Rob Kodner Blog – Class 5 FB – Kirkwood / Webster

Kirkwood WebsterKodner2011Click here to listen to the game – Kirkwood and Webster Groves have been getting after each other on the gridiron since 1898.  This renewal of the 3rd oldest rivalry west of the Mississippi would be for the class 5 district 2 championship.  Kirkwood took their opening possession and drove the ball 58 yards on 7 plays, and scored on 5 yard touchdown pass from Blake Goddard to Eric Phillips and the Pioneers were off and running with a 7-0 lead.  Webster could not move the football on their first three possessions, and in fact only achieved one first down.  The Pioneers were pinned back to their own 12 yard line on a strong punt from Webster’s Jack Kemper.  They engineered a 9 play 83 yard drive down to the Statesmen’s 7 yard line where it was first and goal.  A Wil Hadler pass, that was intended for wide out Armonte Mason, was intercepted on the goal line by Cameron Hilton and returned 100 yards for a pick six touchdown, knotting the score at halftime 7-7.  Kirkwood had won the opening coin toss and elected to defer to the second half.  Just as they did in the first half, they took their first possession of the second half and drove it 58 yards on 9 plays, scoring on a 4 yard touchdown pass from Goddard to tailback Jerod Alton.  The Pioneers would miss the extra point that would prove to be a key factor in the game as they led at the end of the 3rd period 13-7.  Both teams traded punts when Webster finally got their offense going by driving the ball 80 yards on 12 plays and on a 16 yard touchdown pass from Rob Thompson to Cameron Hilton found themselves on top for the first time in the game 14-13.  The Pioneers offense, which had been so potent all night, stalled on a 3 and out and punted it back to the Statesmen.  On just 4 plays, Thompson threw his second touchdown pass of the game, this time to DJ Johnson and suddenly, Webster was on top 21-13 with just 7:35 left in the game.  Neither Kirkwood or Webster would be able to sustain any kind of a drive on their next possession  and with 4:35 on the clock, began a drive on their own 44 yard line.  The first play would be a 46 yard completion from Hadler to Bryant Boyd. Four plays later, the Pioneers found the end zone on a 2 yard run by Goddard.  Having missed an earlier extra point, they were forced to go for two.  There was a bad snap on the exchange and the Pioneers were unsuccessful in the try.  Down by two points and only 3 plus minutes on the clock, they attempted an on-side kick which was unsuccessful.  Kirkwood was able to stop Webster on 3 plays, and by utilizing their timeouts, the Pioneers would have the ball on their own 15 yard line, no time outs, and a last ditch effort to try and get into field goal range.  They were able to move the ball down to the Webster 33 yard line with 1.5 seconds left on the clock, Hadler’s long pass into the end zone was incomplete and Webster won the game by a score of 21-19 and will play Jackson in the semi-finals of class 5 next weekend.

The Lion’s Choice 212 Athlete of the game went to Webster Groves’ Cameron Hilton, who returned an interception 100 yards for a touchdown and caught a 16 yard touchdown pass – The Custom Shirts Graphics Standout Player of the Game went to Kirkwood running back Eric Phillips who carried the ball 18 times for 81 yards. Click here to listen to the game

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