Kee football team opens season with 16-0 home victory over West Central in game stopped early in second quarter by stormy weather

Pair of touchdowns ... Kee football senior Buddy Hill shakes off this attempted tackle on a rushing attempt in the Hawks’ 16-0 home victory over West Central after just one quarter Friday, August 27. Hill carried the ball six times for 59 yards and both Kee touchdowns of the ballgame, and also wrapped up two solo tackles and three assisted stops. Photo courtesy of the Kee High School Yearbook. View and find out how to purchase this photo and many more by clicking on the Photo Galleries link on this webpage.

by Perry Hesse

The Kee football team played just a little over a quarter Friday night, August 27 in notching a season-opening win over West Central, 16-0. The 7 p.m. kick-off time allowed for some decent playing conditions before thunderstorms and rain eventually arrived in Lansing and resulted in an early cancellation of the contest.

“We did a lot of good things offensively and defensively,” said Kee football coach Chad Winters of his team’s brief season debut. “It would have been nice to get more of the game in as we wanted to get more guys some valuable snaps. But with the lengthy delay we were looking at and the field conditions we would have played in after the delay, it was for the best.”

The visiting Blue Devils fumbled on their opening possession, which was recovered by senior linebacker Buddy Hill. Hill then took care of business on the offensive side as well with a 20-yard touchdown run. Senior quarterback Damon Weber ran in the two-point conversion play for an early 8-0 Kee lead.

“With the wet conditions we stayed with a ground attack with Hill and Weber. The offensive line did a great job of getting on blocks at the point of attack and at the second level,” said Winters. We just need to work on staying on our blocks longer.”

Kee will now open district play traveling to Central City this Friday, September 3. The Wildcats lost their season opener to Lone Tree, 38-8, this past Friday. Kick-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. The Hawks will then return home to host Springville Friday, September 10.

“Friday was a good first step to the season,” added Winters. “There are some things we need to continue to get better at and we will focus on those things this week.”

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