Double Overtime, Storm falls to Kohawks

by Dustin Smothers

The Simpson football team battled the Kohawks of Coe lastweekend, losing the close game in double overtime. The teams hadidentical records of 5-3 and 4-2 in conference play, but Coe put upa strong defensive effort in the second overtime to edge Simpson,24-17.

The Storm escaped with a road victory at Coe last year,20-13.

“[Coe is] an up-and-down team,” junior Dusty Kain said. “Theyaren’t supposed to be that good, but we went up there last year andthey gave us a good game, and this year they did it again.”

The Kohawks jumped to a 14-0 lead in the second quarter, butSimpson answered with a run by sophomore Eric Hentges from a yardout to bring the Storm within a touchdown. Hentges would add asecond touchdown from a yard out with 10 seconds left in the halfto tie the game going into halftime.

Defense was the name of the game in the third quarter as bothteams played a defensive chess match. Neither defense allowed anypoints in the third.

The Storm broke through in the fourth after the offense wasstopped five yards short of a touchdown. Junior Sean Smith kicked a22-yard field goal to give the Storm a 17-14 lead.

Simpson’s defense continued to be strong, forcing Coe to puntand turn the ball over on downs in consecutive drives. All Simpsonhad to due was run out the clock.

With 1:01 left in regulation, Simpson was forced to punt.Sophomore punter Geoff Skinner took the snap to kick it away, butdropped the ball and was tackled for a nine-yard loss. The Kohawksgot the ball with 53 seconds left to play in the game. Coeconverted on a 24-yard field goal with 4 seconds left to send thegame into overtime.

In the first extra session, neither team scored after Simpsonmissed a field goal and Coe botched their field-goal attempt. TheKohawks finally converted on a touchdown in the second overtime toput the pressure on the Storm.

Needing to score, Simpson was set up in a third and goalsituation from the 8-yard-line. Looking to pass the ball, juniorquarterback Scott McCarty took a sack for a four-yard loss on thethird down. McCarty’s pass was batted down on fourth to seal up thewin for Coe.

Kain said that the team has to keep a positive attitude to endthe season on a high note.

“We still have a chance to play for a winning record thisweekend and stay above .500,” Kain said.