The Kimball Area football team traveled to Maple Lake last Friday night, September 27, in search of their first victory but came away disappointed. Maple Lake was up for the challenge as they jumped out early, taking a 23-6 advantage into the halftime break. Each team tallied 20 second half points, resulting in a runaway victory for the Irish, 43-26. “The Cubs fought hard this week down two starters against a very good team. We need to continue to improve ourselves and look toward making noise in the playoffs,” Kimball Coach Jamie Leither said.
That improves Maple Lake’s conference record to 3-1 and tied for second place in the conference, with an overall mark of 4-1. The loss keeps the Cubs in the Central Minnesota Conference cellar at 0-4, and 0-5 overall. Leading the Cubs’ effort was senior quarterback Cameron Hunt, who tossed three touchdown strikes and rushed for another.
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Stats: Rushing: Hunt 21-78, Schiefelbein 14-71, John Zipoy 3-7; Passing: Hunt 7-18-1 71; Receiving: Hennen 3-35, Merchant 3-30, Nate Overland 1-6.
Homecoming for the Cubs is next when they host undefeated and first-place Holdingford for a Central Minnesota challenge Friday, Oct. 4.
Senior Nate Overland blocks a Maple Lake defender as senior Austin Schiefelbein breaks a tackle to gain some extra yards Sept. 27. Staff photos by Marguerite Laabs.
Senior Mathias Hennen gets a good return off of a Maple Lake kickoff Friday night in Maple Lake.