to 16.

A big night for Kimball backs led by Jake Jenkins with 199 yards rushing on 13 carries for a 15.3 yard average and 2 touchdowns. Izaac Reuter had 90 yards on 9 carries for a 10 yard per carry average and 2 touchdowns. Christian Allen-VanPelt had 89 yards on just 5 carries for a 17.8 average and 2 touchdowns. Zane Anthony had 41 yards on 8 carries and scored 1 td. Corey Travis scored twice on 3 carries for 8 yards. Anthony, Jacob Withrow, and Beau Hanks had 1 catch each.

The defense was led by Allen-VanPelt with 6 solo tackles and 4 assists. Corey Travis was 6 and 3, Jake Jenkins 6 solo tackles, Ethan Ratzlaff 2 and 6 with 3 tackles for loss yardage, Withrow 3 and 1, Hanks 2 and 3, Reuter 3 and 0 with 2 tackles for loss, Austin Lulf 2 and 1, Azael Flores 2 and 1, Blaynne Rohde 1 and 2, and Anthony 1 and 1.

Anthony was strong on returns with 2 punt returns for a 22 yard average, and 3 kick returns for a 38.7 yard average including 1 for a touchdown. Allen-VanPelt punted just 1 time for 40 yards.

The Horns will put their 3 win-3 loss record on the line this Friday hosting a good Sutherland club with an early 6 p.m. Kickoff time. It is also designated as Senior Parents Night for football and cross country, and the sophomore class will be serving a Walking Taco feed. Sutherland is fresh off a 54-24 win over Perkins County this past Friday and you might remember Kimball won 60-42 over Perkins County. It would appear to be one of the spot lighted games of the week.

Kimball 24 28 8 16---76

Morrill 0 6 0 8---14


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