By Mark Bernstrom, assistant coach
This past Saturday, the (9-0) Bearcats hosted the (5-4) Win-E-Mac Patriots in the section semi-final game in Hallock. It was a beautiful fall day for an afternoon game, that set a great back drop to a fun afternoon of football.
The Bearcats defeated the Patriots 34-0.
All season the offense has been able to get off to a good start and this game was no different. On the very first play of the game Chisum Schmiedeberg broke free for a 62-yard touchdown run, and the point-after kick was good by Isaac Folland. KCC took a 7-0 lead less then 20 seconds into the game. The first series on defense KCC forced W-E-M into a punting situation. They tried to run a fake and Folland was able to strip the ball from the runner. Kaden Vig was right there as the ball was on the ground, and picked it up and ran it in for a touchdown. The point-after kick by Folland was good, and the lead was extended to 14-0.
The Bearcat defense held W-E-M from gaining any momentum on offense and made them punt. Schmiedeberg broke free for a punt return for it to be called back on an illegal block. The team picked up their teammate and went right to work on offense. On this drive they converted a fake punt with a good run by Kaden Vig to keep the drive alive. The offense then worked the ball down within the 10 and converted a 7-yard touchdown pass from Braden Faken to Ty Vig to extend the lead. The point-after kick by Folland was good and the Bearcats had a 21-0 lead after the first quarter.
In the second quarter, the offense kept rolling and the defense kept W-E-M from gaining any momentum. The first score in the quarter was a 9-yard touchdown pass from Faken to Kaden Vig. The point-after kick was good by Folland and the lead was now 28-0. The last score of the game came later in the second quarter as Schmiedeberg capped of the day with a 25-yard touchdown run for a 34-0 lead going into halftime.
In the second half it was running time and the second string was subbed in to finish out the game on offense, and later in the third quarter on defense. Offensively they were able to move the ball, but were not able to find the end zone on any of their drives. Defensively W-E-M starters were able to move the ball on the underclassmen, but the defense was able to cause some turnovers to stop their drives. This is two games in a row that the second and third stringers have not let up a touchdown on defense. That shows how much they have come this year by getting these quality reps in the second half of games.
Throughout this playoff run the defense has given up zero points and the offense has averaged over 30 points a game. Coach Cory Waling and Coach Terry Kent have been on point with getting the boys ready along with the rest of the staff.
Kittson County Central (10-0) now heads to the Fargodome for the Section Championship against Grygla/Goodridge (8-2) at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 3. G/G beat W-A-O 20-0 in Warren to reset a week eight rematch. GOOD LUCK to the players and coaches at the Dome.
KCC 21 13 0 0 34
W-E-M 0 0 0 0 0
Chisum Schmiedeberg: 14 att, 155 yards, 2 TD
Morgan Muir: 6 att, 57 yards
Braden Faken: 5/7 att, 28 yards, 2 TD
Morgan Muir: 1 rec, 10 yards
Kaden Vig: 2 rec, 9 yards, 1TD
Ty Vig: 1 rec, 7 yards, 1TD
Ty Vig: 7.5 TKL, .5 sack, 2.5 TFL
Zander Anderson: 5.5 TKL, .5 TFL
Chisum Schmiedeberg: 4 TKL
Isaac Folland: 3.5 TKL, 2 TFL
Henry Finney: 3.5 TKL, .5 sack
Isaac Folland: 4/5