The Kit Carson Wildcats continue to march their way quite successfully through the 6-Man Southern Conference as they picked up a key win on Friday night on the road against a tough Walsh team, 58-20. The Wildcats are undefeated thus far and leads the conference; a key position when it comes down to playoff time.
Head coach Curt Connelley was a little worried about his team’s effort when the game started, “We had a slower start than usual as Walsh was really physical with us and I don’t think we were totally ready for that. But in the second quarter we settled down and were able to put some drives together which helped us pull away.”
Walsh actually scored first early in the contest surprising the Cat defense on a 75-yard TD pass play. Their extra kick was no good, but the southern Eagles had the lead over the #2 team in the state, 6-0. But Connelley’s Cats took control of the ball and would methodically move the ball down the field until Peter Hornung punched it in from one yard out. The kick was no good and the score was tied, 6-6, with 5:15 left in the first period. With 14 seconds left in the quarter the Cats pounced on the Eagles and did some major damage when quarterback TJ Conaway found Chris Bryan for a 19-yard pass play to the end zone. This time Conaway added a little more pain with the extra two-point conversion kick going through the up rights. The Cats took control back by the end of the tough first quarter, 14-6.
Although a little hurt, Walsh hadn’t decided to roll over and give up just yet as they would come back at the start of the 2nd quarter with a 21-yard touchdown pass play. But, their kick, again, failed leaving the score at 14-12. The Cats then decided they were in a major battle as they picked up their intensity to score three more times before the end of the first half. Those scores included a 25-yard run by junior Joe Bryan, and two touchdowns on pass plays of 28 yards and 6 yards, respectively, from Conaway to McCombs-Farmer. The Cats converted once out of the three scores leaving the field in control, 34-12.
Kit Carson continued to dominate the second half on both sides of the ball. Hornung had a huge game for the Cats as the junior scored twice in the third period first on a pass reception from Conaway from 7 yards out, and then on a strong two-yard run. Conaway hit both PAT kicks. The Wildcats scored one more time at the start of the fourth quarter on a pass play from Chris Bryan to Sullivan Farmer from 23 yards out. The Conaway kick was good once again leaving the Kit Carson boys in control, 58-12, early in the final quarter.
The defense didn’t allow Walsh any opportunity to score until late in the game when a miscue on the kickoff return defense allotted the Eagles a 56-yard TD leaving the score at 58-20.
The Wildcats’ offense produced 182 yards and three touchdowns from the ground and 148 yards and five touchdowns from the air. Conaway led all passers with 118 yards hitting five different receivers including Joe Bryan who led with 39 reception yards. Six different players rushed the ball forward for the Cats with Joe Bryan gaining 68 yards and Cordell Farmer adding 66 yards rushing.
Kit Carson will host a tough Granada team on Friday night in Wildcat territory. Granada is coming off a tough couple of weeks losing to the #1 team in the state, the Stratton/Liberty group, 52-12 last weekend. They now take on #2 Kit Carson hoping to stay relevant in the very tough Southern Conference.