Kee football team has 2023 season brought to a close with a 52-28 first-round play-off loss at eighth-rated Central City

Senior leadership on display ... Kee football seniors (left to right) Kaleb Drape, Jackson Schulte and Andrew Kolsrud stand with head coach Chad Winters while displaying the State Qualifier banner they helped the Hawks earn this season. Kee’s season came to a close with a 52-28 loss in the opening round of this fall’s State Play-Offs Friday, October 20 at eighth-rated Central City. Photo by Danielle Potter. View and find out how to purchase this photo and many more by clicking on the Photo Galleries link on this webpage.

The 2023 season came to a close for the Kee football team Friday, October 20 but not without a strong effort by the grid Hawks that made one of the highest-regarded teams in the Eight-Player class stand up and take notice in the opening round of the State Play-Offs. Traveling to the home of an eighth-rated Central City squad that boasted only a single loss on the season, Kee’s gridders battled to a halftime lead and a 28-28 scoreboard knot midway through the third quarter before the final three of seven Hawk turnovers in the ballgame helped turn the tide in the host Wildcats’ favor on the way to a 52-28 season-ending Kee defeat.

The loss brought Kee’s season to a close with a 5-4 season record, including a 4-2 mark that placed the Hawks third in the Eight-Player District 3 final standings. The Central City victory advanced the Wildcats to the next round of the Eight-Player play-offs, where they will next host sixth-rated Gladbrook-Reinbeck this Friday, October 27 in a battle of 8-1 squads.

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