NEODESHA — During a season in which Humboldt High already had to replace several stars from back-to-back undefeated regular seasons, the Cubs found themselves in a vexing spot Friday.
With starting quarterback Gavin Page exiting due to injury, Humboldt turned to sophomore Trey Sommer to lead the way.
Sommer responded resoundingly, racking up more than 300 yards of total offense — 243 on the ground — in a 30-22 victory over the Neodesha Bluestreaks.
The victory keeps Humboldt’s record spotless at 3-0 as the Cubs brace for their toughest test of the season this week, a home game against unbeaten Eureka.
Sommer scored twice in the fourth quarter as Humboldt erased 22-14 deficit.
His monster night included 30 carries for 248 yards with four touchdowns. He also completed 4 of 8 pases for 51 yards, and hauled in a 30-yard reception.
Prior to exiting, Page completed all three of his passes for 25 yards.
Drake Harrington led the Humboldt receiving corps with five receptions for 39 yards.
Sophomore Maddox Johnson spearheaded Humboldt’s defense, with 11 tackles (two for losses), followed by Sommer with nine tickles and Trace Slocum with eight.
Dakota Slocum registered a quarterback sack with a fumble recovery. Blake Walker also recovered a fumble and blocked a Bluestreak punt.
Seth Strange rushed for 96 yards and completed 6 of 9 passes for 80 yards for Neodesha.
Humboldt’s matchup this weekend against Eureka also kicks off Class 2A district play, which determines postseason playoff participation.
ELSEWHERE, Crest High stands at 3-0 following another convincing victory Friday.
The Lancers crushed Marais des Cygnes Valley, 72-22, ending the game in the third quarter via the Kansas eight-man mercy rule.
Jacquez Coleman picked up 150 yards and three touchdowns on 10 carries. Coleman also connected with Tyson Hermreck on a 25-yard touchdown pass.
Meanwhile, Holden Barker’s eight carries traveled 132 yards, with two scores among them. Stratton McGhee added 97 yards and a touchdown with his seven carries. Caleb Nolan had two touchdowns among his six carries. He also crossed the century mark with 104 yards. Trevor Kennington racked up 27 yards on the ground on three carries, one of which went for a touchdown.
McGhee led the defense with seven tackles.
Crest hosts St. Paul Friday to start district play.
Speaking of which, Yates Center moved to 2-1 on the season Friday with a 46-0 whitewash over St. Paul. The Wildcats travel to Oswego for Week 4.
Marmaton Valley dropped to 1-2 with a 58-26 loss to Chetopa. The Wildcats resume play Friday at home against Cedar Vale-Dexter.
Southern Coffey County fell to eight-man power Madison Friday, 53-6. The Titans will return to the field Friday at home against Waverly.
Passing: Humboldt — Page 3-3-25, Sommer 4-8-51. Neodesha — Songer 2-5-11, Strange 6-0-80.
Rushing: Humboldt — Counsil 6-10, Gean 1-0, Harrington 2-9, Page 4-14, Sommer 30-243. Neodesha — Songer 5-18, Strange 12-96, Harrall 5-48, Cole 12-67.
Receiving: Humboldt — Counsil 1-7, Harrington 5-39, Sommer 1-30. Neodesha — Songer 2-55, Harrall 1-5, Cole 5-31.