Comets Cruise to Win in Home Opener
Providing 381 yards of total offense is a great way to start the season. Hillcrest had little trouble establishing home field advantage after Senior Chris Tungseth scampered for a first down on a fake punt, capitalizing on what seemed to be a quick 3-and-out opening drive to start the 2015 football season. Scoring on the first drive of the season, the Comets established their 2015 season and cruised to an opening night win.
Following Tungseth's bold run, Junior quarterback Sean McGuire found Reggie Undseth on a quick-out at the 30 yard line. Undseth quickly turned up-field and planted his left foot in an ankle-breaking move that left Hancock's cornerback reaching for air. Undseth sprinted to the middle of the field, averting the two more defenders, scoring Hillcrest's first touchdown of 2015 on a thirty-seven yard pass play.
Later in the half Undseth picked-off a deep throw from Hancock quarterback Kaleb Koehl and tight-rope walked the sidelines in front the homefield crowd for an impressive interception. In a following Hancock possession, Undseth, gaining noteriety as ball-hawk from his work Saturday night, picked-off a midfield throw from Koehl near the end of the second-half and played-off a number of well-placed blocks from his teammates as he sprinted eighty yards for a touchdown. The Comets entered half-time with a 14-0 lead.
The second-half brought-out some of Hillcrest's lesser known weapons. Quarterback Sean McGuire's passing is renown, but his footwork at the line is something Hillcrest has kept a secret until Saturday night. Peeking through a hole in the offensive line, Sean darted fifty-nine yards for the end zone. Moments later Junior Jordan Foss booted a 27 yard field goal and gave Hillcrest a 23-0 lead.
With fourteen seconds off the clock in the fourth quarter, Hancock put 6 points on the board following a 63 yard pass from Koehl to Noah Kannegiesser. Hancock's commitment to their passing game earned only one score on the night, providing 6 turnovers at the hands of Comet defenders.
Hillcrest's air attack was more successful. McGuire was 17-38 passing for 188 yards. Undseth finished the game with 126 yards receiving on 6 catches. Chris Tungseth and Sam Isaac hauled in four passes each, with Isaac crossing the goal line for the final score of the game. The air attack opened lanes for McGuire. He provided 116 of HIllcrest's 193 rushing yards, taking advantage of great blocking from his offensive line.
The Comets 30-6 win on Saturday prepared them for a much more difficult challenge they will face on Friday, August 28 in Verndale. Verndale is in the new re-districting of Section 6 West South 1 9-Man football. The section is likely one of the toughest in the state of Minnesota, housing perennial powerhouses Bertha-Hewitt, Park Christian, Underwood, and Verndale.