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There was a giddiness to Kapauns postgame singing of its school song after beating Heights 20-7 at Cessna Stadium to improve to 4-0. There were some helmets thrust into the air, some heads nodding in appreciation and too many smiles to count.
A win over one of the City Leagues top programs in the past 15 years will do that for a team.
Kapaun Mount Carmel coach Dan Adelhardt hasnt taken victories for granted in his tenure. But theres no doubt that 2012s 3-6 season increased his appreciation of any win.
Ive learned the hard way that any win, I dont care when it is, its valuable, Adelhardt said. I cherish every win. Last year, thats part of it. You cherish it. The hard times make you.
But Adelhardt isnt getting lost in this 4-0 start.
We want to win more games, he said. I told the kids, are you satisfied with beating Heights, opponent 4? Its a good win. Its a measuring stick.
Kapaun played a physical game and held Heights running game in check.
While Heights quarterback Trenton Autry had 105 rushing yards by the third quarter, his final five carries were for minus-25 yards. In the final period, Heights had minus-13 rushing yards.
We just keep to our assignments and play as a team, said Kapaun senior running back and linebacker Ethan Harp, who had a sack to go with 32 rushing yards in the fourth quarter.
Harp is a playmaker, one of a handful of Crusaders who play offense and defense.
We have to play some kids both ways, and hes good, and he wanst to play both ways, Adelhardt said. Hes tough, hes quality. We need him in the fourth quarter, and he gets stronger and he gets stronger.
Kapaun quarterback Brock Monty agreed.
He runs the ball and he doesnt want to come off the field on offense, Monty said. The coaches have to pull him out. I love when hes in the backfield. I feel a lot better when hes in the backfield.
Kapauns defensive line has taken a hit in the past two weeks, losing Colton Ocker and Ben Norris to knee injuries. But Kapaun only gave up five plays of 10 or more yards to the speedy Heights backs, and the Crusaders sacked Autry three times.
Kapauns game wasnt flawless there were penalties and two fumbles.
But the Crusaders took nearly every Heights mistake three fumbles and 64 yards of penalties and capitalized.
We turned the ball over, said Heights coach Terry Harrison, whose team is 2-2. Penalties and turnovers. Thats what happened. Hats off to Kapaun. Theyre a great team. We feel if we dont turn the ball over and dont commit as many turnovers, then were right where we need to be.
Heights moved the ball well on its opening series, getting to the Kapaun 29. But on first down, junior Michael Lickteig sacked Autry. Heights followed with a false start, and two plays later, turned it over on downs at the Kapaun 28.
Heights took its second possession to the Kapaun 16, but Autry fumbled. On Kapauns second play, an incompletion on second-and-14, Heights was flagged for interference.
Kapaun senior Devin Dempsey took the next play 73 yards for the first touchdown.
Our defense kind of struggled at the beginning, give up big plays, giving up a drive we havent given up, said Monty, who had an 8-yard touchdown run and finished with 53 rushing yards and 67 passing. When Devin got that run, it gave everyone a little bit more energy. Gave everyone that jumpstart that we needed.
On the touchdown, Dempsey was penalized for celebrating, and with the penalty coming on the kickoff, Heights got a nice return to the Kapaun 47. Nine plays later, Tre King scored on a 1-yard run to tie the score at 7-all with 9:26 to go in the second quarter.
But after Heights answered a Kapaun fumble with its own fumble, the Crusaders drove 45 yards on seven plays for Montys score and the lead it wouldnt lose with 5:16 to go in the first half.
Momentum is a huge part, Harp said. We had a couple mistakes, but we were able to capitalize and get our momentum back.
|Heights (2-2, 1-2)||0||7||0||0||||7|
|Kapaun (4-0, 4-0)||7||7||6||0||||20|
K Dempsey 73 run (Singer kick)
H King 1 run (Rodriguez kick)
K Monty 8 run (Singer kick)
K Harp 1 run (blocked kick)
RushingHeights, Autry 23-80, Batiste 14-70, Wiley 5-34, King 9-17, Smallwood 4-11, McCray 1-3. Kapaun, Dempsey 6-87, Monty 13-53, Harp 11-48, Norris 8-42, Williams 2-9.
PassingHeights, Autry 0-5-0-0. Kapaun, Monty 4-8-67-0.
ReceivingKapaun, Norris 1-32, Puritty 1-25, McGrath 2-10.