Bluestreaks deck Cubs

HUMBOLDT — Humboldt High’s contest Friday was a true reflection of the team’s practices through the week, Cub head coach Mike Miller said.
And he didn’t like how it looked.
Visiting Neodesha High racked up 360 yards of total offense while limiting Humboldt to 116.
And while the Cubs were able to force a number of Bluestreak miscues, Humboldt’s offense was unable to take advantage, Miller said, in an 18-13 loss.
The defeat drops the Cubs to 2-4 on the season.
“Offensively, there just wasn’t a whole lot we did right,” Miller said. “We weren’t really able to do anything.”
The Cubs scored only one offensive touchdown, a 19-yard scoring pass from Derrik McCall to Tevin Strack with 3:19 left in the game to cut an 18-7 deficit to 18-13. Strack supplied Humboldt’s other score in the first quarter on an 85-yard kickoff return.
Humboldt attempted an onside kick after its fourth-quarter touchdown, but Neodesha recovered the ball before a Cub could gain possession. The Bluestreaks then ran off the clock without relinquishing possession again.
Neodesha, meanwhile, racked up the yardage — 338 on the ground alone — but still couldn’t put Humboldt away.
The Cubs forced four turnovers, while Neodesha committed 12 penalties for 100 yards.
“We gave up a lot of yards between the 20s, but we did a good job of keeping them out of the end zone,” Miller said.
Nick McCall scored twice, meanwhile, for Neodesha.
Humboldt was shorthanded all week, Miller said, due to illness, nagging injuries “and a couple of guys getting in trouble. We didn’t have a single practice all week where everyone was able to participate.”
Derrik McCall completed 11 of 19 passes for 107 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Strack had five receptions for 89 yards. Trey Johnson rushed six times for 16 yards. On defense, Elijah Friederich had an interception and fumble recovery for Humboldt, while Jacob Manbeck and Kyle Warren registered eight and seven tackles, respectively. Cody Cramer and Christian Hicks recovered fumbles.
The haggard practices led to the team’s struggles Friday, Miller said.
Humboldt opens class 2-1A District 6 play next Friday at home against Yates Center.
“It’s a chance for us to start over again,” Miller said. “Hopefully we can start districts with a good showing.”

Humboldt 7-0-0-6—13
Neodesha 6-6-0-6—18
Neodesha — N. McCall 2 yd run (kick blocked)
Humboldt — Strack 85 yd kickoff return (Boring kick)
Neodesha — N. McCall 3 yd run (pass failed)
Neodesha — Tahyer 2 yd run (run failed)
Humboldt — Strack 19 yd pass from D. McCall (pass failed)