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By Mike Motz
The Observer 


Undefeated Potter-Dix Humbles Creek Valley To Win D6-6 Title


October 29, 2020

Mike Motz

Potter-Dix quarterback Luke Kasten scrambles on his way to a touchdown during the Coyotes' victory over the Creek Valley Storm on Friday night in Chappell.

The Potter-Dix Coyotes ended their undefeated regular season in a spectacular fashion, dominating the Creek Valley Storm in Chappell, 66-13, in a one-sided game that proved the Coyotes were not only for real, but a class above their D6 rivals.

The win earned the 8-0 Coyotes the D6-6 Title and a first round home game in the D6 playoffs starting Friday.

The temperatures dipped into the high 20s but the wind never picked up, and the cold temperatures seemed to not affect the red-hot Coyotes at all. Creek Valley started the game on offense, and after being shut down, attempted a punt that was mishandled and fumbled, and the Coyotes took over on the Storm 10 yard line. A misdirection run by senior Javon Coyle ended in a touchdown, and the Coyotes were up 6-0 early.

Potter-Dix's swarming defense shutdown the next Creek Valley possession, forcing a punt to midfield. The Storm's defense held the Coyotes, forcing a fourth down and 25 yard conversion attempt, but sophomore quarterback Luke Kasten was able to scramble away from the Storm defense and hurled a long bomb to the back of the end zone to his cousin, freshman Brayden Kasten, and after a successful point after the Coyotes were up 14-0.

Creek Valley was finally able to move the ball on their next possession, converting on a touchdown on a fourth down pass from junior quarterback Eli Schmid to senior Justin Ningen to cut the Potter-Dix lead to 14-6.

But then Brayden Kasten received the ensuing kickoff and scrambled 75 yards all the way for another touchdown to move the score to 22-6.

The next series cemented the Potter-Dix effort and put any doubt of the outcome away.

After a few good runs put the Storm in Potter-Dix territory, Schmid tried to connect with junior tight end Drew Fraas near the end zone, but Potter-Dix junior Jared Anton made a spectacular twisting interception to stop the Storm drive. Potter-Dix senior Donnie Moench had a big run from deep in Coyote territory to the Creek Valley 29 yard line, but on the next play Potter-Dix turned the ball over on a fumble.

Creek Valley was not able to capitalize on their good fortune, and again their normally reliable kicking game failed with another bad snap, giving the Coyotes a short field and another quick touchdown when Coyle caught a Kasten pass to move the score to 30-6.

On the next series, Storm junior running back Lucas Trujillo fumbled on a sweep, and the ball was scooped up by Potter-Dix junior Conner Glanz and returned for another touchdown, widening the Coyote's lead to 38-6.

This was followed by Luke Kasten scrambling on fourth down for another touchdown, then a 35-yard interception return by Coyle for a touchdown, and the Coyotes led 52-6 at halftime on their way to a 66-13 victory.

Mike Motz

Potter-Dix junior Jared Anton goes all out and reels in an interception to stop a Creek Valley drive early on during the Coyotes' 66-13 victory over the Storm in Chappell on Friday night.

The Potter-Dix defense was just too fast for the Storm, with Glanz pressuring and harassing Schmid all night while Kasten, Coyle and Anton came up with big stops to shut down the Creek Valley offense.

Luke Kasten was again brilliant at quarterback, completing five of 11 passes for 118 yards and three touchdowns while rushing for 53 yards and another two touchdowns. Anton, Coyle and Luke Kasten all were in double digits in total tackles, at 14 each for Anton and Coyle and 12 for Kasten. Anton and Coyle each had an interception in the game.

Both teams qualified for the playoffs, and both teams will have a home game.

Creek Valley hosts 7-1 Spalding Academy Friday night, a team they've never faced.

Potter-Dix hosts the Wallace Wolves at 5 p.m. Friday, a 2-4 team that the Coyotes beat in their first game of the season, 36-31. Do not expect the rematch to be as close as their first encounter. The Coyotes are firing on all cylinders, both on offense and defense.


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