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Cowboys control the Rebels, win handily 42-6
The Kanab Cowboys used a bruising rushing attack to run all over the Rich Rebels last Friday night, winning 42-6, to get their second straight win.
It only took Kanab two plays to reach the end zone, as running back Karson Blomquist ran to the right side for 19 yards on the first play from scrimmage. On the very next play, which looked like the exact same play, Blomquist sprinted 47 yards to the end zone for a quick 7-0 Cowboy lead just 54 seconds into the game.
After a three and out by Rich, Kanab received a punt on their own 21 yard line and drove 79 yards in 17 plays. Quarterback Derek Houston hit tight end Kason Janes on an eight yard scoring play to push Kanab’s lead to 13-0. The time-consuming drive took most of the first quarter, as the scoring play came with 50 seconds left. The Cowboys converted a fourth and one from their own 41 to keep the drive going.
On a punt by Rich on the next series, their punter touched his knee to the ground reaching for a low snap and Kanab took over on downs on the Rich 34 yard line. On the first play Houston threw a perfect pass to a wide open Bracken McQuivey, who was at least 15 yards behind the Rich secondary. But, the ball slipped through his fingers. On the very next play, a fumbled Cowboy handoff was recovered by Rich.
After a QB sack by Janes on third down, Rich was punting the ball once again. With 1:15 left in the first half, McQuivey ran a sweep to the left, and scored from six yards out. A two-point conversion pass from Houston to Janes gave Kanab a 21-0 lead. The touchdown capped off a 66 yard drive by the Cowboys. The big plays on the drive were a 32 yard rumble by fullback Michael Warino and a 17 yard pass completion from Houston to Janes on a third and 14.
Rich returned the kickoff to their own 28. One first down later, with the help of a 46 yard pass play, they had a first and goal from the one with nine seconds left until the half. A QB sneak put the Rebels on the board, with Kanab leading 21-6 at the break.
On the second half kickoff Cowboy Kolby Federkeil set the tone for the rest of the game, crushing the kick returner as soon as he caught the ball. Rich would not score again the rest of the evening. Federkeil, who finished with 12 tackles, Janes, Bradley Haycock and Wyatt Kennedy were constantly putting pressure on the Rich quarterback trying to pass.
Good field position after a shotgun snap went over the head of Rich’s QB, and a couple QB sacks and Rich punted to Kanab. Luke Browning had a nice punt return to the Rebel 36. Four straight runs by Blomquist set up Warino’s TD on a nine yard burst up the middle and a 28-6 Kanab lead with 1:48 left to play in the third period.
On the next series McQuivey broke off a 37 yard run to set up a 24 yard dash to the end zone, his second TD of the night, for a 35-6 Cowboy lead with 10:48 left in the game.
With Kanab’s dominant defense shutting out Rich the rest of the game, McQuivey scored the final touchdown on a 24 yard dash to paydirt and a 42-6 Kanab lead with 7:50 left on the clock.
Kanab ran for 303 yards on 38 attempts for an 8.0 average per carry. Blomquist led the way with 110 yards on 10 carries, including his 47 yard TD scamper. McQuivey almost had 100 yards, picking up 92 on only eight carries, for an 11.5 yards average. Three of his eight carries ended up in the end zone, on scoring runs of six, 24 and 24 yards. Warino had the other running touchdown from nine yards out, while picking up 75 yards on nine carries.
Quarterback Derek Houston completed six of 10 passes for 58 yards and one touchdown, an eight yard toss to tight end Kason Janes.
This Friday, Kanab travels to face the Gunnison Bulldogs, with kickoff set for 7 p.m. South Central is streaming the game live at: https://socen.com/live-local-streaming/