The Arapahoe High School Warriors hosted Amherst on Friday, September 7 in football action.
Amherst was the first to strike in the game. After being forced to punt by the Warriors, a costly roughing the punter penalty extended the drive. Dominic Espersen ran the ball across the stripe to cap the drive with a four-yard touchdown. Espersen broke a big 38-yard run in the second quarter for his second score of the night. The Broncos took an early 14-0 lead. Arapahoe responded with a touchdown drive of their own. Carson Schroeder broke a 23-yard run for a touchdown. Amherst took a 14-8 lead into the half.
Amherst had a quick score in the third quarter. Sam Florell ran the ball in from 10 yards out. The Warriors came back down the field and Colton Hearn broke a huge 47-yard touchdown run to make the score 22-14 in favor of Amherst. The Broncos added two more touchdowns in the fourth quarter to seal the game. Cole Stokebrand scored with one yard and 10-yard touchdown runs. Amherst came away with a 37-14 win.
Coach Dustin Kronhofman commented, “Amherst played very aggressive on defense and were sending multiple blitzers every play. We did not do a good job of communication on the line and allowed defenders run in free all night. We could not get anything going on offense. Defensively, we played well enough to win and did not allow any passing yards all night, but costly turnovers on our first possession of the second half and a bad snap on a punt led directly to Amherst scores. Amherst played with a lot of intensity and effort and unfortunately we did not match that effort.”
Arapahoe finished with 208 yards of total offense on 67 plays. Gentry Anderson had 76 yards passing and 39 yards rushing. Colton Hearn led the team with 62 yards and a score on eight carries. Carson Schroeder added 31 yards and a score on nine carries. Yordi Gutierrez led the team with 71 yards receiving on eight receptions.
Arapahoe allowed 219 yards against Amherst. The Warriors forced two turnovers. Gentry Anderson led the team with 15 tackles. Branigan Schaben had 14 tackles. Yordi Gutierrez was the third Warriors with double digit tackles in 12.
The Warriors suffered a tough loss at the hands of Amherst. They are 2-1 on the season. They will look to get back to the winning column in two weeks. They will travel to Cambridge for their first game in quite some time. They will play on Friday, September 21. Arapahoe and Hitchcock County lead D1-9 subdistrict with 2-1 records. Cambridge and Dundy County-Stratton are both 1-1. Southwest is 0-2, and Alma is 0-3.
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