By Mike Motz
Sidney Sun-Telegraph 

Storm Blasts Past Potter-Dix 64-16


October 9, 2019

Mike Motz

Potter-Dix freshman Jayden Shoemaker goes for the kill while Creek Valley's Chloe Stupka and Catie Koenen put up a block during the Lady Coyote's 3-1 match victory in Chappell Friday night.

Creek Valley's Storm 6-Man Football team continued its' historic season, easily dispatching the visiting Potter-Dix Coyotes 64-to-16 on a chilly and wet Friday night to remain undefeated and raise their record to 6-and-0 on the season. The Coyotes had struggled all season long, and the loss of starters Donnie Moench and Luke Kasten to injuries made the task of matching up against the physical and speedy Storm even more daunting. At kickoff, the persistent mist in the air made the ball slippery, and the Coyotes again had problems holding onto the football. On their first offensive play, Potter-Dix freshman quarterback Ben Johnson fumbled the snap and lost five yards. After an offsides penalty by Creek Valley, Potter-Dix could not gain any yards and again fumbled on third down. After punting the ball back to midfield, Creek Valley took over, and on their second play senior Patrick Hansen broke free and outran the Coyote's secondary for a touchdown, and after the point after kick was blocked, the Storm had a 6-to-0 lead.

After a Potter-Dix four and out, Creek Valley took over and another big gain put them in a first and goal to go on the two yard yard line. Hansen swept around the right side for a touchdown, and after the point after the Storm was up 14-to-0.

Potter-Dix's fortunes did not change as Hansen recovered another Coyote fumble deep in Potter-Dix territory, and sprinted into the endzone for another Storm touchdown to extend the lead to 20-to-0. With a swarming defense anchored by Hasen, junior Oakly Hodges and sophomore Drew Fraass, Creek Valley effectively stopped and shut down the Coyote's rushing attack. Even when the Coyote's runners were able to gain some separation, they were stopped by hard hitting open field tackles by the Storm defenders.

Potter-Dix was able to get a good start on their next possession as the Creek Valley kickoff sailed out of bounds, but even though Coyote sophomore Jared Anton was able to gain some rushing yards Potter-Dix was again forced to punt. Potter-Dix finally caught a break as on third down, a Hansen pass was intercepted by senior Terell Gray for the Coyotes. But Potter-Dix could not move the ball, and yet again punted on fourth down. Hansen then again was able to cut through the Coyote defense for another long run, and the lead was extended to 26-to-0. Creek Valley continued to stop the Coyotes cold on offense while continuing to score touchdowns, and the teams went into halftime with the Storm leading 50-to-0. Potter-Dix finally scored against the Creek Valley reserves late in the third quarter, and added another score in the fourth and the game ended in a 64-to-16 Creek Valley victory.

Creek Valley head coach Joe Kupper was pleased with the effort his team put out on the field, saying, "I felt like the boys came out and performed well from the beginning. Odd weather has a way of messing with the minds of high school football players, and our guys did a good job of ignoring the weather and executing the game plan."

Hansen had another outstanding game for the Storm, completing six of nine passes for 116 yards and three touchdowns while rushing for 85 yards on five carries with four touchdowns. Junior Justin Ningen caught three passes for 82 yards and two touchdowns, while Hansen and Fraass each had nine tackles to lead the defense. Anton lead the Potter-Dix offense with 60 yards rushing on 11 carries with a touchdown. Anton and sophomore Anthony Tovar led the defense with seven tackles each.


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