By Joanna Chadwick
The Wichita Eagle
The first game football game of the season is over, Kapaun 26-6 over host Northwest.
I know I didn’t call this game to finish like that. But I also didn’t expect Kapaun to return two interceptions for touchdowns, get a gift of a fumbled kickoff — the game’s opening kickoff — and hold Deron Thompson to 26 rushing yards on 23 carries. (The box score is below)
You know what? Kapaun’s defense is outstanding. And that defense took it to an extremely inexperienced offensive line of Northwest.
Props to Kapaun for its win. Northwest will be fine, but Kapaun will be that team to surprise us all. Kapaun will be that team we expected it to be last year — because of that defense. Impressive showing.
By the way, I wanted to share a quote from Northwest coach Steve Martin about Kapaun coach Dan Adelhardt: “Those Kapaun fans should appreciate what they have. Coach Adelhardt is a class-act guy, who teaches football the right way. I appreciate the way they play football.”
Kapaun’s Ethan Harp and Huy Ho talk about the win
KMC — Dempsey 20 pass from Monty (missed kick)
KMC — Dempsey 32 INT return (run failed)
NW — Thompson 1 run (blocked kick)
KMC —Harp 37 INT return (Harp run)
KMC — Harp 5 run (missed kick)
Rushing — Kapaun, A. Norris 4-66, Dempsey 9-50, Harp 4-26, Brock 17-24, B. Norris 3-19, Schoelwer 3-7, White 5-4, Williams 3-3. Northwest, Thompson 23-26, Gaither 7-26, Williams 3-4, Folsom 2-(-17).
Passing — Kapaun, Monty 3-13-28-0. Northwest, Gaither 8-18-147-2.
Receiving — Kapaun, Dempsey 1-20, Puritty 1-9, A. Norris 1-(-1). Northwest, Williams 5-88, Brock 1-43, Thompson 2-16.