Cambridge gets win over Plainsmen
By Tim Linscott
Still getting some of the kinks worked out of the system, the Perkins County Schools football squad went on the road Sept. 27 and was on the losing end of a 38-8 contest.
Plainsmen head coach Carlie Wells explained there were several factors for the loss, namely ‘self-inflicted penalties, missed blocking assignments and poor tackling.’
On a bright note, however, he feels the defense is beginning to develop their field vision.
“I would say defensively we are recognizing formations better and getting lined up,” Wells said. “We have to eliminate our mental errors, block better and tackle.”
With 7:34 left in the first quarter Cambridge knocked in a TD and the point-after attempt was no good, giving the Trojans a 6-0 lead. Two minutes later Cambridge struck again with a 36-yard TD strike with the PAT no good. PCS was down by two scores, 12-0, by the end of the first quarter.
Cambridge had two sustained drives that resulted in scores, both short runs into the endzone. The Plainsmen were down 26-0 at the half.
Late in the third period Cambridge would tack on one more TD, a 35-yard pass play, to move up to a 32-0 advantage.
With 4:00 left in the game a Cambridge drive ended with a 15-yard run putting the Trojans up 38-0.
With time winding down in the game sophomore Tristen Kennicutt of PCS slashed through the Cambridge defense for a 66-yard TD run. Kiffen Cook darted in the two-point conversion and the Plainsmen were on the board, down 38-8 with 1:10 left in the contest.
Cambridge posted 339 total offense while PCS had 206. In the air Christian White was 6 of 15 for 61 yards and two interceptions.
On the ground the Plainsmen were led by junior Kaleb Vak, carrying the ball 14 times for 73 yards. Kennicutt had the one run for 66 yards and a TD while Timothy Johnson picked up 24 yards on 11 carries. Kiffen Cook ended the game with 10 yards on three carries.
Top receiver on the night for PCS was Johnson, picking up 53 yards on five catches. Johnson’s longest catch was for 26 yards.
Brennan Toner had eight yards receiving on one reception.
Vak led the defense with two solo and six assisted stops including one sack. Johnson had four solo and four assisted tackles against the Trojans and Chase Miyamoto picked up four solo and two assisted tackles in the game. Trevor Walker helped the PCS cause on defense with two solo and three assisted tackles.
This week the Plainsmen head to Kimball (2-3). Kimball defeated Mitchell last week in an offensive shoot-out, 61-40, behind a 266 rushing yard performance by junior Johnathon Withrow.
Wells and his crew have a plan to contain Withrow and shut down the offense of Kimball.
“We just have to play sound defense and tackle better. We just have to execute our plays. We need to be confident and attack them up front,” Wells said.