Hickman football falls to Rockhurst, 27-14

Friday, October 2, 2009 | 11:29 p.m. CDT

KANSAS CITY - Hickman’s football team fell to Rockhurst High School 27-14 Friday night.

The Rockhurst offense put pressure on the Kewpies early with a kickoff return to Hickman’s 35-yard line followed by a touchdown three plays later. Rockhurst’s running game proved to be too much for the Hickman defense in the first half and Rockhurst led 20-0 at halftime.

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The Kewpies finally put some points on the board in the end of the third quarter when wide receiver Wesley Leftwich blocked a Rockhurst punt and Josh Perry recovered the ball in the endzone for a touchdown. But Rockhurst quickly answered back  and scored on an 80-yard drive expanding its lead 27-7. Hickman’s offense then scored its first points of the game on a 67-yard touchdown run by  Leftwich in the fourth quarter. But the drive ended up being too little for the Kewpies who fell to 2-4 on the season. Rockhurst improved to 4-2.

Hickman was only able to run the ball for 121 yards on 26 carries in contrast to Rockhurst’s 325 yards on 51 carries. Assistant coach Chad Masters attributed the loss to Rockhurst’s well-rounded play and slip-ups on both the offensive and defensive side.

“We fought down to the wire and we scored off that touchdown with the blocked punt,” he said. “Even after they scored, we scored again but bottom line tonight they were better than us and we made too many mistakes to win this game."

Masters said that despite being disappointed about the loss, the team has a positive outlook on the remainder of the season.

“The kids were hurt and if you go toe-to-toe with a team of that caliber it bothers you a bit,” he said. “Playing teams like the ones we’ve played,  they’re going to make you better. If you stay with them and compete and fight with them, then the only way you can go is better.”

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