Breaking a play for big yards is great for momentum, and it’s even better when one play can yield that success multiple times.
Hickman used the play it calls "48" several times in its 42-16 win against Jefferson City, including the first play, in which Brandon Kendrick broke for a 52-yard touchdown to give the Kewpies a lead and momentum.
“We had confidence on getting on the outside and our line made a huge hole for him,” quarterback Blake Tekotte said. “I mean, what back couldn’t get through there? It was just an awesome play to start off the game.”
The play 48 is actually two plays because it can be used to run the ball inside, or broken to the outside. Kendrick took the first carry to the outside, broke a tackle and then outran the defense.
“I think (Jefferson City was) setting up pretty tight on the inside and Kendrick made a great football play and it was well blocked,” coach Gregg Nesbitt said.
The Kewpies used that play again in the second quarter with similar success when Kendrick dashed 50 yards for another score. This time, Kendrick stayed inside, running through a hole in the left side of the line.
“I was focusing on exploding through the hole,” Kendrick said. “I just wanted to do my part and I did that exceptionally well.”
Kendrick finished the night with 174 yards on 14 carries and three touchdowns as the Kewpies (6-3, 3-0) won the Class 6 District 6 title for the first time since 2000.
Hickman has practiced 48 during the week and has had success with it throughout districts, especially against Rock Bridge when the Kewpies rushed for 254 yards.
“Obviously the first play that we run is going to be our bread-and-butter play,” Tekotte said.
Nesbitt said the reason the Kewpies had success running 48 was because of the blocking. Having good blocks on the line lets the running back move freely into open field and make plays on his own.
Nesbitt also added that the experience Hickman has running the play has paid off.
“The offensive line has gelled in the last three or four weeks, we’ve ran those plays over and over and I think (Kendrick’s) getting a great feel for running both of them,” Nesbitt said.