Defending the run was the Humboldt High Cubs’ Achilles heel during the first half Friday night in their 56-27 loss to the Caney Valley Bullpups.
Humboldt went to the air for most of its offense, totaling 279 yards. Senior Blake Crawford and Junior Hunter Murrow led the team in receptions with 109 yards each — Crawford with seven receptions and Murrow with four. Quarterback Nathan Whitcomb completed 14 out of 27 passes. Cubs rushing yards totaled 30 yards on 12 carries.
The majority of the Bullpups’ scoring came in the first half, with 48 points in the first two quarters. In the second half, Humboldt’s defense held Caney Valley to a single touchdown.
Whitcomb completed touchdown passes to Crawford for 35 yards, Tanner McNutt for 43 and Noah Thornbrugh for 28 before running in an eight-yard touchdown himself in the fourth quarter.
The Bullpups ran the ball well, with 41 for 360 yards. Assistant coach Mike Miller said the team failed to execute on defense and missed multiple tackles. He said Caney Valley’s “bread and butter” is to run the ball, and while the Humboldt players were in the right place, they didn’t stop the run as much as needed.
Miller said he was proud of his team’s effort, and expects the team to be ready for district play. The loss drops Humboldt’s record to 4-2 on the season. The Cubs host their first district matchup against Eureka High next Friday for homecoming.
Caney Valley 24-24-8-0—56
CV — Camper 60 yd run (Barlow run)
CV — Barlow 25 yd run (Dixon run)
Humboldt — Crawford 35 yd pass from Whitcomb (PAT failed)
CV — Camper 11 yd run (Camper run)
CV — Barlow 15 yd run (Barlow run)
CV — Wyrick 69 yd pass from Barlow (Dixon run)
Humboldt — Mcnutt 43 yd pass from Whitcomb (Boring run)
CV — Camper 24 yd pass from Barlow (Camper run)
Humboldt — Thornbrugh 18 yd pass from Whitcomb (Boring run)
CV — Dixon 64 yd run (Dixon run)
Humboldt — Whitcomb 8 yd run (Boring run)
First downs 15 14
Rushing 12-30 41-360
Passing-yds 279 95
Total offense 309 455
Passing 14-27 3-4
Fumbles 2-1 2-1
Punting 3-36 1-36
Penalties 3-35 8-85