Lathrop ends Penney's regular season streak
By Joe Caronia PrepsKC staff writer
In the first KCI League game for both schools the Lathrop Mules stopped the Penny Hornets 37-15 in a wild, hard hitting game. With the win Lathrop became the first team to beat Penney in a regular season game since 2008.
Lathrop moved to 3-0 led by Senior Robert Askern who put his mark in the game in every way, offense, defense, and special teams.
Early in the first quarter Askern blocked a punt giving his team good field position.
“I was lined up on the left side and coach, (Mike Thompson) did not call for the block, but I thought I could get it,” Askern said of the early big play.
The Mules failed to score on that drive, but eventually their defense scored as safety as Hornets running back Kellen Overstreet took a deep hand off and could not get out of his own endzone.
With less than a minute before half time Askern took a hand-off from quarterback Deryk Thompson and scampered 15 yards around the end for a touchdown. Grant Berg converted the kick and Lathrop went to half time with a 9-0 lead.
The Hornets had a long drive that ended with a 15 yard touchdown pass from Drew Finch to Jordan Pickrell. The kick made the score 9-7.
The fourth quarter was when the fireworks started. The Mules started with a 46 yard touchdown strike from Thompson to Askern. Berg converted the kick and the score was 16-7. The Mules struck again when Josh Hartzell scored on a 49 yard run. Berg again was true making it 23-7.
The Hornets returned the ensuing kickoff to the 18-yard line, and on the next play Overstreet streaked 82 yards for the score. The two-point pass was good when Drew Finch’s pass was deflected to running back Keithan Litton who fought to get the ball over the goal line.
Less than one minute later Askern ran 64 yards right up the middle for his third touchdown.
Then for good measure he intercepted a pass and went 36 yards for the pick-six, scoring his fourth touchdown of the game and making the final score 37-25.
After the game Lathrop coach Mike Thompson was proud of his team.
“That was a great battle,” Mike Thompson said. “Everyone thought this was going to be a shoot-out, but that first half could half easily been scoreless.”
When Thompson was asked about the play of Askern, he said:
“As good as he is on offense he is going to be an excellent safety,” Thompson said. “He has put on 25 pounds and he can hit you.”
The Mules will be on the road next as the travel to West Platte. Penny drops to 2-1 and will host Mid-Buchanan next week.
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