The Minnewaska football team has had no problems through the first couple weeks of the season as the Lakers easily moved to 2-0 with a 47-14 win over Kimball Area on Friday.
Minnewaska jumped out to a 14-0 lead after the first quarter and then put the game away in the second half. The Cubs (0-2) were within 14-6 at the break, but Minnewaska put up 33 points over the final two quarters.
The Lakers have a big weapon in the backfield in junior Tyson Meyer. He won the Class A state wrestling championship at 170 pounds last winter and is off to a fast start rushing the ball this fall season. Meyer ran for 187 yards and three touchdowns against Kimball on just 10 carries.
Minnewaska passed the ball just four times. The Lakers didn’t complete a pass, but they didn’t need to because their ground game was so good. The Lakers ran for 346 yards on 36 carries spread out between six guys. Grant Jensen, Keygan Cruz and Max Reichmann all had a touchdown. Cruz was second on the team with 62 yards on five carries.
Kimball went to the air to try to keep up. Tucker Schultz and Jeremy Zabinski combined to throw the ball 51 times for 230 yards. Both threw for a touchdown, but Jensen and Aaron Ver Steeg each had an interception for Minnewaska.
The Lakers should get their toughest test of the season so far on Sept. 13 when they host another 2-0 team in Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City.
Minnewaska is playing a lot of Class AA teams this regular season before having to jump up to the Class AAA level for the playoffs.
The Lakers’ Section 6AAA field looks to be highly competitive this fall. Five of the eight programs in the section are 2-0 after two weeks with Melrose, New London-Spicer, Albany and Pierz joining Minnewaska with a perfect record early on.
MINNEWASKA 14 0 14 19 - 47
KIMBALL 0 6 8 0 - 14
TOTALS - Minnewaska - First downs - 14; Rushing - 346 yards; Total offense - 346; Penalties - 8-60; Kimball - First downs - 18; Rushing - 63 yards; Passing - 230 yards; Total yards - 293; Penalties - 7-63
MINNEWASKA RUSHING - Grant Jensen - 9-45, TD; Darion Alexander - 2-4; Keygan Cruz - 5-62, TD; Mason Blair - 3-4; Tyson Meyer - 10-187, 3 TD; Max Reichmann - 7-44, TD