Center-Stanton FB struggles
By Jarann Johnson
The Center-Stanton Wildcats started last week off well with a win in a scrimmage, but couldn’t roll the momentum into a homecoming win over Kidder County. Kidder County won the game 48-14.
There wasn’t much of a spark for Center-Stanton to build off of in the first half. The only highlight for the home team and their fans was senior power back Matt Huber’s 49-yard touchdown run.
Huber ran through the line of scrimmage on the right side, then hesitated and cutback to the left. The Kidder County defense was caught off guard by Huber’s cut and he out raced the defense for the score.
Huber wasn’t done making his impact on the game and rammed in a successful two-point conversion on the point after attempt. Huber’s strong running cut Kidder County’s lead to 28 points, 36-8, before halftime.
Center-Stanton couldn’t turn the game around in the second half and fell 48-14. After the game, Center-Stanton Head Coach George Duenas explained his team’s slow offensive start in the first half.
“It took us a while to settle down. Offensively, we saw things were open – we had our flat routes open in the beginning – but we weren’t completing passes so we were going three-and-out. When you give a three-and-out to a good football team, they start steamrolling you,” Duenas said.
Eventually Center-Stanton settled down and made some positive plays, but that shell shock has been a season long problem.
“We finally settled down and had a couple of big runs, but the biggest problem we are having is coming out from the get-go. I hate to say it, but I think that’s about numbers. We don’t go against anyone all week, so the moment we get contact, it’s like, ‘Oh, OK, we have to get ready to play,’ ” Duenas said.