Kelly football in control against St. Vincent, moves above .500 for first time in program history

Saturday, September 2, 2017
Kelly quarterback Christian Worley looks downfield for receivers in this Aug. 18, 2017, file photo. The Hawks defeated St. Vincent 38-6 on Friday to move above .500 for the first time in the program's four-year history.
Chris Pobst ~ Sikeston Standard-Democrat

PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Kelly football coach Lance Powers summed things up as he walked off the field at St. Vincent on Friday night.

"It's a good night to be a Hawk."

The fourth-year program has already shown signs of growth early in the season but, just a week removed from snapping a 15-game losing skid, it downright dominated St. Vincent, scoring on the second play of the game, controlling the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball and rolling to a 38-6 victory in Perryville, Missouri.

The result moves the Hawks to 2-1 on the season and marks the first time in program history that they have had a winning record.

"For the first time in Kelly history the team's 2-1. That's exciting. That's exciting stuff," Powers said.

"Right now, we're excited. We're super excited. I think we played better this week than last week. ... The players are so excited right now, they're proud of their effort, they're proud of the work that they put in, and they should be. I'm excited for them.

"We try to break the season down into thirds and, hey, we won the first third of the season."

The Indians (0-3) struggled to control any aspect of the game, finishing with negative yardage on the ground, struggling to consistently move the ball through the air and flat out unable to stop a Kelly rushing attack that chewed up yards and clock.

"We did not come out ready to play," St. Vincent coach Nathan Rowland said. "That's what went wrong. Lifeless in pregame, lifeless at the start of the game, and you can't play high school football like that. You may be able to get away with that in some JV games ... but high school football, they're going to run you.

"We just had a very poor showing. It was just a game we're going to put behind us and not think about for a while, because that's not Indian football. That's not how we coach them to play. That's not what we've tried to build for four years. That was something else."

Kelly freshman Evan Urhahn ran 28 times for 205 yards and two touchdowns, his second consecutive 200-yard rushing performance.

Urhahn broke off a 25-yard rush on the game's first play from scrimmage, and on the second he got loose for a 52-yard touchdown run, as the visitors grabbed a 7-0 lead just 38 seconds into the game.

"It just sets the tone for us," Kelly senior offensive lineman Harrison Marshall said. "It feels like every time we have the ball first we're going to set the tone like that. It's our money play. Every time, 26 Power, that's our money play. You run that with Evan and you can bet on it every time."

Less than a minute into the game and Kelly took control and looked a far cry from anything it put on the field in a winless 2016.

"This is surreal. I can't even explain it," Marshall said. "It all started in the weight room. Almost all of us were in there every day grinding, looking to not go 0-10 anymore. With that little bad taste in our mouth. Getting two wins on top of each other? It's like Christmas. There's nothing better."

The Hawks finished with 359 yards of total offense, including 316 rushing yards on 53 carries.

Luis Logeman added 13 rushes for 61 yards and a touchdown for the visitors.

The Indians finished with 12 carries for -23 yards on the ground and just 79 yards of total offense on 38 plays.

Tyler Wibbenmeyer -- still filling in at quarterback for Garrett Dobbelare, who is recovering from mononucleosis -- finished the night 11-for-26 for 102 yards.

The home side's lone score came in the third quarter, already trailing 32-0, when Austin Dauster returned a kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown in the final minute of the period.

"When you can't run the ball, can't throw the ball and can't stop the run, you're not going to win many games," Rowland said. "That's what it was all night. All night we're catching their guys and they're pushing us back five, six yards. It's just a disappointing performance and effort. We'll have to reboot."

Christian Worley was 4-for-10 for 43 yards and two touchdowns for Kelly. He also ran for an 8-yard TD with 1:05 left in the first quarter, giving the Hawks a 14-0 advantage.

St. Vincent had an opportunity to answer Worley's score as it drove down the field all the way to Kelly's 36-yard line early in the second quarter. That's where the Indians faced third-and-1 and an opportunity to cut the deficit in half and snag some momentum. Instead, Logeman broke through the line and sacked Wibbenmeyer for an 8-yard loss, forcing the hosts to punt the ball away.

"They kind of turned it up right there," Powers said. "Luis is doing a great job stepping in at that Mike (linebacker position) and he's got a nose for the ball. We love that about him and he's doing a great job finding the ball. It's just fun to watch these guys firing."

Pressure on Wibbenmeyer was a theme all night.

"We had some great pressure tonight -- Gavin Childers, Nelson Shadwick and Luke Irby Casey -- they did a great job tonight getting pressure," Powers said, "and the 'backers are there to clean it up. It's exciting to watch right now."

St. Vincent crossed midfield just one more time all game, as it pinned Kelly back late in the second quarter and took advantage of field position to start its drive at the Hawks' 37-yard line with 32 seconds left on the clock.

