Hickman is prepared for last road game of the season

11 months 2 weeks 19 hours ago Thursday, October 17 2019 Oct 17, 2019 Thursday, October 17, 2019 11:33:21 PM CDT October 17, 2019 in Friday Night Fever
By: Joseph Hernandez, Columbia Missourian

Hickman coach Cedric Alvis isn’t going to Kansas City for barbeque.

While Joe’s Kansas City Bar-B-Que would be his choice, it’s another business trip for the Kewpies (2-5), as they are on the road for a Friday matchup against Truman (1-6).

Truman was shut out last week by Park Hill South, losing 38-0, while Hickman lost its opportunity to shock the Missouri high school football world in the final seconds, falling to undefeated North Kansas City 38-35.

Both teams have something to prove come Friday and by the end of the night, one of them will have put an end to its losing streak.

Despite losing its Homecoming game, there were a lot of positives that Hickman coaches took away from the player’s performances. The team has been able to move the ball on offense at a consistent pace on the ground.

Senior running back Felix Pippenger had 177 yards on 27 carries with two touchdowns, and senior quarterback Jevean Brown added 72 yards on 11 carries with a touchdown that tied the game in the fourth quarter.

The high numbers in the running game are not possible without the improvements on the offensive line. Will Schommer, Zeke Arnold, Brandon Rhen, Declan Irelan and Adison Barnett-Hill have stepped their games up and are playing at high levels at the right moment.

“The players have come together and we work more as a unit now,” Irelan said. “It’s more of a brotherhood among the O-line and everyone on the team.”

The offensive line continuing to play at this level is going to be key for its upcoming game against the Patriots. It’s going to be another intense game for Hickman, as it’ll match ing up with a Truman team that has size on the defensive line and is known to be physical.

On the defensive side, it’s about getting back to the basics and working on the fundamentals of the game.

That includes tackling, a key aspect of the game that Hickman has struggled with the past few weeks. The Kewpies have allowed 100-yard rushing performances in their past two games, with North Kansas City having two players go for 134 yards and 130 yards, respectively.

Hickman had North Kansas City on third-and-short numerous times throughout the game and could not get the defense off the field because it could not bring the ball carrier down.

Broken tackles, jukes and all kinds of evasive maneuvers that opposing offenses put on the Kewpie defense have kept them out of the win column and is something that will have to stop.

Assistant coach Kole Hinton said that the team has done a nice job of playing its style of football and has found its identity in the past few games, with the focus now being on ironing out the wrinkles.

Hickman will have the perfect opportunity to iron out its wrinkles at 7 p.m. Friday in Independence.

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA- KOMU 8's Jordan Berger sat down virtually with Jane Lynch, new host of the reboot of the Weakest Link.... More >>
2 days ago Tuesday, September 29 2020 Sep 29, 2020 Tuesday, September 29, 2020 12:44:00 PM CDT September 29, 2020 in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) -- Kansas City patrol officers will begin wearing body cameras early next year. The police department says... More >>
2 days ago Tuesday, September 29 2020 Sep 29, 2020 Tuesday, September 29, 2020 12:06:00 PM CDT September 29, 2020 in News
(CNN) -- When 5-year-old Carver learned about the wildfires ravaging his home state of Oregon, he told his grandmother Sasha... More >>
2 days ago Tuesday, September 29 2020 Sep 29, 2020 Tuesday, September 29, 2020 11:42:00 AM CDT September 29, 2020 in News
BOONE COUNTY- The Boone County Sheriff's Department responded to a shots fired incident at the intersection of Mauller Road and... More >>
2 days ago Tuesday, September 29 2020 Sep 29, 2020 Tuesday, September 29, 2020 11:33:00 AM CDT September 29, 2020 in News
MISSOURI- As COVID-19 continues to spread, KOMU 8 will continue to update you about impacts in the community. The... More >>
2 days ago Tuesday, September 29 2020 Sep 29, 2020 Tuesday, September 29, 2020 11:00:00 AM CDT September 29, 2020 in News
(CNN) -- Summer's over, but the pandemic persists. The days are getting shorter and colder. And the next few months... More >>
2 days ago Tuesday, September 29 2020 Sep 29, 2020 Tuesday, September 29, 2020 10:36:00 AM CDT September 29, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - The Missouri Students Association (MSA) will host a public, full senate meeting Tuesday over Zoom and Facebook. ... More >>
2 days ago Tuesday, September 29 2020 Sep 29, 2020 Tuesday, September 29, 2020 9:28:00 AM CDT September 29, 2020 in News
As COVID-19 continues to spread, KOMU 8 will continue to update you about impacts in the community. Previous coverage: ... More >>
2 days ago Tuesday, September 29 2020 Sep 29, 2020 Tuesday, September 29, 2020 9:00:00 AM CDT September 29, 2020 in News
(CNN) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, who have cut several major deals during the coronavirus... More >>
2 days ago Tuesday, September 29 2020 Sep 29, 2020 Tuesday, September 29, 2020 8:43:45 AM CDT September 29, 2020 in News
MEXICO, Mo. — The Mexico Public Safety Department responded to a report of a gunshot wound around 2 p.m. Monday.... More >>
2 days ago Tuesday, September 29 2020 Sep 29, 2020 Tuesday, September 29, 2020 8:23:00 AM CDT September 29, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Game night looks different at restaurants and bars with the health order and social distancing measures. Columbia... More >>
2 days ago Tuesday, September 29 2020 Sep 29, 2020 Tuesday, September 29, 2020 7:40:00 AM CDT September 29, 2020 in News
CLEVELAND (AP) — In an election year like no other, the first debate between President Donald Trump and his Democratic... More >>
2 days ago Tuesday, September 29 2020 Sep 29, 2020 Tuesday, September 29, 2020 7:25:00 AM CDT September 29, 2020 in News
Columbia utility disconnections start next Monday The City of Columbia will resume utility disconnections on Monday, Oct. 5. This... More >>
2 days ago Tuesday, September 29 2020 Sep 29, 2020 Tuesday, September 29, 2020 5:30:00 AM CDT September 29, 2020 in News
BALTIMORE (AP) — It wasn’t just that Patrick Mahomes threw for a ton of yards and four touchdowns. Most impressive... More >>
2 days ago Tuesday, September 29 2020 Sep 29, 2020 Tuesday, September 29, 2020 5:02:00 AM CDT September 29, 2020 in News
This article was updated by CNN at 10:58 p.m., Monday, Sept. 28. NEW YORK (CNN) — Microsoft 365 was... More >>
2 days ago Tuesday, September 29 2020 Sep 29, 2020 Tuesday, September 29, 2020 5:00:00 AM CDT September 29, 2020 in News
NEW DELHI (AP) — The worldwide death toll from the coronavirus has eclipsed 1 million. The milestone, recorded by Johns... More >>
2 days ago Monday, September 28 2020 Sep 28, 2020 Monday, September 28, 2020 7:58:50 PM CDT September 28, 2020 in Top Stories
COLUMBIA — The City of Columbia will resume utility disconnections on Monday, Oct. 5. This gives customers one week to... More >>
2 days ago Monday, September 28 2020 Sep 28, 2020 Monday, September 28, 2020 7:38:00 PM CDT September 28, 2020 in News
CAMDEN COUNTY, Mo. (KY3) - A woman faces criminal charges in a Camden County woman’s overdose death last year. ... More >>
2 days ago Monday, September 28 2020 Sep 28, 2020 Monday, September 28, 2020 6:28:58 PM CDT September 28, 2020 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 62°
3pm 65°
4pm 63°
5pm 61°
6pm 59°