RICHMOND FOOTBALL….QUICK SCOUT: KOKOMO WILDKATS

Coach: Richard Benberry, 3-5 in 1st year at school

2018 RECORD: 3-5

NCC RECORD: 3-3

2018 RESULTS:

At New Palestine                           L             0             77                         

Plymouth                                          L             19           35                         

Marion                                              L             7             46                         

McCutcheon                                    L             13           24                         

At Lafayette Jeff                             L             13           58                         

At Muncie Central                          W           33           17                         

At Logansport                                 W           45           13                         

Harrison                                            W           13           10

SAGARIN RATINGS: Kokomo, 57.78, 108th overall, 25th in 5A. Richmond, 36.07, 207th overall, 49th in 4A.

LAST OUTING: Richmond lost to Anderson, 27-26. Kokomo defeated Harrison (West Lafayette), 13-10.

vs. COMMON FOES: Richmond 0-4; Kokomo 1-3

OPPONENTS’ RECORDS: Richmond 28-36. Kokomo 44-20.

RECENT SERIES: Richmond, 15-14.

LAST MEETING: Kokomo, 55-21, Oct. 16, 2015.

 

KOKOMO SINCE 1990:

1990      5-4

1991      3-7

1992      4-6

1993      6-3

1994      6-4

1995      5-4

1996      10-1

1997      8-3

1998      5-5

1999      3-7

2000      7-3

2001      4-6

2002      3-7

2003      4-6

2004      1-9

2005      4-6

2006      4-6

2007      8-2

2008      9-2

2009      9-1

2010      9-1

2011      9-3

2012      6-4

2013      5-5

2014      6-4

2015      12-1

2016      8-3

2017      9-5

2018      3-5

 

TEAM STATS:

PASSING

Completions                                    105

Passing Att                                       218

Passing Yards                                   1503

Completion Percentage                .482

Yards Per Completion                   14.3

Passing Yards Per Game               187.9

Completions Per Game                13.1

Passing TDs                                      9

Passing TDs Per Game                  1.1

Passing Int                                        14

Passing Long                                    67

QB Rating                                         58.0

RUSHING

Carriers                                              232

Rushing Yards                                  731

Yards Per Carry                               3.2

Rushing Yards Per Game              91.4

Rushing Long                                   43

Rushing 100 Plus                            4

Rushing TDs                                     11

TOTAL OFFENSE

Rushing Yards                                  731

Passing Yards                                   1503

Receiving Yards                               1500

Total Yards                                       2234

Total Yards Per Game                   279.3

ALL-PURPOSE YARDS

Rushing Yards                                  731

Receiving Yards                               1500

Kickoff Return Yards                      576

Punt Return Yards                          249

Interceptions Yards                       51

All Purpose Yards                           3107

All Purpose Yards Per Game       388.4

DEFENSE

Solo Tackle                                       220

Assists                                                216

Total Tackles                                    436

Tackles Per Game                          54.5

Tackles For Loss                              52.5

Sacks                                                  15.0

Sacks Yards Lost                             85

Sacks Per Game                              1.9

 

INDIVIDUAL LEADERS:

PASSING

#3 Levi Hrabos Senior 6-2 / 195 QB

98-198-1,369YDS-195.6YPG-8TD-14INT/192.7 TO

(BEST GAMES…254 vs. Marion, 249 vs. Logansport, 246 vs. Muncie Central)

RUSHING

#12 Jeremy Baker Junior 6-2 / RB

49C-415YDS-8.5YPC-5TD

(Best Games…136 vs. Logansport, 122 vs. Harrison)

#38 Deshawn Winston Senior 5-8 / 174 RB, CB, FS

98C-249YDS-2.5YPC-4TD

(Best Games…111 vs. Plymouth)

RECEIVING

#21 Steven Edwards Senior SS, RB

37r-693YDS-18.7YPC-5TD

(Best Games…9-126 vs. Logansport, 8-131 vs. Marion)

#84 Julian Wallace Senior 6-1 / 0 WR

20r-258YDS-12.9YPC-2TD

(Best Games…6-95 vs. Muncie Central)

TACKLES

#23 Jabrian Adams Senior 5-10 / 185 MLB, FB…6.3TPG/4.0TFL

#10 Rylee Burnett Senior 6-2 / 191 DE…6.1TPG/5.0TFL

#52 Javias Gray Senior 5-11 / 265T, NG…6.0TPG/13.0TFL

#57 Myles Lenoir Sophomore 5-6 / 0 MLB…4.8TFL/10.0TFL

 

KOKOMO TRIBUNE ARTICLE VS. HARRISON

With just a touchdown on the scoreboard for both sides deep in the fourth quarter, a tense football matchup between Harrison and Kokomo came down to the final minutes Friday night.

