Humboldt, KS – In what many consider the battle for the Tri-Valley League title, Caney Valley used the combination of running and senior Grant Richey to seal a 20-8 win on the road over the Cubs.
Humboldt kicked off to begin the game and quickly gained possession with a Caney fumble. However, the Cubs offense sputtered on 3 bad snaps in Caney territory after the fumble and Humboldt failed to covert on downs.
With the ball back, the Bullpups would use two 4th down conversions in their second drive to score early in the 2nd quarter, taking a 7-0 lead. Humboldt would get the ball back but once again find themselves unable to get any rhythm going and forced to punt. Caney Valley would then take advantage of the momentum and field position and score minutes later to go up 14-0.
The Humboldt Cubs offense would finally find some success against the Caney defense in the middle of the 2nd quarter when back up quarterback Kyler Allen connected on a pair of passes that put the offense at the Caney 3 yard line. Caney’s defense would buckle down and once again force the Humboldt offense to a turnover on downs inside the 10 yard line. The Bullpups led the Cubs 14-0 at half.
Humboldt received the ball to start the 2nd half and immediately drove it down the field within minutes to score a touchdown and 2 point conversion. Allen found success with a mixture of running and passing, but it would be short lived as the Caney defense made adjustments for the remainder of the game and would keep the Humboldt Cubs off the board.
Senior running back Grant Richey for Caney would get a majority of the carries for the rest of the game, including a late touchdown that would seal the final score 20-8.
Humboldt’s Kyler Allen would have 3 carries for 52 yards and 6/10 completions and 83 yards passing. Cubs senior running back Jacob Barker 43 yards on 9 carries and junior Dagen Goodner would score Humboldts lone touchdown.
Humboldt falls to 3-1 overall and in league play, while Caney Valley improves to 3-1 overall and 2-0 in league play. Humboldt will play 4 of the 5 remaining games on the road, traveling to Eureka next Friday night. Caney Valley hosts winless Erie next Friday.