A giant first half kept the ball moving and the points flowing for Kuemper Catholic on Friday night.
By the time the game ended the Knights had scored more points in one game than they had in five of their previous games combined.
Friday night’s 61-7 win over Shenandoah was an offensive showcase for the Knights as they scored early and often in a completely dominating game over the Mustangs.
The Knights worked their way down field easily in the game, capitalized on the Mustangs mistakes early on to score points. The mistakes for Shenandoah added up almost from their first play.
It took just three plays for the Mustangs to make their first mistake. After a turnover the Knights were able to score right away when senior quarterback Cole Collison was able to connect on a 21-yard touchdown pass. Shortly thereafter the Knights were able to get the ball back and scored again.
Holes in the Shenandoah defense kept opening up play after play in the first quarter, and the Knights took full advantage.
By the end of the first 12 minutes the Knights held a six-touchdown lead, 42-0 over the Mustangs.
Not only was the offense working to perfection on Friday night the defense did its job by stopping the Mustangs deep in their own territory, and also forcing many mistakes by the Mustang offense.
One player that stood out on defense was Luke Hicks who ended the game with two interceptions.
With Friday’s game being senior night, several of the seniors were able to play in prominent positions on Friday night.
“The guys came out and wanted to play hard right away,” Chad Klein said in a radio interview after the game. “We came out and were able to grab a 7-0 in under a minute. That really started the momentum for us. I really thought that the kids came out and executed really well. The pressure was off of us tonight. They came out and played with a lot of confidence and moved the ball around.”
By halftime the Knights had scored 59 points, and continued to hold the Mustangs scoreless.
“Cole Collison did a great job of staying in the pocket tonight and made a lot of throws,” Klein said in the radio interview.
With Friday’s win at home the Knights concluded the season with a 3-6 overall record. Two of their wins came in the final three weeks of the season when they were able to beat Red Oak and Shenandoah both at home.
Complete stats from Friday’s game were not reported at press time.