Harrison broke a 7-all deadlock with an 81-yard drive that stalled at the Kokomo 3, but yielded a 20-yard field goal by Brian Pennell with just 1:36 left on the clock. That piled pressure on the home team.

Two plays later, the tables turned. Kokomo’s offense struck for a 67-yard bomb from quarterback Kohl Beard to receiver Steven Edwards. The pass caught Edwards in stride and he pulled away from his defender to race into the end zone. That gave Kokomo a 13-10 lead. The Kats missed the extra point and Kokomo’s defense had to sweat out one more series by the Raiders.

A long return by Omarion Dixon put Harrison in business at the Kokomo 40 but the Raiders gained just six yards and couldn’t come up with a first down. Kokomo took over on downs with roughly 30 seconds to play took a knee for a 13-10 victory.

“You’d thought we won a state title,” Kokomo coach Richard Benberry said of the game-winning TD. “You saw water flying and young kids enjoying the moment, and they still had to come back and play a series so we had to calm them down. We’ve still got another 1:20 on the clock.”

Kokomo’s defense forced three incompletions on that last Harrison series. The Raiders’ only yards came on a third-down scramble by quarterback Andrew Jensen. The Raiders had contemplated kicking a field goal from the 34 but opted for a fourth-down play instead and the pass fell incomplete.

“[Pennell] is good from 52, but there was a little wind in his face and we needed to get basically another 10 yards and I would have felt comfortable with it,” Harrison coach Terry Peebles said. “It was one of those grey areas where we’re putting him in a bad position. We were putting our kids in bad positions all day.”

Both offenses had spells of moving the ball but drives stalled frequently. Harrison ran for 255 yards and passed for 43 but prior to the fourth-quarter field goal had just one TD to show for it — a one-yard plunge by Dixon to end a 95-yard drive in the second quarter.

Kokomo answered shortly thereafter. Kokomo’s Jabrian Adams recovered a muffed punt at the Harrison 26 and the next play Kokomo back Jeremy Baker tore away from would-be tackles and ripped off a 26-yard score to tie the game at 7-7 with :46 left before halftime. That score held up at halftime and after three quarters until the final flurry of points in the game’s final two minutes.

Harrison fell to 4-4 overall, and 4-2 in the North Central Conference. Kokomo improved to 3-5, 3-3 NCC following its third straight win.

For Kokomo, backup QB Beard took over as normal starter Levi Hrabos was ruled out for the game due to an injury, as was running back DeShawn Winston. Baker led Kokomo’s running game with 122 yards on 15 carries, and Beard completed 7 of 15 passes for 134 yards. Neither team threw an interception.

“It’s the unknown that makes coaches nervous,” Benberry said of turning to backup players in key spots. “They’ve never seen an element where you have your strong safety [Beard] come over and play quarterback the whole game, and play strong safety at the same time. I can’t speak more about how he showed that he can be that guy.”

Dixon finished with 115 yards on the ground and Jensen ran for 109. Jensen was 2 of 6 through the air.

“They’re stout up front,” Peebles said of Kokomo. “At the end of the game [the field-goal drive], we were trying to run the clock down, kick the field goal. Thought we put ourselves in a good position to win the game, but obviously we didn’t.”

The Kats got clutch efforts on both sides of the ball are now on a three-game happy streak heading into regular-season closer at home to Richmond.

“I’m just happy that our coaching staff stuck together to get something like this,” Benberry said. “We saw that we, as a coaching staff, are starting to see the fruits of our labor.”

 

NCC STANDINGS

CONFERENCE                    OVERALL                            STREAK

Marion                               6-0         257        13           8-  0       346        37           Won 8

Lafayette Jeff                   6-0         312        47           7-  1       395        99           Won 7

McCutcheon                     4-2         145        125        5-  3       184        172        Won 1

Harrison                             4-2         170        79           4-  4       186        133        Lost 1

Kokomo                             3-3         124        168        3-  5       143        280        Won 3

Muncie Central                3-3         144        157        3-  5       170        218        Lost 3

Anderson                           2-4         65           270        2-  6       87           352        Won 2

Logansport                        1-5         83           221        3-  5       193        221        Lost 4

Tech                                    1-5         98           154        1-  7       119        243        Lost 5

Richmond                          0-6         73           237        1-  7       114        305        Lost 7

 

Friday, Oct. 5

Anderson 27, Richmond 26

Kokomo 13, Harrison 10

Lafayette Jeff 55, Logansport 7

Marion 36, Tech 6

McCutcheon 28, Muncie Central 12

 

Friday, Oct. 12

Lafayette Jeff at Tech  7 pm

Logansport at Muncie Central 7 pm

Marion at Harrison 7 pm

McCutcheon at Anderson 7 pm

Richmond at Kokomo  7 pm