Behind a 27-7 win on the road against Jefferson City Friday night, Hickman advanced to the state quarterfinals.
Not only did the Kewpies finish undefeated in district play, they outscored their three opponents 110-10.
Hickman’s defense dominated from the outset once again allowing just 99 total yards of offense, 63 of which came on Jefferson City’s last drive of the game with less than two minutes remaining trailing the Kewpies by 27 points.
Facing a 13-point deficit, Jefferson City’s opening drive of the second half ended with an interception by Devin Coleman at the Jays 29 yard line.
The Kewpies’ first play from scrimmage after the takeaway resulted in a 29-yard touchdown run from Brandon Kendrick. With the extra point converted by Nick Timberlake, Hickman went up by 20 points and ultimately eliminated any chance of Jefferson City advancing to the state playoffs.
Kendrick, however, had a relatively modest night gaining just 43 yards on the ground. The Kewpies put more of the load on Cedric Alvis, who took a good portion of Hickman’s offensive snaps at quarterback with Hickman's starting quarterback, Andrew Perkins, split out as a wide receiver.
Alvis finished the game with 142 yards rushing, two touchdowns and an interception on the defensive end.
It took an entire quarter before any team put points on the board. Six seconds into the second quarter Timberlake kicked a 35-yard field goal to open up Hickman’s scoring. Timberlake added a 41 yard field goal with seconds remaining in the first half.
The Kewpies will play host to DeSmet Jesuit high school Friday at 7 in the state quarterfinal game. DeSmet will enter the game boasting a perfect 10-0 record.