2007 Season Recap and Game Summaries
December 30, 2012By Sam Knopik of Pembroke Hill High School Football
We ended the season with a record of 7-3. It began with two amazing victories over John Burroughs and Atchison, KS. We completed the first half of the season 5-0 with a dramatic last second victory over Schlagle, KS. St. Joe LeBlond dealt us our first loss of the season before we won Homecoming and the opening round of district play. The last two weeks were against our toughest two opponents and we came up short. In our last game of the season something happened which I will never forget. On the last play of the game, with 3 seconds left on the clock, Tyler Murray took the pitch and ran 60 yards to the end zone. He would admit later that he started to cry on the 10-yard line.....
While we can never give enough credit to where it is due I will brag about a few statistical team leaders:
PHS: 297 Opponents: 197
PHS: 3056 Opponents: 2376
Tyler Murray 181 carries, 1194 yds 20 TD
Dexter Bradley 40 carries, 213 yds 8 TD
Cam Wilkerson 103 completions, 188 attempts, 1176 yards, 8 TDs
Wyatt Hilkene 33 receptions, 306 yds, 1 TD
Spencer Ladner 32 receptions, 301 yds, 3 TD
Andrew Lewis 19 receptions, 367 yds, 2 TD
Sean Mangiaricina 12 receptions, 168 yds, 3 TD
Andrew Elsberry 86
Dexter Pearson 74
Jacob Cain 4
Week 1 vs John Burroughs
The 2007 season is off to a great start with a victory over John Burroughs last Friday at the BBQ Night. Thanks to all the effort it takes from many people to pull off an event like that. From what I understand it was the largest crowd ever at a BBQ Night!
While the game Friday was a first for the school community to see our team in action we have been very busy since August 6th. Our parent liaisons Peter and Cappy Powell have done an outstanding job in organizing events such as our Golf Day and Team Service Project. After about 10 days of 2-a-day practices we traditionally cut a Friday short and hit the links. This year it was at Minor Park where the team of Dr. Whit Holcomb, James Holcomb and Yours Truly took home the championship. Honestly though Whit was nice enough to let James and I putt in a few of his drives and approach shots! Following our soup scrimmage, which collected approximately 100lbs of canned goods for Harvester’s, the team went over to Boy’s and Girl’s Club of Kansas City to help clean up and organize the facility for their fall semester. Our pre-season climaxed with a Jamboree against Orrick and Cass-Midway. Our staff was able to fix a few problems and the boys were anxious to hit some “fresh meat.”
One of the biggest questions we had was who was going to replace Mike Trent as the “Golden Voice of the Raiders”? Mike is currently serving in Kuwait with the Office of the Staff Judge Advocat. He would undoubtedly appreciate a note from anyone and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Mr. Mike Miller filled in and did a great job.
The game Friday started off really well as we won the coin toss, chose to defer until the second half and then have Burroughs kick us the ball to start the game! Unfortunately, we ended our first series with an interception but held the Bombers to a field goal. The defense played exceptionally well. Wyatt Hilkene led the team with 6 tackles and 1.5 sacks. Jacob Smith forced a fumble early in the game which led to an early touchdown. Bryce Lochmann (returning All-State cornerback), Andrew Elsberry, Jack Duddenhoffer, Sean Mangiaricina, Cam Wilkerson, Jacob Cain, Henry Powell, Brian Baum, Jordan Snyder, Spencer Ladner, Jack Winter, RC Green and Jack Kelly all played large roles in handling the Bomber offense.
In between the dominating defensive performance the offense managed to score 42 points following the Burroughs field goal. Led by junior quarterback, Cam Wilkerson the offense put up 435 total yards. We were 10 of 14 passing for 143 yards 3 TD passes and 2 INT. Our first TD came from the arm of Spencer Ladner to Sean Mangiaricina. I was afraid the pass was over-thrown but Sean hauled it in for the first points of 2007. Andrew Lewis, a senior transfer from Denver, caught a 25 yard Wilkerson TD pass on the next series. Tyler Murray and Dexter Pearson added rushing TD’s to end the first half as the offensive line began to establish themselves. Led by senior Jack Winter and returning starters Jack Duddenhoffer and CJ Slaugher the mighty line mauled their way for 292 yards on the ground. David Smart, James Holcomb, Ryan Grojean, Jeff McRobert, and Austin Schmidt all contributed to the front line’s success.
Special Teams was a bag of mixed emotions. Tyler Murry went 6 for 6 in PAT attempts reassuring the coaching staff that we can kick the ball. Our punt team went for 0 attempts! A feat we hope to replicate many more times. However our punt return struggles getting good field position and in definitely a point of emphasis as we head into next week. For the first time in my career we have partnered with the boys soccer team to use a kicker for varsity football games. Colin Huffer, Trent Sternek and Ryan Buck all suited up Friday. Colin sent his first kickoff into the end-zone for a touchback! Coach Matt Pritchet has been very generous in his willingness to allow a few boys to double-up. In fact Matt thinks very fondly of his time spent on his high school football team as well. It was neat to see the soccer staff working with the boys on the field in pre-game. I was reminded of something Kieth Pence said last week when he was talking about building school pride: “Pembroke Hill—21 sports, 1 TEAM!”
We play at Atchison High School at 7:00 this Friday night. Hopefully, we will be singing with you after the game.