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Kapaun defeats East 29-22 in fourth quarter comeback

Published: Sep. 11, 2021 at 12:13 AM CDT
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WICHITA, Kan. (Catch it Kansas) - After a dominating defensive performance in the first half by East, Kapaun scored 15 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to take down the Blue Aces 29-22.

With the win the Crusaders move on to 2-0 to start the season.

“I’d rather win a game like this one then a 55-0 blow out like last week,” Kapaun Head Coach Weston Schartz said. “This game shows we have a lot of heart and a lot of fight in us. I’m proud of this team.”

Kapaun would strike first on a long touchdown pass from Dylan Hamilton to Isaac Schmitz to put the Crusaders up 7-0 in the first quarter.

However, East would control the momentum for the rest of the half after a blocked punt allowed the Blue Aces to take over deep in Crusader territory.

On the ensuing drive, a 23-yard run from Nick Dooley and a successful 2-point conversion gave East a 8-7 lead with 9:37 to play in the second quarter.

The Blue Aces would go into the break with a 16-7 lead after a 1-yard plunge from Daeonte’ Mitchell and another successful 2-point conversion.

“We were not making plays and we weren’t tackling well at all in the first half,” Schartz said. “I’m going to put the game plan in the first half on my shoulders because it wasn’t a good defensive game plan and the kids overcame my poor coaching in the second half.”

Kapaun would strike first after the break on a fade route to cut the deficit to 16-14 with 7:56 to play in the third quarter.

East responded, finding the end zone on a 7-yard run. They failed to convert on the 2-point play.

A botched punt set the Crusaders up deep in Blue Ace territory, and with 7:37 left to play Will Doolittle would find the end zone on a 12-yard touchdown run.

The Crusaders capitalized on the two-point conversion, with Hamilton connecting with Doolittle in the end zone to tie the game at 22 all.

“My team made a lot of plays for me tonight,” Hamilton said. “We had some off plays in the first half but we got it together and got our confidence back and started making plays. We finally wore them down a little bit.”

With 2:01 to play, Hamilton connected with William Thengvall for an 18-yard touchdown pass on 3rd and 14 to give Kapaun its first lead since the first quarter and complete the 29-22 comeback win.

“It feels great to be 2-0 but we got a big game against Northwest next week,” Schartz said. “We are excited to be in big games again and it’s a good feeling.”

With the loss, East drops to 0-2 on the season and will take on Southeast next,

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