David Reeder

Special to the Grove Sun

KETCHUM- With junior running back Cody Bright accounting for 209 yards on his own, Kansas rolled for nearly 600 yards total offense Thursday night at Ketchumís Warrior Field.† And while Brightís four touchdowns on nine carries carried the mail for the offense, the Comet defense got better with each quarter, to the tune of a 55-12 walloping of the Warriors.

Things didnít go well for Kansas in the gameís opening moments.† The Warriors received the opening kick and got a very good return from running back Cody Johnson all the way to the Comet 35-yard line.

Following a pair of procedure flags and some pretty good Kansas defense, the home team went for a fourth and 11.† The fierce rush forced quarterback Stefan Kay to scramble, where he found his receiver Cory Bogle underneath coverage.† And by the time the defense could track him down, it was first and goal on the† three-yard line.† The Warriors took the lead on Kayís one yard keeper.†

Senior return man Tyler Lankston gave the Comets good field position with his return to the 40. But a pair of incomplete passes forced them to punt the ball away.† Lankston got off an excellent kick that was downed on the Ketchum 18.†

The Warriors then put together a drive that seemed destined to double up their lead.† Using 13 snaps and long third and fourth down conversions, Ketchum moved the chains three times to the Kansas 29.† The Comet interior dumped Johnson for a four-yard loss on first down, followed by an incomplete pass attempt to Colton Evans.† On third and 14, James Warren chased Kay out of the pocket and sacked him for a 10-yard loss, forcing a punt.†

Setting up their second series on the 31, Kansas quarterback Wade Lewis (6 of 10 for 159 yards) connected on a 38-yard pass to a fellow senior, tight end Dylan Duncan. On the second play of the second period and from two yards out, Bright scored his first TD of the game.† C.J Foreman added the extra point to give his team a lead that they would never relinquish.

Ketchum went three and out on their next possession and punted the ball to the Kansas 17.† Then lightning struck for the Comets when Bright took the first handoff off tackle and broke to the outside. And after breaking free from a pair of arm tackles, the speedy junior broke down the sideline and won the 83-yard sprint to the goal line.† Foreman added the second of seven PATís for a 14-6 edge.†

The Warriors managed a first down on their next series, when Kay broke off a 34-yard keeper.† But Ketchum gambled and lost when they turned the ball over on downs.

The charged up Kansas offense made them pay when Austin Catcher hauled in a Lewis pass deep in the corner of the end zone for a 23-yard touchdown.

Ketchum rushed their way to a midfield first and 10, and then went to the air for three consecutive first downs.† And on the third Evans hauled in a 20-yard pass from Kay to score with 1:11 to play in the half.† The Warriorsí subsequent two point conversion attempt failed.†

Much to the surprise of the home town defense, the Comets came back slinging and rode the arm of Lewis across midfield and all the way to the Ketchum three. Thatís where Lewis slipped a short pass to Casey Armbrister with a scant 14 seconds to play in the half to trump the Warrior score.

On the heels of a second half kickoff that rolled out of bounds, Kansas started their first possession of the half on their own 35.† And on the first play, Bright did it again, with a beautiful 65-yard scamper and his third touchdown of the night.† With only 13 seconds off of the third quarter clock, Kansas began to impose their will on the obviously disheartened Warriors.†

Following an exchange of third quarter fumbles, Bright had a 58-yard TD run negated by a flag.† But following a big gainer by Armbrister, Bright broke off a 26-yard run for his fourth and final score of the game. Freshman quarterback, Austin Hunt took over the reins of the Comet offense in the fourth and scored their final touchdown on a well executed 26-yard keeper.

Now 4-4 overall and 2-2 in district play, the Comets will face an uphill climb in their quest for the playoffs when they travel to Commerce this Friday before hosting Adair in the season finale. Both teams are currently 7-1 and tied with Colcord atop the district.