KoMets streak past Rockets
The Kasson-Mantorville football team started strong and finished strong as they routed Rochester John Marshall 48-14 on Friday, Sept. 6.
Interim head coach Joel Swanson said each unit of the team played well.
“We had great field position. Our defense forced three and outs and the offense cashed in on drives. On special teams, our kick-off unit pinned them inside of the 25 throughout the night.
The KoMets built a 28-0 lead through the first one and a half quarters, but late in the second quarter the Rockets scored two quick touchdowns.
“We had three turnovers in a short time. Some of the players probably started to hit panic mode,” he said. “The change in QB may have also created a ‘spark’ for the Rockets. High school sports momentum is a crazy thing.”
Now with their lead suddenly cut in half, K-M headed into halftime leading 28-14.
Swanson said the team talked about handling adversity during the break.
“Anyone can be excited when you are up 28-0, now some bad things happened. Now, it was our chance to show what we are made of. Are we going to point fingers or were we going to step up and support each other?”
Swanson credits the K-M players for responding by taking control of the game in the third quarter.
“It was all the players. They stepped up and met the challenge. They'd come back and tell us adjustments,” he said.
He noted that the whole team played a role in helping K-M score three touchdowns in the second half while holding John Marshall scoreless.
“It was definitely a great team effort. Players were into it and focused on what we wanted to accomplish,” he mentioned.
While it was an impressive win, Swanson added that K-M should push themselves to keep improving.
“We want to keep getting better and continue to play as a team. We need to stay hungry and not become selfish. Once you experience success it doesn't come again,” he said. “Also be ready to adjust. What worked one game might not work the next week because the opponent is going to try and take things away.”
As of Sept. 10, Head Coach Broc Threinen has been placed on administrative leave for the remainder of the season for his coaching duties and on administrative leave until Oct. 10, for his Activities Director position.
Superintendent Mark Matuska released a statement on behalf of the K-M school district, “Our Defensive Coordinator, Joel Swanson, will be interim coach for this week as we continue to make decisions related to the football team. With Joel's previous varsity coaching experience, we are confident in his and the rest of the coaching staff's ability to represent the KoMets well at all levels of our program.”
K-M hosts the Austin Packers on Friday, Sept. 13.
Kasson-Mantorville: Passing - Peyton Wilke 1-2 for 76 yards and 1 TD. Rushing - Wilke 21 rushes for 198 yards and 4 TDs, Easton Knoll 5 rushes for 38 yards and 1 TD, Cade Spreiter 5 rushes for 25 yards and 1 TD, Brooks Buchanan 5 rushes for 18 yards, Michael Braun 4 rushes for 16 yards, Preston Hitterdal 4 rushes for 12 yards, Logan Vaughan 1 rush for 12 yards, Jacob Keller 1 rush for 4 yards, Jakob Aarsvold 1 rush for 1 yard, and Alex Kirsme 1 rush for -1 yard. Receiving - Carter Nelson 1 reception for 76 yards and 1 TD.