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The Kadoka football team delivered a massive win over Philip to start their season off with a bang.

Kadoka sacks Philip as Kougars down Scotties
Aug 20, 2017

By Rich Winter

Seems like when ya go over football stats there are certain numbers that just jump out at ya. As I was taking a peek at the stats from Kadoka's 28-12 Thursday night win over Philip the number that jumped out to me was (8) as in Kadoka sacked Philip's QB eight times while holding the Scotties to about 70 yards passing and 70 yards rushing. 


It was a monstrous defensive effort from Kadoka as the Kougars kept Philip out of the end-zone for the first half before allowing scores one score apiece in the third and fourth quarters. 


"I was pleased with our kids effort.  Philip is always a tough team and it’s been a few years since we’ve been able to beat them, but our kids had confidence going into the game that we could get the job done.  Our defense was especially stingy, led by our defensive line applying the pressure to Philip’s spread offensive attack," Chad Eisenbraun, Kadoka coach said "Our defensive coordinator Jody Sudbeck put together a good game plan for this game and the kids believed in it and executed it well."

Some defensive stats for the Kougars...

* Stanley Colbert 14 tackles, 2 sacks

* Jarred Hicks (sophomore) 9 tackles, 3 sacks

* Jory Rodgers 7 tackles, 2 sacks

* Abe Herber 10 tackles from his Middle-LB spot. 

"As a team we recovered 4 fumbles and John Daly intercepted a pass and returned it 30 yards for a big touchdown in the 3rd quarter.  Defensively we didn’t give up a touchdown until there were 9 seconds to go in the game.  The other touchdown for Philip was scored on a long kickoff return in the 3rd quarter," Eisenbraun.


Kadoka is down in numbers a bit this year, 21 kids out for ball, but one of those kids, senior QB Peyton Loibl looked sharp on opening night. 


Loibl used his legss on a broken pass play to scramble for a score in the second quarter. In the third, Loibl hooked up with sophomore TE, Kaelen Block for a 24-yard TD pass.


But, Eisenbraun was quick to point out the job done by the best looking, most athletic guys (former offensive lineman typing here) as his offensive line came out and took it to Philip. 


"Our offensive line did a great job controlling the line of scrimmage as we were able to rush 57 times for 201 yards," Eisenbraun said. "Our running game didn’t have a lot of big plays, but it was consistent.  It was led by Reese Sudbeck with 21 carries for 99 yards and 1 touchdown, and Abe Herber with 41 yards on 11 carries."


In a 9B region where Philip is usually a contender, what now for Eisenbraun's crew who travels to Faith this Friday off to the 1-0 start.   

"I’m pleased with how the kids are coming along this season.  We are a little smaller in numbers this season with only 21, but a lot of the kids we have got a lot of varsity experience the last couple of seasons so we are banking on that experience, and on our younger classes to step up for us this year," Eisenbraun said. "We have had a bit of the injury bug too already as we lost 2 seniors before they were able to play a game, and we also lost a sophomore to a broken collar bone during the Philip game.  I like what we have going, but we need to stay healthy and I believe we can compete well with all the teams on our schedule."

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