“I’m real proud of this group. Getting to this game is always our goal. This group started off slow at 2-3, and we faced a tough early schedule. We do that on purpose. This group was mature enough to handle it. They never got their heads down. They came back and they knew what had to be done. To come back and defeat Park Hills last week after losing to them earlier in the season was a feat in itself. It was the first time this group had ever beaten them in football. That was something we were real proud of.”–Head Coach Ken Weik
The scoreboard read 40-0 as the horn sounded to end Friday night’s district championship game at Kennett High School. The host Indians thrashed the Ste. Gen Dragons and outgained them offensively, 384-169. But Kennett did not cruise. They had to work for their points. The team is undefeated at 12-0 as it advances to a state quarterfinal game, hosting Roosevelt Saturday at 2 p.m.
“I’m going to miss it all. Practices, games, all the drills…all that stuff. But I think the one thing I’ll miss above everything else is the camaraderie that we had, especially on the o-line. The coaches at SGHS are the best around, not only at coaching football, but good life coaches too. Over the years. I’ve learned some really good stuff from coaches on all levels of high school ball.”–Senior OG/DE Kaleb Roth
The Dragons opened the game on offense and put up a fairly impressive drive. It was clear the objective was to keep the ball out of Kennett’s offense’s hands. The first drive stalled after a couple of first downs. Ste. Gen was able to pass and run fairly effectively, and they held on to the ball for a little over four minutes. Ste. Gen was forced to punt, and unfortunately, it was blocked, leaving the Indians a very short field as they began their first possession at the Dragons’ 20-yard-line.
“What I will remember the most is the guys that I worked my tail off with for four years. They pushed to do the one more rep, or not to miss a day, and that built a tight bond over the years knowing that we didn’t have any freak athletes, we just wanted to win that much more.”–Senior TE/DB Jesse Kemper
It didn’t take the Indians long to cash in. A 20 yard scamper on the first play hit paydirt for Kennett. The two point conversion was missed, but with 7:01 remaining in the first quarter, Kennett was on top 6-0.
“I’m going to remember the guys I played with, and the memories that we created throughout our football careers.”–Senior C/DE Coy Flieg
The first quarter would end with the Dragons behind by just those six points. And despite the Dragons wanting to keep the ball away from Kennett, the Indians were content in grinding out yards on the ground as well. Kennett would run the ball 34 times and pass it just five times throughout the night. A four yard rushing TD with 9:25 remaining in the half, plus the two point conversion, put the Indians up 14-0.
“We started out rough, as most people saw and heard. We were the team no one was scared of. Then, like the snap of a finger, everything clicked, and we were on the right track. Our biggest goal was to go as far as possible and beat Central. We did both. We hadn’t beaten Central in years, and hadn’t made it to the final district game in a while either.”–Senior RB/LB Austin Bullock
The backbreaking score may have come with with just 46 clicks left on the clock before halftime. The Indians were able to push across the goal line from two yards out, and add the two point conversion to take a 20-0 lead into the break.
“Defeating Central was a big thing for us, but also just how selfless our team was, and how we worked together which really made us better as a whole.”–Senior C/DE Evan Walker
Since Kennett won the toss before the game and deferred, they took the ball in the second half. The Ste. Gen defense played very well during certain parts of the contest, and kept their hosts out of the endzone for most of the quarter. The Dragons offense just couldn’t sustain any drives, however. Finally, with 5:09 left in the quarter, the Indians completed one of two passes on the night. This one was good from 23 yards out for the score. With the two point conversion, it was 28-0 Indians.
“I will remember playing with my best friends, not just this year, but freshmen year all the way until now. It’s rare to find people with stronger bonds than football players have with each other. Looking back years from now, this will definitely be what I’ll miss.”–Senior WR/DB Jacob Boyer
To add insult to injury, with just 2:05 to go in the third quarter, and the Dragons having hemmed the Indians deep in their own territory, Kennett got an 89 yard TD run to make it 34-0 Kennett.
“I will remember the memories I made with my teammates the most, for sure.”–Senior WR/DB Charles Finley
The final score of the ballgame came with 6:43 to go in the game on a 45 yard TD run. The extra point was blocked to make it 40-0.
“This year our team built leadership and set the standard for the underclassmen. Our quarterback (Logan Gegg) said we don’t win by having a moral victory, we win by beating the heck out of the other teams that we played. That’s one thing I can walk away from and be happy about. And this is a team that doesn’t want it given to them. We work hard and show good sportsmanship. And next year, I look forward to seeing that in the underclassmen.”–Senior OT/DE Clayton Kreitler
Austin Bullock ran well for the Dragons, rushing for 86 yards on 19 carries. But that was just about all the team could get on the ground, as the next rusher with the most yardage was Clayton Kreitler with ten yards. Gegg was seven of 13 passing for 55 yards.
“I’ll always remember being with my friends every day at practice, and always having fun with the coaches we had.”–Senior QB/DB Logan Gegg
Jesse Kemper caught four of Gegg’s passes for 47 yards. Bryce Trollinger caught a pass for eight yards. Gegg also actually caught a pass from Bullock which gained 12 yards.
“Our team dealt with a lot of adversity this year, especially in the beginning of the season. The way we came together after the 2-3 start shows how much we began to trust each other, and the work we put in all offseason. Because of this, I love and thank every single one of those guys, and wouldn’t trade it for anything.”–Senior RB/LB Koby Hatfield
The Dragons didn’t commit a turnover in the contest. They did themselves proud. They finished the season 8-4, and as so many of them pointed out, continued to build a culture for future teams. It was an honor to cover these young men this season.
“I think what a lot of my teammates and myself will take away from this season is the power of honest hard work and effort. Most, if not all, of our accomplishments were not because of having one guy that does it all for us. It’s because we had 11 guys on the field at all times that wanted to do whatever it took to win.”–Senior WR/DB Bryce Trollinger