Friday, August 18, 2017 11:00 pm
Angola 30, DeKalb 7
Hornets roll past Barons
JOSH PATTERSON | For The Journal Gazette
WATERLOO – The area’s best-kept football secret may very well be nestled up near Lake James.
Returning nearly all its offensive weapons from last season, Angola rode a pair of first-quarter touchdowns to a 30-7 victory at DeKalb Friday.
“It’s a game that was won in the summer,” Angola coach Andy Thomas said. “We played really hard and we played together.”
The Hornets (1-0) shook off some early nerves, including a fumble on the opening kickoff and a lost fumble on their first offensive play.
Senior quarterback Chance Roddy responded with scoring drives on Angola’s next two possessions, hitting Jarret Schultz on a 46-yard slant, then connecting with a wide-open Joel McCurdy from 15 yards out to put Angola up 14-0 with 4:58 left in the first quarter.
“It was so important to get that intensity started,” Roddy said. “We have to keep that energy and intensity, it started and just built up the rest of the game.”
Peyton Stout, the starting quarterback for DeKalb (0-1), suffered a right leg injury during his first series, forcing starting receiver Kyle Dunham to move behind center. Sophomore Landon Miller also saw time at quarterback for the Barons.
“When your gameplan changes on the fly like that, you have to figure it out,” DeKalb coach Pete Kempf said. “I thought Kyle hopped in and filled in admirably.”
Padilla, Oberkiser still with the Barons
Almost anywhere you looked Friday night at Cecil E. Young Field, 34 and 78 were still there. On T-shirts, signs, the senior photo.
Derek Padilla and Lucas Oberkiser, who wore 34 and 78 last season, both passed away after a car accident last September. While the pair aren’t with the Barons in body any longer, they’re still listed on the roster and there’s no denying their spirits are still very much there.
“It’s been an omnipresent, continuous presence that you felt with these guys,” Kempf said. “As the game (drew) closer, it (was) kind of a weird energy. You can just tell there’s something there from that.
“It’s going to be a continuation, and I think it’s both a positive and a negative. We’re able to remind ourselves that the ability to play football is a blessing, but it’s a constant and that makes it difficult for the players and the coaches, and even the parents.”
DeKalb will continue to honor Padilla and Oberkiser this fall, reserving their jerseys from being worn. As for whether the numbers will be retired?
“We could, but why would we deprive some young men of that honor?,” Kempf said. “I’d rather stick some dirty son of a gun in those numbers to play and honor them, and I think Derek and Lucas’ parents would feel the same way. It’s not something you hide from, but it’s something you push through.”
Notes: DeKalb lineman Adam Ellert was injured as the team ran onto the field. Carrying a giant sword, Ellert jumped while planting it into midfield and his knee buckled upon landing. He eventually was carted off the sideline before returning on crutches… Baron receiver Colin Goebel caught 11 passes for 96 yards…Roddy finished 12-of-16 passing with three scores.