Football: Kankakee Valley dominates undermanned Manual
By Brian Peloza Post-Tribune correspondent August 30, 2013 10:26PM
Updated: October 1, 2013 6:50AM
INDIANAPOLIS — Kankakee Valley did what was expected against an undermanned Indianapolis Manual program: dominate.
The Kougars dressed roughly 50 players, while the host Redskins had just 18 in uniform, playing their first full season since 2009 after taking a two-year hiatus from playing football and playing an abbreviated schedule last season.
It showed on the stat sheet and on the scoreboard. Manual didn’t have a single play gain positive yardage in the first quarter, as the Kougars rolled to a 60-6 win.
“If we would have not had this kind of performance we would probably had been disappointed,” KV coach Brad Stewart said, noting the disparity between program size and experience.
KV (1-1) punted just once in the first half and held a 48-6 lead after two quarters, scoring touchdowns on a run, pass, kickoff return and blocked punt. At the end of the first quarter KV had gained 211 yards, while Manual had lost 18 yards.
“I think we played with a little more enthusiasm right from the beginning,” Stewart said. “Last week (against Rensselaer) we just didn’t seem to show that fire, and this week we showed it a lot more. We feel we have the talent, size and speed, we just have to take care of the intangibles.”
KV and Manual are playing a home-and-home series, with the Redskins making the 2½ hour trip next season. The Kougars then will begin a series with Morton in 2015.
Manual’s lone highlight in the first half was Demetric Mounds’ 88-yard rushing touchdown late in the second quarter. It was immediately matched when KV junior Eric Philbrook returned the ensuing kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown.
Despite Manual’s 88-yard scoring run, the Redskins finished the first half with just 66 yards of total offense. KV had 10 tackles for a loss in the first half, while Manual committed 10 penalties.
KV also had its share of issues with penalties, as the Kougars committed six penalties for 65 yards in the first half, including five offensive holdings. KV’s opening scoring drive resulted in 92 rushing yards, despite beginning the possession at its own 21-yard line.
“I’ve got to see the film on that,” Stewart said of the penalties. “I have a feeling they call things a little differently down here than they do in the north. We’ll see as the season progresses if this is going to be a problem that will plague us or not. In my 35 years of coaching I’ve noticed different regions call a game differently, but we need to adjust accordingly.”
KV quarterback Darrick Webster had two nice touchdown passes, finding tight end Matt Myers wide open for a 53-yard scoring pass; and Riley Misch for a 29-yard score.
KV safety Jimmy Elliot returned an interception for a 56-yard score in the third quarter, as the second half was played with a running clock. Still, the game took 2 hours, 15 minutes to complete due to the numerous scores, penalties and injury timeouts.