Thursday, October 13, 2022

Albany's strong second half is key to big 46-12 win over King City

by Jeremy Benson,

The Albany Warriors were tied 12-12 with the King City Wildkats and were facing a 4th down at their own 17 with just over 2 minutes left in the 2nd quarter.  The Warriors previous possession ended in a 4-yard punt.  This time, the punter fumbled the snap and the Wildkats recovered the ball.  King City was 11 yards away from potentially taking a halftime lead.  

King City was able to get the ball to the 2-yard line, but turned it over on downs.  Albany took over with 1:06 left on the clock, but they were 78 yards (on an 80-yard field) away from pay dirt.  After trading penalties, Kemper Cline gained a yard on the next play.  With the clock winding down, Cline was able to get a first down and get out of bounds right at the chains, but he was still 68 yards away with about 30 seconds left.  But Cline would then find Porter Davis at midfield.  A play later, Davis would streak down the sideline, and Cline delivered a perfect pass to the 4-yard line.  Cline would run it in on the next play with 5 second left to put the Warriors up 18-12.

It would be Cline's 3rd rushing touchdown of the half.  He started off the game with a 41-yard touchdown which capped off a 55-yard drive in which Cline rushed for all 55 yards.  Cline would also score from 9 yards out early in the 2nd quarter.

King City was set to get the ball first in the 2nd half, but Albany surprised them by starting with a successful onside kick.  Albany turned it into a Kline's 4th touchdown run of the game from 7 yards out on the 6th play of the drive.

After a 3 and out by King City, Albany put together another drive.  This time, Cline was on the passing end with Kyle Burke scoring on a 7-yard TD reception.  The Warriors would lead 32-12 after 3.

Albany would score two more touchdowns in the 4th quarter.  The first was on a 25-yard interception return from Burke.  He had two interceptions in the 4th quarter.  Cline would connect with Jerrid Bunten on Albany's final drive for an 11-yard TD reception to make it 46-12.

Both of King City's scores came in the first quarter on TD passes from Blakely Eaton.  The first was a pass from 29 yards to Ron Pulliam.  The second was 14 yards to Samuel Derks.

I talked with both coaches and Jered Rolves of Albany TV after the game.

Stats (Unofficial)

Kemper Cline, 8-12, 118 yards, 2 TD

Kemper Cline, 170 yards, 4 TD
Jerrid Bunten, 78 yards
Troy Popplewell, 8 yards
Porter Davis, -1 yard

Porter Davis, 77 yards
Kyle Burke, 30 yards, 1 TD
Jerrid Bunten, 11 yards, 1 TD

Kyle Burke, 2 interceptions, 1 TD

373 Total Yards, 255 Rushing, 118 Receiving

King City
Blakely Eaton, 7-16, 77 yards, 2 TD, 2 Int
Zeke Fisher, 1-1, -5 yards
Ty Mooney, 0-1

Ty Mooney, 116 yards
Ryder Sample, 10 yards
Ron Pulliam, 7 yards
Blakely Eaton, 1 yard
Zeke Fisher, -1 yard

Ron Pulliam, 56 yards, 1 TD
Samuel Derks, 14 yards, 1 TD
Ty Mooney, 2 yards

204 Total Yards, 132 Rushing, 72 Receiving

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