Kewps coast to victory

Hickman excels in all areas in an easy win against Webb City.
Sunday, October 19, 2003 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 5:22 p.m. CDT, Monday, July 21, 2008

Cedric Alvis wished he could get back in the game. After scoring two touchdowns and intercepting a pass, he had seen enough action. He wasn’t comfortable on the sidelines, though.

“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 on Friday night at Hickman High.

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.

The Kewpies (4-3) started slowly when Brandon Kendrick fumbled the ball on the opening drive. They scored first, though, on a blocked punt.

Senior Steven Broadus broke through the Cardinals’ (4-3) line and blocked the punt. Sophomore Ryan Florence followed the ball into the end zone and dived on it for a touchdown.

“Those kinds of plays are just huge momentum swings for you,” Hickman coach Gregg Nesbitt said.

The Kewpies introduced trickery into the game, allowing Eric Owen to showcase his athleticism. After a Scottie Guthrie interception, quarterback Blake Tekotte threw a pass down the left sideline to Ryan Nesbitt.

Nesbitt caught the ball, then tossed it to his left to a streaking Owen. Owen carried the ball to the Webb City 8 for a 53-yard gain. Tekotte finished the drive on the next play with scoring run.

“We were just trying to get Eric the ball,” Gregg 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 controlled the line and stopped Webb City’s option attack, limiting the Cardinals to 157 yards on 51 carries.

“I don’t think we need anything special,” senior linebacker 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.”

Although 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 broke the game open. On Alvis’ second touchdown, he caught a short pass from Tekotte and dashed through several defenders.

“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 players got in because of the big lead. Nick Steponovich and Drew Perkins took snaps at quarterback and junior tight end Charley Rutter caught a pass for 8 yards.

“It’s always good when you can get out and relax and just let the No. 2s get their chances,” Nuelle said. “To let them get some big hits and make some big plays.”

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