Offensive line paves way to Grizzly win

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WICHITA, Kan. Coming into a showdown against Wichita Northwest, the Kapaun Mt. Carmel defense had yet to allow more than 26 points in a game. That would change when going up against the high power offense of Wichita Northwest led by Breece Hall, Roy Johnson, and Reagan Jones.

Sep, 28, 2018; Wichita, Kansas, USA; during a City League showdown between the Kapaun Mt. Carmel Crusaders and Northwest Grizzlies ©Kelly Ross

Each of the three found the end zone for the Grizzlies early and often, but if you ask them, it was the offensive line that propelled them to a 55-26 win over Kapaun Mt Carmel.

It was the Crusader offense that struck gold first. Following a fumble on the opening kick, Kapaun had an easy field to work with when quarterback Jarius Kennedy found Jacob Nye in the end zone. That would be the only Kapaun score until the third quarter.

Breece Hall showed flashes of why he is heading to Iowa State next fall. The senior running back mixed speed and power to move the chains for the Grizzlies.

“We’re averaging almost 500 yards of offense a game,” said Hall. “It is all because of them. They’re getting their blocks, setting their blocks and they’re giving Reagan [Jones] time to throw and they’re giving me and Roy [Johnson] holes to run through.”

Hall found the end zone multiple times on Friday night, including the final touchdown on a direct snap from the one-yard line.

Head coach Steve Martin echoed Hall in his praise for the big guys up front.

“Our offensive line did an amazing job tonight and they won the game in the trenches. I thought they were physical and got off the ball and gave number one and number five some lanes,” said Martin.

With the win, the Grizzlies now sit alone at the top of the City League standings -- the only undefeated team remaining.

They will travel to Garden City next where the Buffaloes have won two straight games following an 0-3 start. Kapaun Mt. Carmel will look to get back into the win column in the Holy War against Bishop Carroll who also lost to Northwest 23-22 in week one.


Sep, 28, 2018; Wichita, Kansas, USA; during a City League showdown between the Kapaun Mt. Carmel Crusaders and Northwest Grizzlies ©Kelly Ross