I would like to talk about how great the Humboldt cubs played tonight in a really big win versus the Cherryvale chargers tonight . But there were just so many personal foul penalties and bad turnovers at crucial times in the game that I cant say they played great . Now that being said they fought tough and played really hard tonight to come away with the victory against a good opponent . I spoke with senior Lance Daniels tonight after the contest . “I have never beaten a Cherryvale team in football until tonight ” he said with a huge grin .
Humboldt started the game just like last week with a successful onside kick . They went 4 and out with little yards trying to run the ball up the gut . The Chargers had a 25 yard run on the their very first offensive play . Then a 17 yard play . Moving the ball with misdirection runs with ease . The cubs defense tightened the screws some and got a 4th down stop on the their own 13 yard line . The next drive for the cubs that was hurt by a chop block penalty ended with Tucker Hurst’s 66 yard punt to put the Chargers pinned back in their own territory .
Here is where the teams started shooting themselves in the foot . Cherryvale fumbled at their own 19 yard line and the cubs made them pay with 5 plays and a 1 yard touchdown run by quarterback Hesston Murrow . The extra point failed . 6-0 lead for the cubs after the first quarter of play .
A bunch of stingy defense to begin the second quarter by both teams led to trading possessions. Senior Colin Gillespie intercepted quarterback Cade Addis of the chargers and took it down to the 1 yard line . Again with the 1 yard touchdown run was Murrow . With the 2 point conversion good the cubs now lead 14-0. They would take that lead into halftime .
Now here is where the game just went completely nuts . Between fumbles and personal foul penalties for each team i’m sure both head coaches and fans were ready to pull their hair out .
Cherryvale was able to take advantage of the craziness and find some offense by Addis to come away with their first and only score of the night . Addis also scored the 2 point conversion to cut into the Humboldt lead 14-8. Lets just say there were even more personal fouls and fumbles for the next 6 minutes on the clock . The worst fumble on the night that I thought at the time might cost the cubs the game came with the cubs at the 2 yard line getting ready to score . It didnt end up hurting all that bad . The cubs defense was just to tough tonight . Lead by Daegen Goodner with 9 tackles and a fumble recovery .
Guess what ? Humboldt’s Jacob Barker fumbled on the very first play of the 4th quarter . Im sitting there thinking they are going to miss this great opportunity to take down this good charger team . Not the case though. The defense came up big again . Humboldt needs 1 more score to seal this game . Murrow found a huge hole to run through with Hurst leading the block up the gut for a 5 yard score to seal the victory for the Humboldt Cubs.
Offensively the cubs were lead by quarterback Hesston Murrow and Jacob Barker with tough runs all night long . The offensive line worked very hard against that good charger defense.
As I complete this crazy article to go with the crazy game I witnessed tonight I want to say great job cubs on finally beating the Cherryvale chargers that have had our number over the last few years. Cherryvale is a really talented group of kids that will win alot of games this year . Up next for the cubs is at Neodasha . Cherryvale will host Eureka. Good luck to both teams !!!!