It didn’t take long for Hickman to make a statement in district play.
In fact, it only took 14 seconds for the Kewpies to put their first points on the board.
Cedric Alvis received Fort Zumwalt West’s opening kickoff at the seven-yard line, hit a seem created by a handful of blockers in front of him and then made a cut to the left sideline at midfield where he took it into the end zone untouched.
With the extra point converted, Hickman went up 7-0 and controlled the rest of the game winning its first district match up 48-3 on a rainy Friday night.
The Kewpies took advantage of a dry first half dominating the Jaguars in every facet.
After going three and out on its next drive after the kickoff return for a touchdown, Hickman regrouped and scored a touchdown on its next four possessions.
Five different Kewpies scored touchdowns in a first half that saw Hickman total 228 of offense compared to Fort Zumwalt West’s 33 yards.
Amidst second half showers, Hickman’s quarterback Andrew Perkins ran into the end zone from four yards out halfway through the third quarter to increase the Kewpies’ lead to 37 points, which caused the clock to run continuously for the rest of the game.
Perkins, who only played about three quarters because of Hickman’s lead, finished the game with two rushing touchdowns and a 23-yard touchdown pass to Jim McNeil.
The Kewpies’ defense put together another stingy performance, shutting down the Jaguars option attack. Because of its ineffectiveness to run the ball, Fort Zumwalt West was forced to throw, but Hickman was ready for it, allowing just four yards passing from quarterback Ed Morelli all night.
The defense had Morelli’s number for the entire game, sacking him six times and intercepting two passes, including one that was returned 57 yards for a touchdown by Reggie Hatton at the end of the third quarter.