After two big losses to top ranked foes Sedgewick County (38-0) and Dayspring Christian (36-6), the Hoehne Farmers turned the tables on the Springfield Longhorns at Jasper Butero Field last Friday evening, Sept. 20 with a four touchdown victory. With reserves playing a significant amount of time in the second half, the Farmers downed the Longhorns 42-14. The big lead allowed Hoehne to relax and enjoy the rest of the game. The victory was essential, providing a great launching of league play and a positive that will be a big help in winning a basketful more. Five of their remaining six games will be contested in league play.
“We played a lot better,” explained Coach Gabe Dasko. “We didn’t play very well the first two games. We improved this week, but have a long way to go. Our blocking improved considerably, but it needs more work. And we have to throw the ball and throw more often. We have to improve week by week, stacking wins as season goes on. We have to get better every day. We have Springfield this week and they have a new coach. They’re better than they were last year, and I think they’re getting better. We’re going to have to be ready.”
Quarterback Weston Hill led the offense charge with 235 yards on 15 carries and completed five of 12 passing attempts for an additional 57 yards. Jeremiah Monoa, Dario Orosco, and Grant Arellano each rumbled for a touchdown to contribute to the Farmers first win of the season.
“Weston played a lot better,” concluded Dasko. “He was impressive.”
Defensively, Shane Montoya notched 11 tackles, Monoa registered nine, Bob Walter seven, and Francesco Rivera added another six. All-in-all, it was a grand night for the Farmer defense too.
“We stayed on our blocks lot longer,” said Hill. “We executed better the majority of the time. We had only about two drives that were a little off. Those first two are now behind us. Now we have to focus on the rest of the season. We’ve all realized we have to execute every play. We have to do everything right. We’re looking forward to Friday. Hopefully we can stay on track and win another one. From here out, they’re almost all league games. These are the ones we have to win.”
The Farmers will be on the road battle Las Animas tonight, Friday, Sept. 27. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. With a big win last week, the boys in red are fired up and ready to go.
Hoehne 22 14 6 0 — 42
Springfield 0 0 8 6 — 14