KoMets Use Big Second Half to Beat Bears
The game started out as a defensive battle, but after that it was all Kasson-Mantorville as they scored three third quarter touchdowns to beat Byron 31-12 on Friday, Sept. 27.
The KoMets got the scoring started when Aaron Winkle drilled a 28-yard field goal attempt in the middle of the first quarter.
Byron Head Coach Ben Halder said his defense did a good job of holding K-M’s offense to just three points in the first quarter.
“We tackled well and played our assignment,” he said.
After punts by both teams, the Bears scored the game’s first touchdown when quarterback Drew Scheuer threw a 26-yard touchdown pass to Dylan Olive. The extra point attempt was missed so Byron held a 6-3 lead.
Despite giving up the touchdown, K-M Interim Head Coach Joel Swanson was proud of the way his defense played.
“The defense had responded to a situation where Byron took control of the ball deep in our territory. On 4th down, they threw a deep pass and the Byron receiver made a great catch. Our defender was right there and I can’t fault his effort. So other than the great catch, I thought are defense did a great job responding,” he said.
However, less than three minutes later, Kasson-Mantorville responded when running back Cade Spreiter burst loose for a 47-yard touchdown run. The extra point was good and K-M led 10-6.
That score held until halftime.
At halftime, Swanson talked to his team about coming out strong in the second half.
“On offense we made some adjustments and we talked about how important the first 5 minutes of the 2nd would be. Defensively, we talked about what we thought they’d try to do in the 2nd half. We didn’t talked about any changes, we just encouraged them to continue doing what they were doing,” he said.
Meanwhile, Halder told his team to keep battling and keep working hard.
In the third quarter, the KoMets kept their momentum going when quarterback Peyton Wilke called his own number and ran it from seven yards away. After the extra point, K-M led 17-6.
But that score didn’t last long as Spreiter scored his second touchdown of the game, this time a 27-yard run. A successful extra point boosted Kasson-Mantorville’s lead to 24-6.
After the K-M defense once again prevented the Byron offense from scoring, the KoMets’ offense got its third touchdown of the third quarter when Spreiter recorded his third touchdown on a four-yard run. The extra point was good and K-M led 31-6.
Swanson explained that the touchdowns were a result of his offense doing a better job executing.
“I think we did a better job of reading the option and taking what Byron was giving us,” he said.
Halder said his team didn’t play as well as they could have in the second half, but he also gives credit to the K-M offense.
“We had a few lapses, but credit K-M they had a good game plan and executed well,” he said.
Finally, after not scoring since the second quarter, Byron got back on board when Travis Underwood scored on a one-yard touchdown run. The two-point conversion attempt was unsuccessful so K-M’s lead was cut to 31-12.
However, it was too little, too late for Byron as they couldn’t add any more points in the final four minutes of the game.
The 31-12 victory improved Kasson-Mantorville’s record to 3-2. Their next game is a road contest against Albert Lea at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 4.
The loss drops Byron’s record to 2-3. Their next game is home against Austin at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 4.