Wildcats get away from Cubs

By JOCELYN SHEETS
Register Sports Editor

MOUNDRIDGE — Humboldt High’s Cubs were in Tuesday’s Kansas Class 2-1A bi-district playoff game against host Moundridge High’s Wildcats.
Trailing 14-7 at halftime, the Cubs “didn’t come out with a sense of urgency and with intensity in the third quarter,” said Mike Miller, Cub head coach. “It took us a while to respond.”
Moundridge scored two touchdowns in the third quarter to go up 26-7.
“We didn’t quit. We came right back and scored early in the fourth quarter. It’s 26-14 and we’re in it. We couldn’t get the stop we needed.”
The Wildcats went on to post a 40-21 win over the Cubs, who made the 150-mile trip to Moundridge. The Cubs finished the 2009 season at 4-6.
Awaiting Moundridge (4-6) in a regional game Saturday is Pittsburg St.-Mary’s-Colgan (9-1). Colgan blasted Sedan 41-6 Tuesday.
“The kids played hard. We’d like a re-do of the third quarter,” Miller said.
Humboldt quarterback Derrik McCall threw two touchdown passes to Elijah Friederich and ran for one in the game. McCall was 13 of 21 for 155 yards and had one interception.
Caleb Critchfield got the Wildcats on the scoreboard first with a five-yard run following a long punt return.
Up 6-0 in the second quarter, the Wildcats moved toward the end zone again. This time Shelby Sparks went in from 17 yards out and Critchfield tacked on the two-point conversion.
The Cubs responded with a scoring drive of their own. McCall connected with Friederich on a 25-yard scoring strike. Hayden Boring kicked the extra point and Humboldt “was right in the game” with less than two minutes left in the half.
Miller said on the second-half kickoff, Humboldt got flagged for helmet-to-helmet contact giving Moundridge the football at the 50-yard line. He said the Wildcats just ran down the field to another score.
Daniel Ratzlaff finished the drive on five-yard run for the Wildcats. Humboldt couldn’t move the football on its first possession of the second half.
“Our punt hit the back of one of our own players and Moundridge recovered the football at the five,” Miller said.
Lance Loganbill punched the football over from two yards out to make it 26-7.
The Cubs kept coming back. At the beginning of the fourth quarter, Humboldt moved the football into scoring position. McCall found Friederich again. It was an 11-yard scoring pass and Boring added the extra point.
Moundridge used a long run to open its next drive and Loganbill scored on a one-yard dive. Jared Kaufman kicked the extra point.
Back came Humboldt. McCall finished off the Cubs’ final scoring drive with a four-yard run to the end zone. Boring kicked the extra point.
Moundridge got a two-yard touchdown run by Sparks late in the game.
Friederich made four catches for 55 yards. Christian Hicks rushed for 51 yards on 14 carries, while McCall had 51 yards on 19 carries.
Tevin Strack made two catches for 39 yards. Hicks had four receptions for 28 yards and Boring made three catches for 33 yards.
“We had opportunities to score in the first half and just shot ourselves in the foot with penalties, bad field position and not executing on plays,” Miller said.
“But these kids had a solid season. They’ve worked hard to improve each week.”

Humboldt 0-7-0-14—21
Moundridge 6-8-12-14—40