POTOSI — When week four of the prep football schedule came around last Friday night, four teams in the Six Rivers Conference had unbeaten records of 3–0.
Two of those teams, Potosi and Cassville, met on the Chieftains’ home field last Friday night.
Behind a potent offensive attack, combined with a stingy defense, the Chieftains upheld their unbeaten record with a 46–8 victory over the Comets.
Even though a mere 18 miles separates the two communities, Potosi coach Mark Siegert wasn’t exactly sure what to expect Friday night when his Chieftains took the field against Cassville.
"We weren’t going into the game overconfident,” he said. “We hadn’t played Cassville forever, and it’s one of our closest rivals.”
With a nine-team conference and an eight-week schedule that included one non-conference game each, the Chieftains and Comets did not play each other in 2012.
And, with the JV games between the two programs being cancelled over the past few years for one reason or another, the neighboring rivalry has been somewhat sidelined for the seniors on this year’s squads.
In fact, the last time these two teams met was on Aug. 20, 2011 as part of the Six Rivers Jamboree at UW–Platteville, when this year’s upperclassmen were freshmen and sophomores.
Nonetheless, the Chieftains put on a scoring show that produced 16 points in the first quarter, followed by 30 more in the second, on their way to a convincing 46–8 final.
The Chieftains scored touchdowns on two of their first three possessions, and on the other ran out of downs at Cassville’s nine-yard line.
Cassville on the other hand, had three three-and-outs, and a lost fumble in their first four possessions. The Comets’ only score was a special team’s touchdown on a Dylan Ganahal-Johll 87-yard kickoff return, making the score 46–8 at the half.
Potosi senior Chase Kruser and junior quarterback Kyle Kaiser hooked up for three touchdowns in the first half, on passes of 14, 12 and 23 yards.
Junior running back Brent Curtis scored two times for the Chieftains, the first on a 10-yard run in the first quarter, and the second on a one-yard TD plunge in the second.
Senior fullback Trevor Ehlen scored Potosi’s other touchdown on a six-yard scamper with 4:58 to play in the second quarter.
On the ensuing kick off Ganahal-Johll sprinted from one side of the field to the other, and proceeded down the right sideline for Cassville’s only TD of the night. Luke Kirschbaum hauled in the two-point conversion pass from Hunter Nix.
Cassville threatened one other time late in the first half, but on third-and-goal from Potosi’s 14-yard line, a Hunter Nix pass was picked off by Ehlen.
Ehlen appeared to be off to the races headed for a touchdown as time expired, but Cassville’s Dallas Esser tackled him at the 15-yard line to save the score.
With the running clock in effect for the second half, and most of the second-stringers on the field, neither team put together any threat of a scoring drive.
The Chieftains concluded the game with 176 yards rushing on 37 attempts, and was led by Curtis, who finished with 81 yards on 12 carries.
Through the air, Potosi quarterback Kyle Kaiser completed 12-of-15 passing attempts for 131 yards and three touchdowns.
The Comets concluded the game with 99 yards rushing, and were led by Cole Adams, who finished with 41 yards on two carries.
Quarterback Hunter Nix completed 4-of-17 passing attempts for 26 yards and was picked off once.
The Chieftains have Benton/Scales Mound (0–4, 0–4) this Friday, then take on Black Hawk (4–0, 3–0) on Sept. 28.
Potosi 46, Cassville 8
(from Friday, Sept. 13 @ Potosi)
Cassville 0 8 0 0 — 8
Potosi 16 30 0 0 — 46
P: Chase Kruser 14 pass from Kyle Kaiser (Teagan Friederick run)
P: Brent Curtis 10 run (Kruser pass from Kaiser)
P: Kruser 12 pass from Kaiser (Trevor Ehlen run)
P: Ehlen 6 run (Curtis run)
C: Ganahl-Johll 87 kickoff return (Kirschbaum pass from Nix)
P: Kruser 23 pass from Kaiser (Kruser pass from Kaiser)
P: Curtis 1 run (kick failed)
First downs: C 7, P 17. Rushing: C 28-99, P 37-176. Passing yards: C 26, P 131. Passes: C 4-17-1, P 12-15-0. Fumbles-lost: C 4-3, P 202. Penalties-yards: C 4-25, P 5-30.
Rushing: C: Cole Adams 2-39; P: Brent Curtis 12-81. Passing: C: Hunter Nix 4-17-1, 26; P: Kyle Kaiser 12-15-0, 131. Receiving: C: Caleb Dahse 2-17; P: Chase Kruser 7-96.