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Week 3: Kaws roll over Nemaha Valley to 3-0 record

by Dennis Sharkey

The feeding was a frenzy Friday night inside The Shark Tank as the Perry-Lecompton Kaws beat up on Nemaha Valley 47-6.

Perry-Lecompton tailback Luke Kellum

Perry-Lecompton tailback Luke Kellum caught a pass on the Kaws’ second possession for a first down. Kellum led the Kaws in rushing with 168 yards and three touchdowns. Photo by Brad Roudybush

The Kaws took the opening kickoff and used a 12-play drive that used about four minutes to take an early 7-0 lead.

The Kaws let Nemaha Valley drive into their territory for their first possession but forced a punt. However, the Kaws’ offense stalled on the next possession and Nemaha Valley returned a partially blocked punt for a touchdown. Nemaha Valley missed the extra point.

The Kaws responded on the next drive. Senior Luke Kellum touched the ball on every down of the five-play drive that resulted in a 37-yard touchdown run. Kellum accounted for 70 yards rushing on the drive and caught a pass for 10 yards. The Kaws missed the extra point and led 13-6.

The Kaws forced a three and out on Nemaha Valley’s next possession but turned the ball over on downs near midfield when quarterback Jeremy Immenschuh’s pass fell incomplete on fourth down from the Nemaha Valley 48 yard line.

Nemaha Valley began to drive the ball into Kaw territory but Raiders’ quarterback Alex Hermesch fumbled the ball and the Kaws recovered at their own 35-yard line.

Immenschuh showed his passing ability on the next possession. After a first down play that gained no yards, Immenschuh found Jonathan Denton on the far sideline for an 18-yard pass play.

On the next play Kellum ran 46 yards for a touchdown but the play was called back because of a holding call. After two short completions to Conner Harden, Immenschuh again found Denton on a great catch to set the Kaws up with a fourth down and a yard to go at Raiders’ 37 yard line. Kellum bounced out to the edge and stiff-armed a defender on his way to the end zone for his second 37-yard touchdown run. A two-point conversion pass was knocked away and the Kaws led 19-6 with 6:21 left in the half.

The Kaws’ offense was helped in large part by the defense. The Kaws were able to take away the Raiders’ ground game which forced them to pass. This forced Nemaha Valley into a lot of three and out possessions with little time running off the clock. Head Coach Mike Paramore said that was part of the game plan.

“We knew they did some things well with their run game and if we could take those away and force them into some passing situations, it would be to our advantage,” he said.

Even when the Kaws committed mistakes they were quickly forgotten. The Raiders got a good kick off return and had 1st and 10 from their own 47 yard line. The Raiders decided to go for it on fourth down and seven from the Kaws’ 33 yard line. Hermesch scrambled on the play and threw the ball in the middle of the field but Immenschuh, who also plays safety, was called for pass interference and gave the Raiders another chance with a fresh set of downs.

The Raiders again went for it on fourth down from the Kaws’ 12 yard line but a completed screen pass fell short of the first down by a couple of yards.

Kellum appeared to be winded after his first touchdown and spent much of the rest of the second half on the sidelines hunched over. Kellum went back in for one more running play before the end of the half but came back out after the play appearing to be in pain.

Kellum, who was named Homecoming King at halftime, spent the entire halftime break on the bench hunched over and appeared to be done for the game. However, Kellum was a feature part of the offense in the second half and added another touchdown. Kellum finished the game with 168 yards on 15 carries and three touchdowns. Paramore said later that Kellum had an upset stomach and that some Pepto Bismol had him feeling better. He was glad his senior tailback got back into the game.

“He is a difference maker and we need him to play four strong quarters on Friday nights,” Paramore said.

The Raiders got the ball to start the second half and only down by 13 points. A score by the Raiders could have seized momentum away from the Kaws. But, senior Trevor Hastert tipped a pass and junior Tyler Andrew was in the right spot to make a diving interception. Paramore said plays like that one are not by accident.

“The interception by Tyler after it was tipped by Trevor is a great example of guys on defense hustling and running to the ball,” he said. “We continue to stress running to the ball, pursuing and giving great effort on all plays and when these thing happen we can create turnovers.”

Seven plays later Immenschuh scrambled for a nine-yard touchdown run and the Raiders never recovered. Immenschuh finished the game 15 of 20 for 168 yards and two touchdowns in addition to the rushing touchdown.

Week 3 Wrap Up

McLouth 54
Immaculata 0

The McLouth Bulldogs’ offense continued to roll and the defense got their second shut-out of the season in McLouth’s first road game.

The Bulldogs led 21-0 after one quarter and 36-0 at the half. Shawn Dailey continues to be the spark for the Bulldogs’ running game gaining 135 yards on nine carries and three touchdowns. Dailey also scored on defense when he returned a fumble 25 yards for a touchdown.

The Bulldogs’ passing game opened up a little more against the Raiders. Quarterback Marc Walbridge completed 10 of 14 passes for 191 yards and a touchdown to Dakota Cop who finished the game with three catches for 67 yards. Cop also carried the ball three times for 79 yards and a touchdown. In all the Bulldogs compiled 451 yards of total offense.

Oskaloosa 12
Sunrise Academy 31

The Oskaloosa Bears are still winless on the season after traveling to Wichita to play Sunrise Academy on Friday. On a bright note the Bears were able to get some points on the board after being held scoreless in their first two games.

Jefferson West 41
Santa Fe Trail 18

Despite two first half turnovers the Tigers took a first half lead of 14-6 into the locker room and cruised in the second half to remain undefeated on the season.

Dalton Dean, who has made the move from quarterback to tailback, had three rushing touchdowns. Dean carried the ball 10 times for 73 yards. The Tigers rushed for 198 yards.

Quarterback Ian Mullins got the Tigers’ offense rolling in the third quarter when he found Mik Barancik for a 64-yard touchdown pass. The Tigers scored 21 points in the third quarter and led 35-12 heading into the fourth quarter. Mullins completed 7 of 11 passes for 165 yards.

Valley Falls 12
Pleasant Ridge 28

The Valley Falls Dragons took an early 6-0 lead after one quarter but fell behind at the half and could never catch up to the Rams.

Luke Burns scored on a 12-yard pass from Elijah Clark, and Riley Kearney had a one-yard touchdown run for the Dragons. Clark was 3 for 3 passing with 101 yards. Gates Glassel had two catches for 77 yards.

Jefferson North 8(OT)
Maur Hill/Mt. Academy 15

The Chargers got on the board early with a first quarter touchdown run of 28 yards from Derek Belveal. Dalton Minor ran for the two-point conversion.

That would be the last time the Chargers scored. The defense allowed a 21-yard pass play in the fourth quarter to go for a touchdown and a successful two-point conversion to tie the game. The Ravens got a touchdown in overtime to win the game.

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