When senior quarterback Blake Tekotte went down with an injury early in the first quarter, junior Andrew Perkins knew he was prepared.
“Blake’s the man. We all expected Blake to lead the team,” Perkins said. “I’ve been (playing quarterback) all summer, and I was ready for it.”
Perkins proved it on his home field in Hickman High School’s 37-7 rout over Lee’s Summit North on Friday night. With Tekotte out with a right knee injury, Perkins threw for 226 yards and two touchdowns and also ran for a score.
“You never know how a kid’s going to react,” coach Gregg Nesbitt said. “I thought (Perkins) showed flashes. He certainly did enough positive things to build on.”
Perkins connected with senior Cedric Alvis twice for 62-yard and 55-yard touchdown passes.
“Big plays you can’t really expect a lot,” Alvis said. “Those plays have to come to you, and when they come, you have to make them.”
Despite turning over the ball three times, the Kewpies kept a balanced attack, throwing for 240 yards and running for 277, 192 of which came in the second half.
“I didn’t think we played particularly well in the first half, especially on offense,” Nesbitt said. “The offensive line really made some nice adjustments (in the second half).”
Senior Brandon Kendrick led the Kewpies with 124 yards rushing on 17 carries.
Hickman also excelled defensively. The Broncos’ only score came late in the third quarter when senior Octavious Thomas ran back a kickoff for a touchdown. The Kewpies gave up six first downs and held Lee’s Summit North to 127 total yards.
“Defensively, we played lights out all night,” Nesbitt said. “We were never seriously threatened, and that gave us a lot of confidence offensively.”
Hickman’s first score of the night came on a 32-yard field goal by Alvis with a little under four minutes left in the first quarter. The Kewpies stopped Lee’s Summit North’s ensuing drive, then Perkins threw his first touchdown strike to Alvis on first down.
The Kewpies started the second half on their own 15-yard line and moved the ball to Lee’s Summit North’s 29-yard line before Perkins threw an interception in the end zone. Hickman’s offense responded after the miscue, recording touchdowns on the next four possessions to seal the victory.
Tekotte’s status for next week’s home game against Rockhurst is uncertain. Nesbitt said there could be anterior cruciate ligament damage to the right knee, but they would have to run tests.