By Kai Raymer (For OzarksSportsZone.com)
The duo with superhero nicknames flashed their playmaking powers. Parkview finally beat Kickapoo.
Even a 90-minute weather delay couldn’t dampen a feel-good night for the Vikings.
Blake “The Snake” Delacruz and Jevin “Killspeed” Huddleston combined for over 400 rushing yards and six touchdowns as the Vikings shredded Kickapoo 44-7 at JFK Stadium.
“(Beating Kickapoo) is something we haven’t done in six years,” Huddleston said. “We’ve been talking all summer long – the Class of 2019 and 2020 is making change at Parkview. We’re changing (the culture) around. Tonight, we were showing it.”
It was Parkview’s first win over Kickapoo since 2012, when the current seniors were in 6th grade, and the fewest points the Vikings (2-1 overall) have allowed since a 28-0 win over Hillcrest three years ago.
“I feel like there’s been a culture change within these kids,” said Vikings head coach Ben Dougherty. “It’s not just a change in leadership or anything like that, it’s a change with these kids in how hard they’re willing to work from last year to this year.”
Delacruz went off for 277 yards and four touchdowns on 28 carries. On his final two carries, he helped the Vikings slam the door shut on Kickapoo with touchdown runs of 64 and 10 yards, respectively.
“He’s the best player we’ve had since I’ve been here,” Dougherty said. “Just in terms of how hard he works, his overall talent and work ethic… I couldn’t be happier for someone like Blake.”
Huddleston had scintillating touchdown runs of 65 and 60 yards on jet sweeps. He finished with 162 rushing yards on just five carries and added two catches for 19 yards.
“First one, felt great. They gave me the nickname Killspeed for a reason,” Huddleston said. “When I take off, I take off on ‘cats. Second one, I put the burners on, too, but I started cramping up a bit.
“But it felt great to score (twice) against Kickapoo.”
Huddleston, who’s also a sprinter for the track team, explained his unique nickname.
“It was accidental,” Huddleston said. “We always say, ‘speed kills, speed kills.’ My brother, Pahmel Archer, one day in practice he said ‘Killspeed’ when he meant to say, ‘speed kills.’ Ever since then, coaches and players have been calling me Killspeed, so I have to live up to the nickname.”
The Vikings held a 14-0 lead before a weather delay halted the game at the 8:16 mark of the second quarter.
After play resumed, Parkview forced Kickapoo into a 3-and-out then marched 50 yard in seven plays and scored on a 5-yard touchdown pass from Trevor Boice to Tyrone Newburn.
After a 20-0 halftime lead, Parkview added touchdown runs from Huddleston and Delacruz to go up 32-0.
“It’s been a long time coming,” Dougherty said about Parkview’s win over Kickapoo. “To do it in the fashion we did, it’s so impressive. I’m so proud of these kids.”
Kickapoo finally scored in the fourth quarter on a 19-yard touchdown pass from Cross Elmquist to Austin Hutson.
The Chiefs were stymied by a dominant Parkview line on both sides of the ball. Following the weather delay, Kickapoo went 3-and-out on its first five possessions.
Parkview also limited Kickapoo to fewer than 50 total rushing yards.
“We have a lot more attitude on the team this year because we know what we have and we know what we can accomplish,” Huddleston said. “All summer, we’ve been wanting to beat Kickapoo. Hard work and grit got us a win tonight.”
Kickapoo (1-2 overall) hosts 3-0 West Plains next week. Parkview travels to Rolla in a matchup of 2-1 teams.
Parkview 44, Kickapoo 7
Kickapoo 0 0 0 7 — 7
Parkview 14 6 6 18 — 44
Parkview – Delacruz 11 run (Luevano-Fuentes kick)
Parkview – Huddleston 65 run (Luevano-Fuentes kick)
Parkview – Newburn 5 catch from Boice (kick failed)
Parkview – Huddleston 60 run (pass failed)
Parkview – Delacruz 3 run (pass failed)
Kickapoo – Hutson 19 catch from Elmquist (Cybulski kick)
Parkview – Delacruz 64 run (pass failed)
Parkview – Delacruz 10 run (kick failed)
Unofficial stat leaders
Passing: Elmquist 13-for-32 for 173 yards, 1 TD and 1 INT.
Rushing: Maugans 11 carries for 17 yards
Receiving: Hutson 4 catches for 49 yards; King 3 catches for 37 yards and 1 TD; Tyson 3 catches for 28 yards
Passing: Boice 7-for-14 for 55 yards and 1 TD
Rushing: Delacruz 28 carries for 277 yards and 4 TDs; Huddleston 5 carries for 162 yards and 2 TDs
Receiving: Rogers 2 catches for 45 yards; Huddleston 2 catches for 19 yards Newburn 1 catch for 5 yards and 1 TD