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Page 2B The Kalona News, Thursday, September 4, 2014 Golden to Durant Wildcats in season ,pener . . . Continued... from page 1B pounded the ball up the middle and into Golden Hawk terrain. A M-P unsportsmanlike late hit on the Durant QB gave the Wildcats a first down and the chance they needed. As the fourth quarter was just beginning, they were able to push the ball over the goal, a Dykes 3.yard run, and Bentley kick made it a 7-6 Durant lead. Isatahn Powell captained the M-P offense for the final few drives, getting in one successful pass to RB Nolan Faselt. But after a three-and-out with 10 minutes to play in the game, the Wildcats were able to control the clock with their ground game and left the Golden Hawks with just 2:53 to play with at the end. Blake Schwartz came up with the fumble recovery as Durant threatened late in the fourth and M-P started on their 16-yard line with 2:53 left in the game. Vargas rushed for six, and a facemask foul on the next play gave the Hawks a first down at their own 27-yard line. Consecutive missed passes and back-to-back sacks finished things for the Golden Hawks who turned the ball over on downs with 1:40 to play and no timeouts. The Wildcats took the knee and the 7-6 win. "There were a lot of opportuni- ties," said Coach Cavanagh of his team's effort in the disappointing loss. "We've got to punch the ball in when we're on the one-yard line. We Just couldn't do it. We were just way too inconsistent on offense." Coach Cavanagh said there are a lot of little things that his team can do better on the goal line. "Little execution things, tak- ing the right steps, knowing what we're supposed to be doing," said Cavanagh. Ricky Vargas and Nolan Faselt carried the ball out of the back- field most for the Golden Hawks. Senior RB Austin Slabaugh is still on the sidelines with an injury. "He hasn't had many reps in practice," said Coach Cavanagh of his senior RB. "We're still working on his injurs. Under the circumstances [Nolan] ran hard, with guys all over him and gutted it out. And Ricky gave us a spark as well." Faselt rushed 15 times for 36 yards and Vargas gained 44 yards on nine rushes. Colin Weber had one carry from the wing spot, gain- ing four yards, and Cortum rushed 15 times for a net of 26 yards. On defense, the Golden Hawks were led in the trenches by junior Karson Duwa and sophomore Levi Duwa who had eight tackles each and Junior Paul Hawbaker who had seven tackles. Cortum and Faselt both had interceptions on defense and Blake Schwartz recov- ered a fumble. The Golden Hawks will be in ac- tion again, their second non-dis- trict ball game in Week #2 at Clear Creek-Amana. The Clippers lost their season-opener to the Point- ers of Center Point Urbana, 10.7 in double overtime. Coach Derek Yoder previewed the Clippers on film over the week- end and said the Clippers are phys- ical and also missed some goal-line opportunities in their loss to CPU. '7 fter watching the film from the CCA-CPU game it looks like we'll have our work cut out for us this week," said Yoder. "CCA has pretty good size, especially on the O-line and D-lines. They are fairly even in their pass-run play call- ing and tend to run out of either a traditional I-formation or out of a four-receiver set." "Defensively, they flow to the ball very well. There were lots of gang-tackles on the film." The Golden Hawks square off against the Clippers in Tiffin, with a Freshman/Sophomore game be- ginning at 5:00 p.m. and a varsity game scheduled for 7:00 p.m. District Scores: Central Lee 14, Keokuk 13 L-M 87, Northeast, Goose Lake 28 Mediapolls $4, Camanche Z8 Tlpton 32, West Liberty 21 West Burlington 46, Fort Madison 42 Williamsburg 56, Wilton 6 The Golden Hawk de- fense prepares for the snap during second-half action against the Durant Wildcats in Wellman on Friday evening, August 29, 2014. The Golden Hawks took a 6-0 lead but couldn't put more on the board and Durant amed the 7-6 win with their TD and extra point in the fourth quarter. ~ byllm amff Above, Cortum makes a first down run for the Golden Hawi(s during first-half action In Wellman, August 29. Cortum rushed for 26 yards and scored M-P's only TD of the ontat. Left, #2, Ryan Cortum goes back for a pass. Cortum, a junior tossed three completions to teammates Nolan Faselt, Jacob Ku- kuzke and Blake Schwartz. M-P defenders #51 Jordan Ulin and #75 Jacob Slabaugh wrestle the Wildcat #24 Nolan Fault looks for some running room as his blockers clear the de. ball carrier to the ground during action on August 29, 2014. fenders out of his way. Fault rushed 15 times for 36 yards in the loss. Corporate Sponsor.. Jeremy & Heather Kuenster of Kuenster Heat- The M-P band was on hand to give the crowd a stirring rendition of the "Star ing and Air were honored by Mid-Prairie athletic director Steve Hollan during Spangled Banne' and the Mid-Prairie Fight Song before being chased off the Friday's game against Durant. Corporate sponsors are honored at M-P athletic field by a cloud burst, events for donations made to the Athletic Booster Club.