9 seniors play last game for WC football

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9 seniors play last game for WC football

By Jerry Wadian


    Friday's home game against Kee High marked the end of West Central football careers for nine seniors.
    Sam Annis, Chase Grimm, Hud Johnston, Kaleb Kime, Dalton Koch, Devin Lamphere, Dustin Richards, Scott Stempfle, and Jordan Taylor played their last games in the 58-6 loss to Kee.
    The Blue Devils broke out front early, taking the opening kick and driving 65 yards for a score. Kaleb Kime connected with Devin Lamphere for 24 yards and a 6-0 Devil lead.    
    The drive took five minutes off of the clock, but the run for the two-point conversion was stopped short. Still, the Devils held the lead, and the crowd was supercharged.
    However, that proved to be the highlight of the game as Kee's defense only allowed WC 186 yards of offense the rest of the game. It was  a case of WC moving the ball but not being able to get to the red zone. Each team had 11 first downs, but  the Devils turned the ball over twice.
    Meanwhile, the Kee O lived up to its district second-seed status, rushing for 265 yards and passing for another 99 yards.
    Head coach Steve Milder gave playing time to as many players as he could on offense. Seven different players had rushing yardage, led by James Niemann's 121 yards on 27 carries. For the season, Niemann toted the ball 188 times for 1074 yards and nine TDs.
    Kaleb Kime had the one pass completion Friday for a TD. Johnston fulfilled a dream when he got in for a series at QB. “The biggest quarterback in the state,” joked the 6'3” 275-pound lineman.
    The defense, on the other hand, was limited to nine Devil athletes. Koch led the way on defense with 13 tackles, while Niemann made nine stops. Taylor, Koch and Niemann each made three solo tackles.
    West Central ends the 2013 season at 3-4 in District 4 action and 3-6 overall.
    While there were only four juniors on the roster this fall, there were many freshmen and sophomores who got quality playing time this season, giving WC a strong cadre of experience to rely on next year.   

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