A pair of completions from Wibbenmeyer to Matt Rellergert and Johny Hotop set up first-and-goal at the 10, with the Indians calling a timeout with 2.2 seconds remaining. On the final play, Wibbenmeyer's pass to Dauster sailed over his head in the front corner of the end zone.

That left Kelly taking a 20-0 advantage into halftime, thanks to a 20-yard run up the gut and over the goal line for Logeman at the 2:54 mark of the second quarter.

The teams traded the ball early in the second half, but an incomplete pass for St. Vincent on fourth-and-2 at its own 41-yard line turned the ball over on downs, and the Hawks took advantage.

Five plays later, Worley hit Gavin Childers for a 19-yard TD hookup and the visitors went up 26-0 with 6:26 left in the third.

Kelly held on defense later in the quarter, forcing the Indians to punt from their own 7-yard line and taking advantage of a short punt to set up shop at the St. Vincent 23. Five plays later, Landon Hahs held on to a deflected pass from Worley in the end zone for a 32-0 lead with 1:06 left in the third.

The ensuing kickoff saw Dauster finally put the Indians on the board.

Kelly capped the scoring with 11:20 to go in the fourth quarter, as Urhahn broke another big run, slipping a leg tackle near the line of scrimmage and scampering down the left sideline to go 40 yards to the end zone and a 38-6 advantage.

While the Hawks often struck quickly in the second half due to strong starting field position, in the first half it was all about grinding away and controlling the clock. After its two-play, quick-strike start, Kelly's next two drives of the game were 15 and 13 plays, respectively, and both were capped by touchdowns.

"We believe in what we're trying to do," Powers said. "We probably ran the same play 25 or 30 times, but they just believe in what we're trying to do."

The feeling was very different on the St. Vincent sideline after the game.

"I wrote it on the board -- 'heart.' We didn't play with any here," Rowland said. "Those guys came out and just smacked us around from the get-go and that's nothing I'm accustomed to and nothing we're going to become accustomed to. We're never going to have a performance like that because that's not Indian football."

St. Vincent lost junior lineman Caleb Kertz to an injury on just the fifth snap of the game. He remained on the sideline on crutches the rest of the contest and Rowland said he will be out for "several weeks" due to a knee injury.

St. Vincent is back on the field at Herculaneum (0-3) on Friday. Rowland said he expects Dobbelare back at quarterback for that one.

Kelly will host Malden (2-1) on Friday.

Run Evan, run

A month ago, Powers said he was going to work Urhahn, his freshman running back, into the lineup slowly, trying to acclimate him to varsity life in a manageable way. Three weeks into the season, Urhahn has forced his coaches hand.

His 205-yard performance against St. Vincent was just another in a string of impressive efforts to begin his career, after posting 232 yards on 20 carries against Crystal City a week ago.

"He's been successful because he's been listening to what we're telling him to do and he's following his track up the field. He's got great vision and he'll slip out that back door on you. Man, he's working hard. Every week in practice he's working hard and trying to get better.

" ... The goal was not to have him out there as much and just get him a few carries throughout the game, but so far he's doing a great job and he's handling it well."

Urhahn now has 525 yards on 63 carries through three weeks. That's 8.3 yards per carry.

"He's worked hard," Marshall said. "We all saw it in eighth grade -- he'd always run it to the outside and score touchdown after touchdown. He's put his work in and we've put our work in to help him to get better.

"We're just going with the flow right now. Keep scoring touchdowns and winning games, I guess."

St. Vincent0060--6

First quarter

K -- Urhahn 52 run (Jay Noon kick), 11:22

K -- Christian Worley 8 run (Noon kick), 1:05

Second quarter

K -- Luis Logeman 10 run (kick failed), 2:54

Third quarter

K -- Gavin Childers 19 pass from Worley (kick blocked), 6:26

K -- Landon Hahas 12 pass from Worley (run failed), 1:06

SV -- Austin Dauster 85 kick return (pass failed), :53

Fourth quarter

K -- Urhahn 40 run (run failed), 11:20


First downs177
Total yards35979
Passing yards43102
Fumbles-lost 1-05-2


RUSHING -- Kelly, Evan Urhahn 28-205, Luis Logeman 13-61, Gavin Childers 5-34, Christian Worley 2-8, Sam Jett 4-5, Keaton Fitzgerald 1-3; St. Vincent, Dylan Grim 2-(-2), Austin Dauster 4-(-6), Tyler Wibbenmeyer 6-(-15).

PASSING -- Kelly, Worley 4-10-0-43; St. Vincent, Wibbenmeyer 11-26-0-102.

RECEIVING -- Kelly, Childers 1-19, Landon Hahs 1-12, Nelson Shadwick 1-6, Luke Irby Casey 1-6; St. Vincent, Matt Rellergert 3-35, Isaac Ernst 3-34, A. Dauster 3-16, Johny Hotop 1-15, Luke Unterreiner 1-2.

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