Cyclones strike early and often in 64-0 HoCo romp
HARLAN (Sept. 24) -- While unofficial, it’s probably safe to say the Harlan Community football team tied a world record Friday on its first three plays from scrimmage.
Three plays, three touchdowns.
And a 22-0 lead just five minutes into a Homecoming mismatch vs. Saydel.
The top-ranked (3A) Cyclones would add five more first-half scores before finishing off the winless Eagles 64-0 on a great night for football at Merrill Field.
HCHS quarterback Teagon Kasperbauer fired four TD passes in the first quarter - three of them to Joey Moser - Aidan Hall also scored three touchdowns, King Kemper Gorden notched three tackles and every Cyclone player that suited up got in the game.
The Cyclones scored on all nine of their offensive series, improving to 5-0 overall and winning their opening game in Class 3A, District 6. Saydel dropped to 0-5 and 0-1.
“We were looking for some big plays and we got ‘em, and when guys were called on they made big plays. That’s kind of what it boils down to,” said HCHS head coach Todd Bladt. “We were a little faster than them and we were able to kind of capitalize on some mistakes. They had some fun and it was a good Homecoming victory.”
Bladt added: “The good news is we got a lot of guys in and got a lot of guys playing time. We don’t have a JV game (vs. Saydel), we (didn’t) have a freshmen game. Not having a game on Monday... those guys got out there and got after it and we got some seniors some good playing time, and now we can evaluate them and kind of show them what they can do better.”
The Cyclones ran just 14 plays in the first half but scored on seven of them while racking up 367 yards. The Eagles finished the first half with only 24 yards and one first down.
The Cyclones finished the first half up 50-0 with 144 rushing yards on just four carries (Hall was 3-for-88) and Kasperbauer completing 7-of-10 passes for 223 yards and four TDs. Moser’s three scoring receptions covered 118 yards and Hall had two catches for 74.
HCHS will hit the road the next two Friday nights, playing at Atlantic (1-4, 0-1) this week and at ADM (4-1, 1-0) on October 8.
Full story in Sept. 28 Harlan Tribune
Harlan Community 64, Saydel 0
HCHS: Joey Moser 62-yd. pass from Teagon Kasperbauer (Stephen Leinen kick) - 1st qt., 11:43.
HCHS: Aidan Hall 51-yd. pass from Kasperbauer (Jameson Bieker run) - 1st qt., 9:37.
HCHS: Moser 27-yd. pass from Kasperbauer (Leinen kick) - 1st qt., 6:53.
HCHS: Moser 29-yd. pass from Kasperbauer (kick failed) - 1st qt., 2:26.
HCHS: Hall 6-yd. run (Leinen kick) - 2nd qt., 11:01.
HCHS: Hall 70-yd. run (Leinen kick) - 2nd qt., 6:14.
HCHS: Luke Musich 56-yd. run (Franz Reisz pass from Brad Curren) - 2nd qt., 2:44.
HCHS: Noah Schmitz 3-yd. run (Leinen kick) - 3rd qt., 2:40.
HCHS: N. Schmitz 10-yd. run (Ashton Lyon kick) - 4th qt., 6:21.
3 First Downs 14
26-28 Rush att.-Yards 18-227
38 Passing Yards 223
66 Total Yards 450
3-13-0 Comp.-Att.-Int. 7-10-0
0-0 Fumbles-lost 1-0
7-40.3 Punts-avg. 0-0
2-10 Penalties-yards 1-5
Harlan Community Individual Stat Leaders
Rushing -- Luke Musich 5-92, Aidan Hall 3-88, Noah Schmitz 7-38, Hayden Soma 1-7. Passing -- Teagon Kasperbauer 7-10-0, 223. Receiving -- Joey Moser 3-118, Aidan Hall 2-74, Connor Frame 1-26.
Punt returns -- Musich 2-49, Frame 1-35. Kickoff return -- Moser 1-27.
Kickoffs -- Leinen 8-463 (57.9), 4 touchbacks; Finn Skrybeck 2-87 (43.5).
Tackles -- Lucas Stanley 0s/7a, Matthew Sorfonden 1s/5a, Alex Monson 1s/5a, Ben Alberti 4s/1a, Soma 2s/2a, Garrett Assmann 1s/2a, Kemper Gorden 0s/3a.
Tackles for loss -- Monson 1s/1a, Reisz 1s/0a, Stanley 0s/1a.
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