KoMets send Bears into hibernation
The last time the Kasson-Mantorville football team faced off with Byron, the game had everything a high school fan could ask for. There was a Hail Mary that the KoMets converted before halftime, a clutch stop late in the game and a clutch drive that allowed K-M to come away with a 28-25 victory.
While fans got their money’s worth on Sept. 25, coaches received the need for plenty of antacid. The KoMets made several mistakes that kept the Bears in the game. K-M head coach Broc Threinen felt that if those miscues were kept to a minimum, the 96-yard drive at the end of the game may not have been necessary.
“We really played poorly in terms of execution, reads and getting ourselves in good playcalling situations,” Threinen recalled.
Last Wednesday, that theory proved to be accurate as the KoMets used a fast start to bury the Bears early and never looked back in a 35-14 rout to advance in the section 1AAAA playoffs.
The game started on a high note for the KoMets as they forced a Byron fumble on the first play from scrimmage. From there, Andy Bigelow looked like he was shot out of a cannon on a 21-yard touchdown run to give the KoMets a 7-0 lead.
He wasn’t done there, forcing an interception on the next drive that allowed Matt Winkle to run in on a QB draw to put K-M ahead 14-0 midway through the first quarter. The interception was also his third straight game against the Bears with an interception.
“Andy has been an explosive player for us,” Threinen said of Bigelow, who also had a long run negated by a penalty. “His paths at fullback are getting better and he gave us a nice burst.”