Kit Carson finished off the regular season with a 7-1 record with their only loss coming to conference rival and neighbor to the east Cheyenne Wells, who also ended on a 7-1 record after defeating Eads on Friday night. The Wildcats finished second in the conference behind the Tigers after a resounding 62-6 win over Walsh.
The first round state match ups are out and Kit Carson will be seeded #7 and host #10 Cotopaxi on Saturday afternoon at 1:00 pm. Cotopaxi is 6-1 on the season and have defeated their opponents by huge numbers throughout the season.
On Friday, it took the Wildcats little time to get on the scoreboard as they scored on a 15-yard scamper by junior running back Chris Bryan at the 9:06 mark of the initial period. T.J. Conaway, one of the better kickers in the 6-man ranks, hit the extra two-point conversion kick and the Wildcats were on the board, 8-0.
Both teams went back and forth a few times, but the Wildcats then turned up the defensive heat that would turn into some touchdowns. First, with 3:46 left in the first quarter, sophomore Jayden McCombs-Farmer carried the ball for 32 yards to the end zone. Conaway’s kick was good, once again, extending the lead, 16-0. Then a fumble recovery by sophomore Cordell Farmer from the 1-yard line extended the Wildcats’ lead to 24-0 after Conway, again, hit the PAT. Within six seconds, the Cats scored 16 points shocking the Walsh Eagles and putting them in a deep hole.
And the defense made it happen again when the Cats would score twice at the very end of the first period beginning at the 1:05 mark and again with 47 seconds left. The first score in that series came on an impressive 38-yard touchdown pass play from Cordell Farmer to sophomore Joe Bryan with the Conaway kick good. But the defense got the ball right back on a William Hornung interception and Kit Carson would score immediately when Conaway found senior Hunter Clapper in the end zone from 12 yards out. Conaway stayed perfect for the fifth time in a row leaving the score at the end of just the first quarter, 40-0, with the Wildcats looking to turn on an early mercy rule.
And the mercy rule did indeed come midway through the second period on a five-yard run by sophomore Brayden Bogenhagen as Coach Connelley had elected to go to his deep bench starting the second period. The extra point conversion failed, but the mercy clock was on with the Cats in charge, 46-0.
Kit Carson scored once more in the fast third and the fourth quarters. In the third period, at the 8:15 click, sophomore David Arnold found Cordell Farmer in the end zone from 17 yards out. Conaway’s kick was good extending the score to 54-0. In the fourth, Bogenhagen broke loose for a really nice 32-yard touchdown run with 8:15 left in the game. Once again, Conaway came through with another two-point PAT making the score 62-0.
Walsh would finally score late in the final period on a long kickoff return that netted 77 yards. The kick failed leaving the score at 62-6 with the Cats finishing the conference play with a big win.
Conaway led the Cats in scoring with 14 points; all coming from PAT kicks. Bogenhagen and Cordell Farmer chipped in 12 apiece.
McCombs-Farmer was the workhorse on the ground netting 71 yards in 2 carries and one touchdown. He would net 94 yards on punt returns. Cordell Farmer carried 9 times for 75 yards and had one punt return for 16 yards. Conaway carried four times on kick offs for 183 yards.
Joe Bryan led from the air catching one pass for 38 yards and one touchdown. Cordell Farmer led in the passing category with one completion for 38 yards.
The Cats were brutal on Walsh defensively as William Hornung came up with an interception and Cordell Farmer had a fumble recovery. As a team, Kit Carson had 47 tackles including 9 for Conaway and 8 from Hornung.
The Cotopaxi game is scheduled at the Wild Cat field on Saturday at 1:00 pm.