The Culver football team traveled to Mount Angel to play the Kennedy Trojans Oct. 25.
Before Friday night's game, both Kennedy and Culver had 6-1 overall records. The Trojans were ranked No. 4 in 2A and the Bulldogs No. 6.
Costly turnovers by the Culver Bulldogs saw Kennedy come away with a 40-6 victory. Kennedy is now ranked No. 1 in 2A and Culver (5-2 overall, 2-2 in league play) is now the No. 9 ranked 2A team.
Culver was able to score on the first play of the game, when Jordan VanAlstyne returned the opening kickoff to the house for a touchdown. The Bulldogs took an early 6-0 lead, but four turnovers by Culver saw the Trojans put up 40 points.
"Kennedy is a tough team; they are really disciplined, and pretty physical up front," head coach Shea little said. "The first quarter was 7-6 and kids were battling, playing a good game and we had four interceptions in the first half, which didn't help us, but one things we were really proud of is how the kids weren't dogging on each other."
"We really talked about being a brotherhood this week, especially through adversity and they really performed well with that," he said. "We were still jacked up at the end of the game and I think the other team was surprised by how hard our team was still going in the fourth quarter. We were impressed with that."
Culver was 2-for-8 with 6 yards passing and had 85 yards rushing on 35 attempts. Culver running back Zachary Wiseman ran the ball for 29 yards on 14 carries. Coy Aldrich was able to earn 30 rushing yards on four carries for Culver.
"We didn't move the ball very well, even rushing," said Little. "They were real big up front and a bit faster than us on the edges. Kids battled well, but they were bigger than us and a bit faster, so it was tough to get yards. We were pretty one-dimensional after we threw four interceptions. They knew that and really loaded the box."
Cord Gomes and Aldrich also led the team in tackles with nine, while Justyce Loredo ended the game with seven tackles.
"They (Kennedy) threw the ball a lot this week and they threw it well," Little said. "I think they had two passing touchdowns. They threw the ball a lot, but I would say it was still 70/30 percentage-wise (running 70%).
"We knew it was going to be a tough game," he said. "We knew they would be physical; we still need to work on our assignment, our pass game. The team really needs to get the pass game and play-action game going again. That will be a point of emphasis and the next team we see, we match up pretty well."
"It should be a good game against Sheridan and we are just going to focus on what we can do, focus on the next game and improve every time we step on the field," he said. "That is a daily goal for us. We are not feeling bad about that last game. The team performed well, we came out healthy and we kept after it. Senior night is Friday and hopefully, (we have) a shot at the playoffs."
Culver (5-2) plays its senior night game at home against the No. 6 ranked Sheridan Spartans (5-2) at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1. That will be the last regular season game for Culver.
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