Kearney too much for Liberty
By Joe Caronia PrepsKC Staff Writer
The Kearney Bulldogs were too much for the Liberty Blue Jays, as the Bulldogs ran their record to 2-0, in a 49-14 victory in Kearney on Friday night.
The scoring started for the Bulldogs, on their first possession when senior quarterback Logan Hinck hooked up with Jess Davis for a 12 yard touchdown pass. Kicker Dawson was Goepferich made the conversion
Later in the first quarter, Hinck went over the top, on a seam route to Davis who made the catch and 83 yards for his second score. Goepferch converted again and the Bulldogs were up 14 - 0.
On the last play of the first quarter, Blue Jays tailback, sophomore Robert Rawie made one cut and out ran the defense for a 71 yard touchdown run. Nick Kern made the kick and after one quarter, the Blue Jays trailed 14 - 7.
Bulldog Head Coach Greg Jones talked about his team’s defensive adjustments.
“I thought we played pretty solid after we got out of the first quarter” Jones said. “I think they had us on our heels in the first quarter. We were reacting to what they were doing instead of playing our assignments.”
The Bulldogs scored twice more in the second quarter. The first was a 1 yard plunge from Cale Garrett, and the second was 8 yard run from Hinck. Goepferich converted both kicks and the teams went to the half with the Bulldogs leading 28 - 7.
The Bulldogs continued to roll after the half. Hinck scored again on a 4 yard run. Goepferich converted the kick but he was not finished. On the ensuing kickoff Goepferich executed a “Surprise on-side kick”, and recovered it himself. After the game Goepferich smiled as he talked about recovering his own kick.
“I was pumped when they called it, everybody else was talking about it,” Goepferich said. “We just executed and it was an easy pick up.”
This gave the Bulldogs a short field and Davis found the end zone again, this time with a 24 yard run.
The Kearney defense put up their last score of the game, when Cale Garrett picked of a Blue Jay pass and returned it 18 yards for the score. Goepferich converted his seventh PAT of the night.
The Blue Jays played hard until the final whistle and the scored on a perfect, “Out and up,” of 24 yards from Ryan Potts to Xavier Hinkle. Kern added the final point of the game.
The Blue Jays dropped to 0-2 and will be looking for their first win at home against Raymore-Peculiar.
The Bulldogs will try to stay undefeated as the host Liberty North next week.
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