Minatare rolls past Banner County, 66-31
     2014-10-09      By Roger Holsinger   
Photo by Roger Holsinger Photography - Minatare’s Juan Garfio heads upfield to score after a Banner County punt on Oct. 3. Garfio scored three times against Banner County including two punt returns for the score. 
MINATARE — The Minatare Indians scored quickly and frequently here Oct. 3 as they rolled over the Wildcats of Banner County, 66-31. With the win, the Indians improve to 3-2 on the season and travel to Cody-Kilgore on Friday with kickoff set for 2 p.m.
Minatare Assistant Coach Matt Korkow said the coaching staff was pleased with the performance of the team; not only those on the field, but players along the sideline.

“It was the most emotional game I’ve seen so far,” said Korkow. “The entire team was in it including those on the sideline, and that was really good to see.”

He added that the offense and defense both played strong, adding the special teams played exceptionally well including Yovan Perez who ran three touchdown kicks back for scores.

Korkow said Cody-Kilgore lost to Hyannis last Friday, 51-0, but that they can’t look past the Cowboys, who are 2-3. Cody-Kilgore picked up wins against Walthill and St. Edward, but are 0-2 in the district, while Minatare is 1-1 in district play.

He said there are a number of areas the team will focus on this week in practice.

“We need to improve our blocking schemes up front and need to do a better job of communicating. We did well with those things in the first half against Banner County, but not as well in the second half,” he said. “The key to us winning on Friday will be communicating, having each player do their own job and knowing their assignments.

“That’s something we always say during pregame and we can’t be flatfooted this week. We have to come out ready to play and play strong. We cannot be a second half team,” Korkow added.
Perez opened the game Friday with an 80-yard score to give the Indians a 6-0 lead. Perez then intercepted a Banner County pass, but the Indians turned it over on downs. After another series, Banner County got on the board as Mike McKown connected with Tyson Dahlgrin for a 20-yard score. With 2:15 left in the first quarter, the game was tied at six.

Perez took the ensuing kickoff 65 yards the next time and after a successful PAT, Minatare led 14-6. The Indian defense forced the Wildcats to punt and Juan Garfio returned it for a 40-yard score to give the Indians a 22-6 lead at the end of the first quarter.

It was four and out for the Wildcats on their next possession and again Garfio took the punt 57-yards for the score. Banner County appeared to be on a roll as Kaden Huber grabbed a McKown pass to the Minatare 32, but the Indian defense stopped the Wildcats again.

Garfio added another touchdown after Minatare quarterback Tyler Koke found him open for a 38-yard score. Banner County added another score late in the second quarter as Dahlgrin ran it in from three yards out, but Minatare answered back as Perez hit Koke for a 32-yard score and the Indians went in at halftime leading, 42-12.

Minatare’s scoring continued in the second half as Chance McAllister recovered a fumble and took it in for the score and midway through the quarter Perez connected again with Koke for a 37-yard score and after a successful kick, Minatare had a commanding, 58-12 lead.

Banner County added an early score in the fourth quarter as McKown connected with Dalton Jordan, and then Bryce Olsen scored from 14 yards out after a Minatare fumble. On the ensuing kickoff, Perez went 62 yards to score and with 4:16 remaining, Minatare led 66-24. Banner County added one more score as Dahlgrin ran in it with 1:35 left in the game.

Minatare 22 20 16 8-66
Banner County 6 6 0 19-31

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