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Seventh-grade football

Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted

The Kimball Cubs seventh-grade football team hosted the Lakers of Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted on a beautiful Thursday evening in Kimball. The Lakers started with the ball and marched down the field for a touchdown to take an 8-0 lead. The Cubs answered with a touchdown of their own on a counter sweep to Tommy Lochen. Key blocks by Sam Ehlinger, Brandon Schiefelbein, and Tyler Bechtold made the long run possible. The Cubs did not convert the 2-point conversion and the score was 8-6 Lakers. Later in the first half the Lakers scored again, but were stopped on their 2-point conversion.

The half-time score was Lakers 14, Cubs 6.

The Cubs started the second half with another counter sweep by Tommy Lochen. The play was opened up by the inside running of the 85-pound beast Chris Harter. A fake to Harter opened up the outside for Lochen. The cubs converted the 2-point conversion on a sweep to Harter. The score was all knotted up at 14. The Lakers responded quickly with a deep passing strike to take a 22-14 lead. The Lakers defense stiffened, as did the Cubs. Colton Czech was defensive standout coming up strong from the corner several times to make key tackles. The Cub linebackers of John Zipoy, Mitchell McKee, and Lochen stayed aggressive throughout the game to lead the defense. The Cubs defense did not allow a fourth-quarter score for the second game in a row, however this was not enough to spark the offense.

The final score was Lakers 22, Cubs 14.

Rockford Rockets

It was another gorgeous night to play football as the seventh-grade Kimball Cubs hosted the Rockets of Rockford. The rockets went 3 and out; they were unable to run all day against the stellar front of Tyler Bechtold, Jake Bormann, Logan Schlueter, Jarod Olson, Chris Lamm, Hayes Hine, and Brandon Sciefelbein. On offense, the Cubs started out on the right foot with a counter sweep to Tommy Lochen for a 60-yard touchdown run. The Cubs added the 2-point conversion on a Chris Harter run; the Cubs lead was 8-0. The Cubs and Rockets went back and forth until the Rockets decided to pass. Several passing plays finally led to a Rocket touchdown, but a dropped pass in the end zone negated the 2-point conversion and the Cubs took the lead into halftime.

The halftime score was Cubs 8, Rockets 6.

The Cubs started with the ball in the second half and put together an epic drive. The hard-nose running by John Zipoy and Chris Harter allowed the Cubs to methodically march down the field. A reverse to Sam Ehlinger who scored easily because of key blocks from Mitchell McKee, Tommy Lochen, and Justin Bogatzki capped off the drive. The drive lasted 11 minutes and 33 seconds of the 12-minute third quarter. The 2-point conversion failed and the Cubs lead was 14-6. The Cubs defense continued to stifle the Rockets who had to resort to the pass. The Rockets dependence on the pass set up the play of the game in the fourth quarter; the Rockets quarterback dropped back to pass and left defensive-end Brandon Schiefelbein came around the corner to strip the ball from the QB as he started to throw. This play capped off an impressive defensive performance by the Cubs, as they would end the game victorious.

The final score was Cubs 14, Rockets 6.