Coming off their first win of the season over Kiowa, 63-6 the week before, the Kit Carson Wildcats welcomed Eads to Homecoming at Wildcat Field in the first league game for both. The Wildcats were running on high-energy to start the game and caught Eads flatfooted for the first quarter leading, 20-16.
But the Eagles quickly settled in and fired off 30 unanswered points in the second quarter while holding the Wildcats scoreless.
Eads Head coach Trey Eder said of the way the Eads boys started the game, “We had a rough start to the game. We allowed them to go in untouched in the first play of the game. It took us awhile to settle in and adjust to their high-energy as it was Homecoming for them. Once we settled in and played at the level needed to compete, we got some good blocking on both sides of the ball. They were capitalizing on our mistakes early, but it was good to see our kids settle down and not feel the pressure too much allowing them to come back into the game. Defensively, we settled in and did well.”
Wildcat senior Paul Mitchek shocked Eads on their first play from scrimmage as he scrambled his way 43 yards to the endzone. The PAT kick by senior Tanner Conaway was good, and right away the Cats sent the message they were there to defend their turf.
Eads answered at the 7:44 mark of the first period as junior running back Porter Spady got away and scored from 32 yards out. Spady’s extra points kick was also successful, and the game was quickly tied, 8-8.
The two teams continued to answer one another as the Wildcats scored again with 6:48 in the first quarter, this time from the air, as Conaway connected with Josiah Irwin in a 36-yard TD completion. Irwin’s PAT attempt was no good leaving the score at 14-8 in favor of the home team.
Eads answered on their next possession as they moved the ball down the field and blocked for Spady who scored from 8 yards out at the 3:23 mark of the first. Spady’s kick was good giving Eads the 16-14 advantage.
But the Wildcats were not finished as they slipped in one more pass play with under a minute to go in the first quarter as Conaway found Mitchek in a 13-yard TD connection. The Conaway kick was no good this time, and the Cats had managed to have the lead after the first quarter, 20-16.
The second quarter was a nightmare for the Wildcats as the Eagles elected to go to the air, something they had not had much success in previous outings.
Eder said, “Offensively I was happy with our game plan. I was very pleased with our passing game as it improved which will help us as we move further into the season.”
Eads would score 30 points in the second period alone. On their first play from scrimmage to start the second quarter, Eagle quarterback Bo Arnold connected with junior wide receiver Keenan Smith for a 59-yard pay dirt touchdown. Spady’s foot continued to pay dividends and Eads had the lead back, 24-20.
As the Eagle defense picked it up substantially, Arnold found a second receiver completing a 27-yard touchdown pass to senior Connor Wollert. The Spady kick was good again, leaving the score at 32-20.
Midway through the second period, Eads sophomore speedster Stockton Mitchek found some running room scoring from 9 yards out. Again, Spady was dead on his kicking game leaving the score at 40-20.
The Eagles scored one more touchdown with 1:20 left in the first half as Spady scampered to the endzone from 12 yards out. This kick was unsuccessful but going into the Homecoming royalty ceremonies the Eagles had put a damper on it with a 46-20 lead.
Torrie Randel was named the 2022 Kit Carson High School Homecoming Queen and Tanner Conaway was the Homecoming King.
Spady struck right away on the first play from scrimmage to start the third quarter as the shifty junior weaved his way to a 54-yard touchdown run. The conversion play was no good leaving the early second half score at 52-20 for the Eagles.
Kit Carson managed to find more success in the air as Conaway found Marriott in a 56-yard pass connection for a touchdown. Irwin’s kick was unsuccessful, leaving the score at 52-26.
Mitchek then hooked up with Arnold scoring from 36 yards out on a nice pass play. Again, the Spady PAT was dead on leaving the score at 60-26.
Eads’ final touchdown came with 2:05 left in the third quarter when Mitchek broke away on a spectacular 39-yard touchdown run. The Spady kick was good again and the Eagles led 68-26.
With both JV units on the field the Wildcats continued to find success from the air as Marriott found his sophomore receiver, Brennan Framel, in a 2-yard touchdown pass play with 8:45 left in the game. The Irwin kick was no good leaving the score at 68-32.
That would be all the scoring in the game as the two JV squads battled it out up and down the field with no one getting the upper hand.
The Eagles dominated in the rushing department with 299 yards compared to Kit Carson’s 110 yards. However, both teams were equally effective in their aerial attack with the Wildcats just clipping Eads with 238 passing yards compared to 203.
The Eagles’ defense was strong getting 3 sacks for a loss of 17 yards.
For the Eagles Bo Arnold completed 8 of 9 passes for 203 yards and 3 touchdowns.
Spady carried 11 times for 182 yards and 4 touchdowns
Mitchek carried 8 times for 82 yards and 2 rushing touchdowns.
Eads freshmen Shaine Winder carried 3 times for 31 yards, and Johnnie Vasquez handled 2 carries for 18 yards.
Smith had 3 receptions for 106 yards and 1 touchdown.
Mitchek had one reception for 36 yards and a touchdown.
Spady had 3 receptions for 34 yards.
Wollert had one reception for 27 yards and a touchdown.
Defensively Arnold led the way again for the second week in a row as the junior hauled down 10 Wildcats.
Mitchek added 8 tackles, Smith had 6, Winder and Spady each contributed 4 takedowns. Wollert and sophomore Kadan Dunlap had 3 tackles apiece.
Spady was 7-for-8 in PAT kicks scoring 14 points.
Paul Mitchek led the Cats carrying 5 times for 61 yards and a touchdown.
Marriott chalked up 42 yards in 15 carries.
Sophomore Grayson McWilliams added 33 yards in 5 carries.
Conaway was 7 for 11 attempts for 196 yards passing and 3 touchdowns.
Marriott was 5-for-6 tosses for 32 yards and touchdown.
The Wildcats used a strong group of five receivers who gave Eads fits all night.
Marriott had 2 catches for 67 yards and a touchdown.
Paul Mitchek brought in 3 passes for 66 yards and a touchdown.
Irwin grabbed 2 passes for 63 yards and a touchdown.
Brennan Framel had one catch for 15 yards and a touchdown.
Eads now squares off in another big conference game at Cheraw. Eder says of Cheraw, “It’s a big week for us as Cheraw is an important league game. They are big, fast, athletic so this game will be a good challenge for us. We hope for a good week of practice.”
Eder added, “We still have some things to work on. Pass defense has to get better, and we’ll work on that this week. We’ll be working on different blocking schemes as well. We will defend differently depending on who we are facing.”
As for Kit Carson they will be in Walsh to take on a feisty Eagles team who are 2-2 on the season and just proved they can score a lot of points as they lost their first conference game to a highly ranked Granada team, 102-74. It was the third highest combined score in Colorado 6-man history.
Wildcat head coach Curt Connelley is excited about their prospects but will have to be very creative as he has two starters who are doubtful for the Walsh contest after suffering injuries against Eads.