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September 21, 2018

Cadets sport 4-0 record through September 14

By Ethan Mayes

            On Friday, August 24, the Cadet football team bested Arlington 39-22. The hot weather worked to the Cadets’ advantage, as the Eagles started playing tired in the first quarter.

Halfback Kirby Hughes opened the season with a bang, scoring on a 78 yard sweep: the first offensive play of the Cadet season. Quarterback Jesus Barragan went 2-3 for 130 yards and one touchdown.

A high-powered Cadet offense scored six touchdowns on only thirty-six plays, and a stifling defense held Arlington to one touchdown until midway through the third quarter.

Mistakes were made even though they were kept to a minimum.

The Cadets travelled to Boys Town Friday, August 31, for their week two matchup.

After receiving the opening kickoff, the Cadet offense drove down the field, scoring on an 8 yard rush by fullback Blake Anderson. The Cadets immediately got the ball back, as a result of a surprise onside kick.

Unfortunately, at the end of the first half, Barragan’s pass to flanker Kade Hughes bounced off Hughes’ hands into the hands of the defense, who returned the interception for a touchdown.

The Cadet defense allowed no points in the 33-13 beating of Boys Town; all Boys Town’s points came against WP-B’s offensive and special teams units. The Cadets committed eleven penalties for 56 yards, lost two fumbles, and threw a pick-six.

Defensively, the Cadets reached a higher level of play.

Friday, September 7, the Cadets travelled to Columbus for their second away game.

The final score was 35-28 Cadets, but that doesn’t tell the whole story. For the first three quarters, the Cadets dominated their competition.

However, the Cadets were called for fourteen penalties.

As time expired in the second quarter, wide receiver Ben Vander Griend caught a 44 yard touchdown pass by Anderson to push the lead to 28-7.

All but seven of the Shamrocks’ points came in the fourth quarter, with the seven from the first half coming on another Barragan interception.

On the last play of the game, Kade Hughes batted what would have been a game-tying touchdown pass to the ground.

Unfortunately, the Cadets sustained three injuries during the game. Blake Anderson (ankle), Kirby Hughes (shoulder), and Gage Vance (concussion) all were added to the injury list.

Friday, September 14, the Cadets hosted the Douglas County West Falcons for the Homecoming game. The Cadets scored in all three phases of the game, including three rushing and two passing scores.

Early in the second quarter, Kade Hughes recovered then tossed a Falcon fumble to linebacker Arturo Barrios, who took the ball 44 yards to the end zone for a score. Up 28-7 at halftime, Barragan returned the Falcons’ second half  kickoff 79 yards for a touchdown.

The Cadets beat DC West 47-27, after four quarters of working through adversity. Standout backs Anderson and Kirby Hughes returned despite injuries the week prior, with Hughes scoring 12 points in the first half and Anderson accounting for 8.

The Cadets reduced their penalty count from fourteen to eleven. They built on their success from the previous three weeks and reached a new level of play.

The Cadets play the Wahoo Warriors tonight. This game pits the eighth ranked Cadets against the fifth ranked Warriors. Kickoff will be at 7:00 p.m. tonight at Wahoo High School.

The Cadets last faced Wahoo in 2015, suffering a 38-6 blowout.

Head coach Troy Schlueter said, “3 years ago, both teams were very young. Both teams started a bunch of sophomores and juniors. If I recall, we controlled the clock pretty well and played competitive the whole game. I think the biggest difference from three years ago is expectations. Three years ago, everyone expected us to lose, but now we expect to be competitive every game. Going into a game, we never expect to lose. I’m excited because we’ve already got to play some of the big name schools in class C1 already - Boys Town in Boys Town, Scotus in Scotus - this week we get to play a good football team in Wahoo.”

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