With the big stage of homecoming night, Kearney High steamrolled the Fremont Tigers 47-7 to improve to 5-0 on the season. Securing the victory sealed an above .500 record for the 7th season in a row. The last time Kearney went under .500 was back in 2009.
The Bearcats got off to a fantastic start scoring 21 points in the first quarter. Junior quarterback Kanon Koster capped off a five play 50-yard touchdown drive with a 9-yard scamper on their first possession of the game. Fremont would fumble their next two drives resulting in two more touchdowns for Kearney.
One was a 14-yard touchdown pass from Koster to senior tight end Brock Marlatt that put the Bearcats up 14-0. The other was a 6-yard touchdown run by senior running back Tanner Ellingson. Ellingson would score a little bit later on a 25-yard run. Right before halftime senior Joseph Griffith scored a 9-yard touchdown run to put the Bearcats up 34-0 at halftime.
The eventual downfall for Fremont was their abundance of turnovers. The Tigers fumbled the ball three times and threw one interception. After this game, the Bearcats have forced the ball over 18 times.
“I thought we did a great job [defensively], especially in the first half. We missed the quarterback a couple times, that got us away from some opportunities [to score], but overall our defense played extremely well tonight,” said Kearney head coach Brandon Cool after the game.
With the game out of hand, the Bearcats were able to play their younger players and show off their depth. Junior Brett Obermiller hauled in a 33-yard touchdown catch and sophomore quarterback Brayden Miller muscled in a touchdown two yards out to close out the scoring.
“The younger guys did a tremendous job. Overall those young kids came out there and played extremely hard…..it’s fun to watch their eyes light up when it’s their opportunity” Cool said after the game.
The Bearcats ran all over the Tigers gaining 408 rushing yards on 46 carries. Leading the rushing attack for Kearney was junior Matt Stute who ran for 105 yards on 13 carries.
Kearney completes their two-game homestand when defending state champion Millard North comes to Foster Field on Sept. 30 for Kearney Tackles Cancer Night. The game will be livestreamed on Striv.tv with pregame at 6:45 p.m. CST and kickoff at 7:00 p.m. CST.