The Kit Carson Wildcats, coming off a big win over Miami-Yoder in the opening week of football, grabbed another non-conference win in Kiowa on Friday night as they defeated Kiowa, 34-6 to stay perfect at 2-0 on the season. Next week they will begin the tough East Conference play.
Wildcat coach Curt Connelley was lukewarm in describing the play of his Wildcats, “We started really slow and had a lot of mental mistakes offensively. We missed some blocking assignments and had too many penalties.” However, as it has been for Connelley’s well-coached teams, the defense saved the day.
Connelley said, “The defense was the difference in the game as we only allowed them 153 yards and, more importantly, forced 3 turnovers.”
The two teams went back and forth throughout the first period as the Cats did struggle offensively. Late in the quarter junior quarterback Bret Mayhan found Danial Arnold for a 63-yard touchdown pass play to get the party going. The conversion kick failed leaving the first quarter score at 6-0.
Both teams warmed up in the second period. Soon after the start of the second, the Indians went on the attack and managed a touchdown pass play from 39 yards out. Their conversion also failed leaving the scored knotted at 6-6.
The Cats answered at the 7:46 mark of the second period when Mayhan again found a teammate open hitting Sullivan Farmer in a 56-yard strike for another touchdown pass play. Again, the conversion kick failed leaving Kit Carson up by a slim 12-6 score.
The Wildcats finally got a bit of breathing room with 3:11 left in the second period as, again the airways were wide open for Mayhan and Farmer as they found success from 9 yards out. This time Farmer hit the 2-point conversion kick leaving the score at 20-6.
But Mayhan wasn’t quite finished as he had one more trick up his sleeve finding Paul Mitchek in a six-yard TD connection with just seconds remaining in the first half. Again, the Farmer kick was good, and the Cats had a solid 28-6 halftime lead.
The only other score of the game came in the third period when Farmer made a dazzling 48-yard TD run with just over four minutes remaining. The Farmer kick failed this time, but Kit Carson was in control, 34-6.
Mayhan had a tremendous game passing for 194 yards and 4 touchdowns. He completed 10 of 16 passes to five different receivers with his favorites being to Arnold for 66 yards, Mitchek for 39 yards and Farmer for 41 yards.
Farmer had three touchdowns including two receptions and one rushing. The senior also kicked for four conversion points.
Defensively, the Wildcats put some good pressure on the Indians. As a collective unit they had 35 tackles with Farmer leading with 8 takedowns. Alex Mitchek had 6 tackles, Paul Mitchek grabbed 5, as did Mayhan. Arnold had an interception while Paul Mitchek had 2 steals.
The Cats will now enter East Conference play against Cheyenne Wells in a game of unbeatens. Cheyenne Wells defeated Hi-Plains 66-38 on Friday. The Cheyenne County Clash is always a heated contest and this year should be no different.
Connelley stated of their county rivalry, “They have been an extremely talented team the last few years. These games between Cheyenne Wells are always a battle to the end. We will need to limit mistakes and be prepared for a full 40-minutes game.”
They Cheyenne County Showdown game will kick off on Saturday afternoon at 1:00 pm in Cheyenne Wells.
Cover: Kit Carson, week 2. Photo: Angela Schrock Mayhan