By ALLEN COLLINS
HULBERT — A chilly Friday night marked the final home game for seven Hulbert Seniors. Lazarus Chavez, Brandon Thompson, Eric Fonseca, Tery Cook, Jimmy Jones, Logan Ellis, and Colby Brown were all honorary captains in their last game at home as Hulbert welcome Kansas to Rider Field.
This year's matchup between the Hulbert Riders and the visiting Kansas Comets got off to an optimistic start for Hulbert.
The Riders, coming in with only one victory, saw an opening drive that picked up two first downs before punting.
The Comets' first two drives, oddly enough, began and ended with interceptions thrown by sophomore quarterback Jared Hogshooter. One interception was caught by Eric Fonseca, and the other was intercepted by linebacker Bryson McGowan and returned 30 yards to the 4 to set up a Brandon Thompson's 1-yard touchdown run.
That would be the end of Hulbert's good fortune as it took as 6-0 lead midway through the first qarter.
Kansas ould go on to score 55 unanswered points from that point on. Hogshooter got in rhythm by throwing a 61-yard bomb to sophomore wide receiver Tracy Pruitt to go up 7-6.
The Kansas defense tightened up, not allowing much more progress for the Hulbert offense, which gained only 103 total yards and 1 TD.
The Comets air attack flexed its muscles starting with their third drive.
Hogshooter mainly targeted wide receivers, Pruitt and junior Rowdy Chesser. Pruitt caught five passes for 185 yards and 2 touchdowns. Chesser, also a big play guy for the Comets, had four catches for 133 yards and 1 score.
Kansas sophomore receiver C.J. Taylor also impacted the game with a 15-yard catch for a touchdown and a 35-yard field reversing touchdown run.
Turnovers were a big story for Hulbert as four fumbles ended what looked to be promising drives for the Riders.
As the fourth quarter approached, the head official indicated there would be a running clock. Going into the final period the score was 47-6.
The Hulbert Riders couldn't stay out of their own way as their last fumble set up a touchdown drive of runs by Kansas' backup fullback Neil Studie. That put an end to the scoring as the game was well in hand for the Comets. The final score of 55-6 was in favor of Kansas.
The Kansas offense, after a few hiccups early on, put up 333 yards through the air for four scores. The ground game, which saw seven different players carry the ball, racked up 138 yards and four touchdowns.
This final result put the Hulbert Riders at 1-8 on the season and the Kansas Comets at 6-3 as they jockey for playoff position.