Wildcats fall to Bowling Green on the road

By: 
Theo Tate

Montgomery County junior Logan Hutcheson carries the ball against Bowling Green on Sept. 11. THEO TATE PHOTO

After playing their last two games on the road, the Montgomery County football team is looking forward to coming back home on Sept. 18, when it will take on the South Callaway Bulldogs.

The Wildcats will celebrate Mother’s Night as all of the mothers of the MCHS players and coaches will be recognized.

“We haven’t lost a Mother’s Night the last two years,” MCHS coach John Klekamp said. “We’re hoping to get back to where we need to be as a football team and as a football program.”

The Wildcats also will look to bounce back from a tough road loss to the Bowling Green Bobcats on Sept. 11. MCHS dropped to 1-2 overall and 1-1 in Eastern Missouri Conference play with a 56-32 loss to Bowling Green. The 56 points allowed marked a season high for the Wildcats, who gave up a total of 34 points in their first two games.

“I’m disappointed in myself as a head coach,” Klekamp said. “I’m disappointed overall. We didn’t do what I felt like we needed to do in this game. Hats off to Bowling Green. They did a really good job, but I think we’re a better football team than what we played tonight.”

The week before, MCHS beat Louisiana 40-18 on the road for its first win of the season.

“We played well at times in that game,” said Klekamp, whose team started its season with a 16-12 loss to Hermann on Aug. 28. “But the consistency is not there and that’s on me and the coaching staff. We have to figure out how to play more consistently.”

Against Bowling Green, the Wildcats got a pair of touchdowns from Drake Deuser and a touchdown each from sophomore Travis Hill and juniors Ty Leu and Logan Hutcheson.

Deuser gave MCHS a 6-0 lead on a 23-yard touchdown catch with just three minutes into the game. With time expired in the third quarter, he caught a 12-yard touchdown pass from sophomore quarterback Adam Czerniewski.

Czerniewski and Deuser are sharing quarterback duties this fall. Klekamp said he’s pleased with the way both of them are performing after the first three weeks.

“Both of them can make plays,” the MCHS coach said. “Adam made some really good plays tonight. Drake made a ton of great plays tonight.”

But the efforts didn’t help the Wildcats knock off Bowling Green for the second year in a row. Last year, MCHS came from behind to beat the Bobcats 37-33 at Bowling Green.

“It was a tough night and we didn’t do what we needed to do to win the football game,” Klekamp said. “I’m going to take a lot of that myself. We’ve got to do a better job and I need to do a better job and hopefully we’ll be ready to play South Callaway next week.”

South Callaway will head into the contest with the Wildcats with a 2-1 record. The Mokane school won its last two games, both of them were in EMO play.

“They’re pretty good,” Klekamp said. “Last year was kind of a transition year for them. Coach (Zack) Hess has a really good staff over there.”

Before joining the MCHS coaching staff, Klekamp coached at South Callaway for a year. That’s where he came up with the idea of having an annual Mother’s Night game at MCHS.

“When I was at South Callaway, I was coaching with one of my best friends, Tim Murillo,” Klekamp said. “It’s a tradition he started at South Callaway. Basically all week, at the end of practice, our coaches will have some time where they will be talking about their moms and what their moms meant to them. Then on Thursday, our character meeting is about our players writing a handwritten letter to their mom and thanking them for their support throughout their life and it culminates in the game. We play it for our moms and we give them a flower and we walk out and recognize all of the moms in the front of the stands.”

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