Kee football team dominates from the opening kick-off to make for a happy Homecoming with 66-0 victory over Central Elkader

Defensive dominance ... Kee football senior Jaylen Drape (#72) is joined by fellow senior Alex Goetzinger (#93 at right) in wrapping up a Central Elkader ball carrier in the Hawks’ 66-0 Homecoming victory over the Warriors Friday, September 24. The Kee defense stifled the visiting Warriors to a negative 19 yards rushing and just 53 yards of total offense in wrapping up 15 tackles for loss overall. Drape had one solo tackle for loss and assisted on another in his total of five defensive stops in the ballgame, and Goetzinger added 5.5 tackles for loss that included the Hawks’ lone quarterback sack in his total of seven total tackles and three solo halts. 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

Kee football fans continue to have long fingernails as the undefeated Hawks cruised to another easy victory Friday, September 24 with a 66-0 Homecoming win against Central Elkader, eclipsing the 60-point scoreboard mark for the fourth consecutive game and likely having done so in their season opener as well as they led, 16-0, after just one quarter of play in an August 27 home game against West Central called off soon after that initial frame due to stormy weather. The Hawks have now outscored their opponents 280-47 as they prepare for the home stretch of the regular season with games against Edgewood-Colesburg, Midland, and a highly anticipated regular season-ending showdown with highly-ranked Easton Valley.

Winters is expecting the competition to stiffen for his charges this Friday, October 1 with a trip to 4-1 Edgewood-Colesburg, a team also unbeaten in Eight-Player District 5. Playing their first-ever season of eight-player football after dropping down from the 11-player ranks this fall, the Vikings surrendered their season opener, 14-0, to an undefeated Turkey Valley squad now ranked within the Eight-Player top 10, and haven’t lost since. The Vikings have since defeated the same District 5 teams the Hawks have beaten - Springville, Central City, Central Elkader and Calamus Wheatland - by a combined 248-50 final result, compared to a 264-47 tally Kee’s gridders have put up against those same four squads.

“Ed-Co will provide a big challenge for us as we move into the latter part of the season,” added Winters. “They are a team that continues to get better week by week in their first season of eight-man football.”

Kick-off Friday night in Edgewood will be at 7 p.m. The Hawks will then prepare for a final road game of the regular season at Midland Friday, October 8 against an Eagle team coming off a 43-8 loss at home to Springville this past Friday.

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