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Honkers nail down homecoming win...

It was a rainy night in Kenmare Friday but the Honker football players couldn’t have enjoyed it more as they sealed their first win of the 2017 season with a 28-0 win over Nedrose.

9/26/17 (Tue)

It was a rainy night in Kenmare Friday but the Honker football players couldn’t have enjoyed it more as they sealed their first win of the 2017 season with a 28-0 win over Nedrose.

Named homecoming king just a day earlier, wide receiver Jacob Rodin went on a tear, scoring three touchdowns while Tevin Dix picked off a Nedrose pass in the fourth quarter and ran 40 yards for a major score.

The Cardinals, who had won their first-ever game a week earlier in a 6-0 overtime win against Lewis & Clark, didn’t have a chance against a potent Honker defense. The Honkers dominated the line of scrimmage.

Nedrose was limited to just 21 yards total offense and one of those plays was a 19-yard pass completion that started the second half.

“We generally played well and played like we practiced all week,” head coach Jim Carlisle said. “It’s the best we’ve played all year.”

Weather conditions did play a part, however. Carlisle said the team took care of the ball better in the loss to Velva, which was also on a rain-soaked field and despite four turnovers in the first quarter because of the wet ball, the Honkers dodged a bullet.

Two of Rodin’s scores came in the first half with two-point converts and they went into the locker room with a 16-0 lead.

Carlisle said the coaching staff challenged the players to play better in the second half.

“And they responded well,” he said. “I’m proud of them.”

He said Dix and Rodin were undoubtedly outstanding in Friday’s game, not just because they were the playmakers, but because they were on their toes the entire game, waiting for the right moment.

Both of the second-half scores came in the fourth quarter after a scoreless third.

Rodin took a 60-yard pass completion into the end zone and Dix picked off the Nedrose quarterback from 40 yards out to seal the homecoming win.

“I called time out and said we need a turnover,” Carlisle said. “It’s strange how that worked out on the next play, but we practice turnover drills so I shouldn’t be surprised.”

He said a lot of things clicked for the kids in this game, after weeks of frustration in losses to Killdeer, Minot Ryan, Stanley and Velva.

“We have always played well on defense,” Carlisle said. “We just needed the offense to get busy and we did that Friday night. We created at least six turnovers so it was a complete game for the Honkers.”

According to Carlisle the team has taken its licks in the new, 11-man league . As an example, Velva remains undefeated at 5-0, Killdeer and Minot Ryan are both at 4-1 and Stanley is 3-2.

Nedrose is now 1-4 and the remainder of the season for the Honkers features 0-5 Lewis & Clark, then 1-4 New Town with the season finale against 4-1 Des Lacs/Burlington.

“It might have helped to have a tough schedule the first half of the season,” Carlisle said. “And the key to winning is in the second half of the football game.” ... Read EVERY WORD on EVERY PAGE of The Kenmare News by subscribing--online or in print!