By Russ Pankonin
The Imperial Republican
It took a safety for the Chase County Longhorns to grab the momentum from a surging Kimball team en route to a 38-6 win there Friday night.
We got off to a slow start,” Coach Dan Lenners said about the game. “Once we got going, we were OK.”
But until the Longhorns got going, Kimball turned an interception on Imperial’s first possession into a touchdown.
Then, after the Longhorns drove from their own 20 to Kimball 2 yard line, the drive stalled.
Stalling out provided the Longhorns with the wake-up call they needed.
After holding Kimball for no gain on their first play, the defense stormed through the line to drop them in the end zone for a safety.
“From the safety on, we played pretty sound,” Lenners said. “Up until then, we weren’t ready to play.”
First scoring drive
Starting at their own 30 after taking the free kick, the Longhorns chewed up nearly six minutes on a 13-play drive to take the lead.
The score came with 10:38 left in the second on a 7-yard pass from Kelton Fisher to his brother Bryson Fisher.
The Longhorns even added a two-point conversion, using their regular formation and sending Jeff Dickey into the end zone for a 10-6 lead.
Kimball moved near mid-field on their next possession until fumbling the ball away to the Longhorns.
Unfortunately, Imperial fumbled it right back on the next play.
Kimball completed a 34-yard pass against the Longhorn secondary. Again, the defense shut down Kimball’s offensive attack, forcing them to try a 40-yard field goal. The kick was long enough, but wide right.
Starting at their own 20, the Longhorns executed an 11-play scoring drive culminated with a 20-yard scoring strike from Fisher to Destyn Milner.
Dickey added the two-point conversion for an 18-6 lead with 38 seconds left in the half.
The Longhorns experimented with an on-side kick and recovered the ball. After a sack, Lenners let the clock run out.
Longhorns own second half
Kimball returned the on-side kick favor to open the second half and recovered it at the Longhorn 43.
They moved inside the 25 before a bad snap on a fourth-down conversion attempt sailed back to the Kimball 46, killing the drive.
Despite a couple of penalties, it didn’t take long for the Longhorns to strike. Fisher found Issac Sorensen behind the Kimball secondary for a 46-yard completion.
Dickey added the final nine yards for a 24-6 lead after he failed to get in on the two-point conversion.
The two teams traded possessions before Bryson Fisher picked off a Kimball pass to set up the Longhorns’ next score. The Longhorns pounded it out on the ground, going 45 yards in seven plays for the score. Fisher got the touchdown from four yards out and the Longhorns converted a two-pointer out of the swinging gate formation.
The Longhorns got one more score late when the jayvees scored on a 77-yard pass play from Milner to Hunter Dillan to make the final score 38-6.
Lenners said it’s hard to tell the jayvees to just take a knee when they get in to play late in the game. “They work hard all week and they deserve the chance to show what they can do.”
The Longhorns finished the night with 414 yards while holding Kimball to 187 yards.
Fisher was 8-10 in the air for 110 yards while Milner went 1-1 for 77 yards.
Dickey led a Longhorn ground attack that picked up 225 yards, including 141 by Dickey.
Dickey led the defense with 12 assists, followed by Sorensen with 11.
Bye week this week
The Longhorns get the week off this week. Lenners said his team goes into the bye week in good health with no major injuries.
The Longhorns return to action here Friday, Oct. 3 when they play host to district foe Gordon-Rushville.
From here on out, all the teams the Longhorns face will be district teams, with an automatic berth into the playoffs for the district champion.
Stats at a glance
Tackles—(solo-assists)—Jeff Dickey 0-12, Isaac Sorensen 0-11, Jorge Cervantes 2-6, Bryson Fisher 5-2, Jacob Christensen 1-6, Dakota Wallin 1-4, Caleb Weiss 1-3, Garrett Taylor 1-3, Kelton Fisher 1-2, Eli Engbrecht 1-2, Zac Space 0-3, Hunter Dillan 1-1, Jack Bauerle 1-1, Allan Smith 1-1, Wilson Taylor 1-0, Destyn Milner 0-1, Roper Cochran 0-1, Hunter Bartels 0-1, Blake Schilke 0-1, Caine Haarberg 0-1.
Rushing—(attempts-yards-TD)—Jeff Dickey 26-141-1, Bryson Fisher 4-35-0, Kelton Fisher 5-24-1, Dakota Wallin 3-15-0, Jorge Cervantes 4-10-0.
Passing—(attempts-completions-yards-TD-INT)—Kelton Fisher 10-8-110-2-1, Destyn Milner 1-1-79-1-0.
Receiving—(completions-yards-TD)—Hunter Dillan 1-79-1, Isaac Sorensen 2-51-0, Destyn Milner 1-20-1, Bryson Fisher 3-20-1, Jeff Dickey 2-19-0.
Kimball: 5 yd. TD run by Jon Withrow: Kick no good.
Chase County: Withrow tackled for safety.
Chase County: 7 yd. TD pass from Kelton Fisher to Bryson Fisher: 2 pt. conversion good.
Chase County: 20 yd. TD pass from Kelton Fisher to Destyn Milner: 2 pt. conversion good.
Chase County: 9 yd. TD run by Jeff Dickey: 2 pt. conversion failed.
Chase County: 4 yd. TD run by Kelton Fisher: 2 pt. conversion good.
Chase County: 77 yd. pass to Hunter Dillan: Kick no good.
CCS 2 16 6 14—38
Kimball 6 0 0 0— 6