Holden one step from state title game
By Joe Caronia PrepsKC staff writer
The Holden Eagles, on the legs of their all everything running back, Max Mickey, defeated the Lathrop Mules 48-27. The win means that the Eagles will play Blair Oaks next week for the right to play in the state championship.
The Eagles received the opening kickoff and drove the ball the length of the field and Mickey scored from 3 yards out. Alex Haun kick was no good, so the Eagles led 6-0.
The Mules turned the ball over when quarterback Brandon Maddick was picked off by Jordan Sullins. Sullins was rewarded when Jeff Miller hit Sullins for a 26 yard touchdown pass. Mickey ran for the two point conversion making the score14-0.
Lathrop got on the board when Robert Askern took a reverse for a 25 yard touchdown. Grant Berg’s kick was blocked and the score was 14-6 at the end of the first quarter.
On the next drive, the Eagles moved the ball down the field with two long runs Mickey. Mickey then carried the ball over the goal line from 1 yard out. Again the PAT was blocked, Holden was ahead 20-6.
At 5:18 of the second quarter Maddick passed into the end zone, the pass was tipped and Brandon Stimelsky caught the deflected pass for a touchdown. Askern’s two point run was stopped short, so the score was 20-12.
The Eagles answered when Miller dropped back, making the play look like a pass, but he handed off to Mickey on a, “draw.” Mickey followed his blockers 26 yards for his third touchdown of the half. Miller hit fullback Austin Tevis for the two point pass and the score was 28-12.
That score did not last for long, because Stimelsky returned ensuing kickoff 86 yards for a Mules touchdown. Maddick hit Tyson May for the 2 point pass and the score at half-time was 28-20.
The Eagles extended their lead when Mickey went 35 yards for his fourth touchdown of the day. The two point pass was incomplete making the score 34-20.
At 7:08 of the third quarter Tyson May snaked a 55 yard run for a touchdown. Berg’s kick was true and the score was 34-27.
The rest of the game belonged to the Eagles. Mickey scored his fifth and final touchdown on a 1 yard run. The last touchdown of the game was a bruising 14 yard by Tevis, right up the middle. Haun converted his last two PAT’s making the final score 48-27.
After the game Holden Head Coach Mike Hedrick talked about his running backs big day.
“He had 41 carries against Higginsville, and they are a tough team,” Hedrick said. “He is over 3,200 yards, and we only throw about 10 percent of the time, they know he is going to get it. And most of those yards came while he is following his fullback, (Tevis).”
Mickey also gave credit to his line but also praised his fullback.
“We, (Tevis) have a special bond, and I have so much faith in him, that wherever he leads me I will follow,” Mickey said. “All of team does such a good job, I just wait for my block and then, cut.”
Tevis summed up the “Team” attitude the best.
“It is an honor to block for Mickey, he is such a great athlete that if I get a piece of my man, he can do the rest,” Tevis said. “It was nice that I got a touchdown but if he is carrying the load, it’s a good game.”
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