Tricounty News

Cubs gridders show grit in showdown

They won the game everywhere - offense, defense, special teams. But when the clock ran down the final few seconds of a matchup between the Kimball Cubs football team and the Maple Lake Irish, the only place that did not reflect an outstanding performance was the scoreboard, as the Cubs fell 18-14 to the Irish. The game had everything you would want in a high school football game - emotion, drama, excitement. The Cubs provided it all for a big crowd gathered at Kimball High School last Friday. Maple Lake opened the scoring on a 4-yard touchdown run by Jade Kotila. The Cubs came right back with a 36-yard scoring strike from Jeff Hunt to Jeff Miller. It was followed by a 1-yard John Hanley TD. A 2-point conversion from Hunt to Adam Magnuson gave the Cubs a 14-6 lead at intermission. The second half found the Cubs within striking distance on several occasions. The Irish were able to close the gap with a 70-yard TD by Hunter Coughlin. The Cub defense stiffened on the Irish 2-point attempt, keeping the Cubs up 14-12 going into the fourth quarter. The Cubs were about to close the door on the Irish when they were stopped on the 1-inch line going in. On the ensuing drive, the Irish came back with one more tally, which proved to be the margin of victory. On the night the Cubs had outstanding performances all around. Jeff Hunt went six for 12 for 159 yards On the receiving end, he found Jeff Miller with three catches for 41 yards. In addition, Scott Stenger had a 56-yard catch. The Cubs got their ground game going with Karl Hunt racking up 73 yards on 23 carries. The Cubs gained more than 150 yards on the ground and more than 300 yards total offense. Zak Kuseske was the leading tackler for the Cubs with nine hits on the night. Jeff Hunt also had a fine defensive performance with seven tackles and an interception. The Cubs will take the excitement on the road when they travel to Holdingford on Friday, Sept. 15, for a 7 p.m. matchup.