HUMBOLDT — Humboldt High head coach Mike Miller is looking for a reset button.
The Cubs mustered next to nothing on offense, accumulating only three first downs, while visiting Caney Valley High racked up 302 yards rushing in a 50-0 win.
Miller said the game’s opening sequence set the tone for the rest of the game.
Humboldt fumbled away the ball on its first snap — one of five turnovers on the evening. And while the Cubs held Caney Valley without a first down on the Bullpups’ subsequent possession, Humboldt again could not move the ball on its second possession.
“They got a good punt return and it put them right back in our territory,” Miller said.
Caney Valley’s Dustin Mullinax followed with the first of his three touchdowns, a 17-yard run. Mullinax followed with runs of eight and 56 yards before tossing a 10-yard touchdown pass to Dalton Lockwood. Kyle Nitz scored on a 14-yard run late in the second quarter to build a 36-0 lead.
The Bullpups scored twice in the latter portions of the game for the final margin.
“We have a lot of things to work on,” Miller said. We didn’t do a whole lot offensively, and we didn’t play physically enough on defense.”
What’s worse, Humboldt had to shuffle its lineup because of early injuries.
“We had two or three guys playing at new positions by the third quarter,” Miller said. “We had to throw in a lot of young players to show them what Friday night football is all about.”
Derrik McCall led Humboldt with 63 yards rushing on 12 carries. McCall also had eight tackles, followed by Jarred Barr with 7 and Ryan Gean with 6.
Humboldt hosts Eureka next Friday.
Caney Valley 24-24-0-12—50
CV — Mullinax 17 yd run (run good)
CV — Mullinax 8 yd run (PAT failed)
CV — Mullinax 56 yd run (run good)
CV — Lockwood 10 yd pass from Mullinax (run good)
CV — Nitz 14 yd run (run good)
CV — Shamblin 7 yd run (PAT failed)
CV — Hawkin 15 yd run (time expired)
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