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HUMBOLDT (September 4) — West Carroll War Eagles took the season’s first victory 36-12 over the Humboldt Vikings in Class 1A contest. The victory was sweet for the War Eagles during a …
HUMBOLDT (September 4) — West Carroll War Eagles took the season’s first victory 36-12 over the Humboldt Vikings in Class 1A contest. The victory was sweet for the War Eagles during a pandemic year with little pre-season practice, an overtime loss in the season opener and a canceled second game.
Humboldt struck first by scoring on its first possession, earning four first downs en route to paydirt. QB Kylan Johnson punched into the end zone with 6:24 remaining in the first quarter.
West Carroll’s Jack Barrow covered the squib kickoff setting the WC start at mid-field. A penalty and runs by Tyler Shaddon and quarterback Xander Moon were not enough to earn a first down. However, the fourth down punt was bobbled allowing WC’s Jacob Blankenship to recover at Humboldt’s 17 yard line. Runs by Deven Rader and three by QB Moon netted WC its first touchdown. A Moon pass to Dylan Cox tacked on two points for the go-ahead score of 8-6.
Humboldt was three and out on the next possession.
West Carroll earned one first down on a Moon pass to Seth Edwards and another on a run by Cox. Penalties beset the series, leading to a fourth down punt.
Humboldt started at their own 20, earned one first down and punted from their own 30.
Starting at their own 31 yard line, West Carroll scored after runs by Tyler Shaddon, Devan Rader, a pass catch by Dylan Cox, and the TD by Shaddon. The two-point attempt failed and West Carroll led by 14-6 with 2:23 remaining in the first half.
After a West Carroll kick, Humboldt’s first down pass was intercepted by Seth Edwards. Runs by Rader, Moon, and then Rader added six points. Moon added the two-point conversion and the War Eagles led 22-6.
The Vikings’ last first half possession ended with an interception by Moon to end the half.
The second half started with the Vikings kicking a short squib kick and recovering the loose ball.
An inspired West Carroll team quickly ended that series with Shaddon making a QB sack and Jay Long blocking the punt.
West Carroll started at mid-field, earned two first downs and a TD on a Shaddon run. The two-point conversion failed and the War Eagles led 28-6 with 6:41 remaining in the third quarter.
The Vikings started at mid-field and after losing four yards in three downs, the team punted.
West Carroll showed their dominance with passes to Shaddon and Blankenship and Moon earning a TD, that was negated on a penalty. West Carroll again drove to the end zone and again was penalized. Finally, a pass to Cox landed a TD and Moon added two points to make it 36-6 with just second remaining in the third quarter.
The Vikings were three and out after the first series in the fourth quarter. West Carroll substituted players, placing Jaxon Mims as quarterback. The War Eagles earned one first down before a fumble netted the Vikings possession.
Starting at their own 40, the Vikings found paydirt on a Kylan Johnson TD. The two-point conversion failed when WC’s Jay Long sacked the QB. The score was 36-12 with 7:14 remaining in the contest.
West Carroll went three and out and punted to the Vikings, who earned three first downs before ending their possession. West Carroll ended the game by taking a knee as the clock expired.
The final score was 36-12.