COLUMBIA — It was the play Hickman needed. Trailing 7-6 at halftime, the Kewpies were looking for life, something to give the team some momentum.
One the first play of the second half Deven Larry's legs gave Hickman the energy it was searching for. Larry took a hand off from quarterback Logan Fitch, found a hole and ran 62 yards for a touchdown.
The play gave the Kewpies a 13-7 lead, but they couldn't maintain this rhythm and Helias rallied to win 20-13 on Friday night in Jefferson City.
Larry's performance highlighted the loss. He had a 59-yard run in the first quarter, which set up his three-yard touchdown run that put Hickman ahead 6-0.
He also had runs of 23 and 31 yards in the game.
"Deven has bounded back," Hickman head coach Arnel Monroe said. "There were a couple weeks where he put the ball on the ground but you see what he can do."
Monroe wasn't as happy with the rest of his offense. The Kewpies (2-3) dropped passes and had plays called back because of penalties.
"We weren't connecting," Monroe said. "Things were there, we had drops, sometimes we weren't patient and didn't trust our (offensive) line. We just didn't execute. Logan felt pressure and pressure is either real or perceived and in a lot of cases it was real."
Hickman did well to slow Helias' offense but because its offense struggled to stay consistent, the Kewpies' defense spent a lot of time on the field.
"We thought we could neutralize their run game and except for a couple of big plays we pretty much did," Monroe said.
Hickman will face top-ranked Rockhurst next week.