The Cubs clashed with the Rockford Rockets in Kimball on Friday, Sept. 13, and Rockford emerged victorious, 30-23. Offensively, the Cubs put on a good show, gaining 210 passing yards and 214 yards rushing. Kimball quarterback Cameron Hunt went 16-28, for 210 yards through the air. He also scrambled for 149 rushing yards and one touchdown. Troy Filzen rushed for 45 yards and Austin Schiefelbein ran for 10 yards. Mathias Hennen had 6 catches for 119 yards, Nate Overland grabbed 2 for 16, Ben Theisen caught 2 balls for 18 yards and a touchdown, and Will Spaulding had a big reception for 56 yards.
Scoring plays: Mathias Hennen, 81-yard kickoff return for touchdown; Adam Nehring, added PAT making it 7-6, Kimball in the first quarter. Troy Filzen had a safety, sacking the quarterback in the end zone, making it 14-9, Rockford. Cameron Hunt had a 48-yard run and Nehring's point after made it 16-14 Kimball, but Rockford went up 22-16 at the break. In the third quarter, Hunt hit Ben Theisen on a 3-yard pass, putting the Cubs up, 23-22 Kimball through three. The Rockets scored again and added a two-point conversion, sealing the deal, 30-23.
"The young men played hard, but made some very bad choices at bad times for us on defense, and we gave up big plays all night. We will work harder this week to clean that up. Pierz is a solid team and we need to be ready for that game," Cubs Coach Jamie Leither
The Cubs travel to Pierz on Friday, Sept. 20, to take on the Pioneers in a 7 p.m. kickoff.
Kimball’s Ben Theisen gains good yardage during the conference loss to Rockford. Staff photos by Marguerite Laabs.