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Quick Start Carries Holton Past Perry Lecompton
By Justin Fluke
Copyright: MSC Sports

The Holton Wildcats posted their second straight win and used a 24-0 first quarter blitz to defeat Perry Lecompton 32-12 and start district play 1-0. The visitors needed just 16 total plays to score touchdowns on their first three offensive drives while the Holton defense allowed only one first down and forced a pair of three-and-outs to start the game and set the tone. The second half was pretty sloppy, but Holton still outgained Perry 396 to 215 total yards to secure the Big 7 win. 

The end of the first half had quite the turn of events as the Holton defense made a goal-line stand at the one-yard-line, only to fumble their next offensive play and allow to the Kaws to get on the board with less than a minute to go in the half on a Tristan Gorden to Eli Dean one-yard TD pass. Yet, one of Holton's biggest drives of the game came even later in the second quarter as Eli Hallauer had a long kickoff return and then following a Perry penalty ran options plays for 27 and 8 yards to score a touchdown and put Holton ahead 32-6 at halftime.

The Kaws got the only points of the second half on a quick four-play drive as Koltyn Kaniper ran in from four yards out to pull Perry withing 32-12 with 10:01 left in the third period. Holton drove the field but a costly penalty in the redzone created a 4th and 17 play they could not convert. The Wildcats then fumbled the ball for the fifth time on the night on their next drive and lost it after recovering a couple of their own fumbles in the first half. One of which Abbott Hundley picked up and ran 68 yards for a touchdown and the other was a Wildcat fumble into the endzone recovered by Jackson Bear. 

The Cats were penalized 10 times for 84 yards. Hundley led the ground game that averaged more than 8 yards per carry with 186 yards on 16 totes while Kyler Jackson ran for 91 yards on 14 carries and scored the first Holton touchdown while also adding three of the four successful two-point-conversion runs as the Cats played without their place kicker. Cael Frazier added 75 yards and Hallauer finished with 36 as Holton evened their record at 2-2 and host league and district foe Royal Valley next week on homecoming. 

Perry Lecompton averaged less than two yards per carry with 54 rushing yards and a 12-22 passing day for 161 yards. The Kaws turned the ball over on their final two possessions of the game. Eli Dean had 39 yards rushing and caught four passes for 48 yards and a score as the Kaws fell to 1-3 overall.  Perry will play another district game at Hayden in week five. 

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