Back on Track
Last week, the Kasson- Mantorville football team dropped a tough game against Zumbrota-Mazeppa. While the sting of the 13-10 defeat was still fresh in their minds, the KoMets knew that they had plenty of football yet to be played and that task started with hosting La Crescent Sept. 7 at KMTelecom Stadium.
Although the game had a grind-it-out feel to it through the first 15 minutes, the KoMets would eventually get their offense going and were strong on defense to pick up a 42-6 victory over the Lancers.
The KoMets would get off on the right foot after picking up a stop against the Lancers and then racing down the field to set up a Jackson Kennedy three-yard touchdown run to open the scoring at 7-0.
After both teams exchanged stalled drives, the Lancers would get on the board early in the second quarter thanks to a 38-yard field goal from Kaine Johnson to put the score at 7-3.
That’s when the KoMets would get physical. Fueledby an offensive line that saw its share of adversity against Z-M, they showed marked improvement as Matt Winkle and Dalton Andrist would run over several Lancers to set up a 23-yard touchdown run by Andrist to put K-M up 14-3.
“They made some huge strides from game one to game two,” K-M head coach Broc Threinen said of his offensive line. “A lot of improvement was made in stopping the same thing that the defensive front was doing last week to this week. It was good to see that guys were communicating better and made huge strides.”
Jacob Hildebrand would score his first career pick-six as his 24-yard return extended the K-M lead to 21-3 and Aaron Winkle would add a 22-yard field goal right before the half for a 24-3 advantage.
When the two teams came out of the locker room, it was the Robby Horsman show that helped K-M blow it open.
The senior would wind up weaving through the La Crescent defense on several occasions to end up with a line of six carries, 115 yards and a touchdown.
“Jumpstart is the perfect word for what Robby did for us,” Threinen said. “He’s a spark plug that runs hard and very fast. That makes him hard to bring down. That just electrifies everyone and gives us a boost because he’s a fun player to watch.”
Horsman would have a long run to set up another Andrist touchdown early in the third quarter and would add another one himself later to put K-M up 36-3. Peyton Wilke would pile on with a three-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter for the final 42-3 margin.
With the KoMets earning their first victory of the year, they’ll continue their HVL farewell tour when they host Byron next Friday. Although Threinen believes that this won’t be the last meeting between the two schools with K-M moving into a larger district next season and Byron’s similar growth, he does believe Friday’s game will have an odd feeling to it. “It’s kind of crazy and bittersweet because we want to keep this rivalry going,” Threinen said. “We’ve had some outstanding battles over the years and you can pretty much throw the records out the window when we play Byron. It’s a real, tough, hardnosed game and both sides want to fight hard to get the W.”