Cedric Alvis wished he could get back in the game. Not because he had scored two touchdowns and intercepted a pass, but because he was cold.
“At first it was fun to watch the other guys get a chance to play,” Alvis said. “Then it really started to get cold.”
The Hickman Kewpies dismantled the Webb City Cardinals 30-3 at Hickman High on Friday night.
Using big plays on offense, defense and special teams, the Kewpies put the game out of the Cardinals reach before the end of the first half.
After an inauspicious start following a Brandon Kendrick fumble on the opening drive, the Kewpies struck the first blow on a blocked punt. Senior Steven Broadus busted through the Cardinals line and blocked the punt. Sophomore Ryan Florence followed the ball into the end zone and dived on the ball for a touchdown.
“Those kinds of plays are just huge momentum swings for you,” coach Gregg Nesbitt said.
The Kewpies introduced some trickery into their playbook in an attempt to allow Eric Owen to showcase his athleticism. After a Scottie Guthrie interception, quarterback Blake Tekotte threw a pass down the sideline to Ryan Nesbitt. Nesbitt caught the ball then tossed the ball back to his left to a streaking Owen. Owen carried the ball down to the Webb City 8-yard line. Tekotte called his own number and finished the drive on the next play with an 8-yard touchdown run.
“We were just trying to get Eric the ball,” Nesbitt said. “He is an awful fine athlete and has great speed. We wanted to get him in the open field and have him showcase that a little bit.”
The Kewpies won the battle on the offensive and defensive line and controlled Webb City’s option attack, limiting the Cardinals to 157 yards on 51 carries.
“I don’t think we need anything special,” senior Kyle Nuelle said. “We just lined up and played defense. Coach Nesbitt’s question this week was if our defense could hold up, and I think we did.”
Though the Kewpies allowed a field goal in the second quarter, Nuelle said that his team was happy with its performance.
“We wanted to get a goose egg,” Nuelle said. “We haven’t gotten one all year, we got close, but playing good defense and not giving up a touchdown is really huge.”
Alvis’ two touchdowns for 29 and 36 yards respectively, broke the game open for the Kewpies. On Alvis’ second touchdown, Alvis caught a short pass from Tekotte and simply dashed through several Cardinal defenders for a 36-yard touchdown.
“Tonight was fun,” Alvis said. “It’s what football is supposed to be. I knew the defender was outside and I just cut inside and went in to score.”
Many of Hickman’s second string starters saw some action because of the big lead. Both Nick Steponovich and Drew Perkins saw some snaps on offense and junior Charley Rutter caught a pass for 8 yards.
“It’s always good when you can get out and relax and just let the No. 2’s get their chances,” Nuelle said. “Let them get some big hits and make some big plays.”