MOUND CITY — Humboldt High managed a little late-game magic Friday to get back on the winning track.
Trailing 20-6 at halftime, the Cubs shut out host Jayhawk-Linn the rest of the way, scored the tying points in the game’s final minute, then emerged in overtime with a 26-20 victory.
The winning score came courtesy of quarterback Trey Sommer, who bowled in from the 1-yard line during the first overtime period.
Prior to that, Humboldt’s defense held when Jayhawk-Linn had the ball in the overtime.
The Cubs were unable to do much on offense, aside from a 72-yard kickoff return for touchdown by junior Aden Kelley, to knot the score at 6-6.
The rest of the half was all Jayhawk-Linn.
Sommer was pivotal in the comeback, scoring on a run, and connecting with receiver Dakota Slocum for a touchdown pass.
Sommer rushed for 121 yards and passed 8 of 15 for 115 yards to lead the way. Kelley added 54 rushing yards on top of his kickoff return. Slocum had 65 yards on four receptions. Trenton Heisler had a key 19-yard catch in the drive to help tie the score late in regulation.
Sommer also keyed the defensive attack with 12 tackles and a sack. Blake Walker had 10 stops, including three tackles for losses. Heisler, Maddox Johnson and Drake Harrington added eight, six and six stops.
Ethan Doepke and Sam Hull pulled in interceptions. Jerek Baughn forced and recovered a fumble. Johnson also forced a Jayhawk-Linn fumble.
The victory puts Humboldt at 4-2 on the season and 1-2 in Class 2A district play.
The Cubs return home Friday to take on Wellsville, which stunned many prognosticators by knocking off previously unbeaten Eureka, 25-6. Prior to that, Wellsville was winless on the 2020 season.
ELSEWHERE, Yates Center fell to 2-4 with a 52-26 loss to Sedan. Yates Center is slated to travel next Friday to Marmaton Valley, although Marmaton Valley was forced to forfeit this week’s contest at Oswego because MV did not have enough players to suit up for the game.
Southern Coffey, like Marmaton Valley and Iola, was idle this week.
The Mustangs return to action today at Prairie View, the first varsity contest for Iola since Sept. 18 against Wellsville.
Passing — Sommer 8-15-115, Hull 0-2-0.
Rushing — Sommer 27-121, Kelley 10-54, Doepke 2-9, Slocum 1-2, Harrington 1-2.
Receiving — Slocum 4-65, Heisler 1-39, Kelley 2-9, Harrington 1-2.