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Kim, Canfield push way past Howland

October 26, 2013
By JOHN VARGO - Tribune Chronicle ( , Underthelights

HOWLAND - Kimu Kim exited Richard Lombardo Stadium Friday night realizing he had only 60 days until Christmas.

Considering the Canfield senior running back/quarterback has been the beneficiary of his offensive line finding holes big enough for Kim's 6-foot, 206-pound frame to weave through, it begs the question what will he get them for a present?

This season, the Cardinals line has gift wrapped Kim's present - plenty of rushing yards. He displayed his numerous gifts quite often during the 28-7 victory over the Tigers.

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Kim, who had 194 carries for 1,283 yards and 17 touchdowns coming into Friday's game, added 29 carries for 288 yards and three scores.

"All the stuff they've done this year, I don't know," Kim said. "I have no idea. I do owe them a lot. Obviously without them, this season I'm having right now would never be possible."

Canfield (3-6, 2-2 All-American Conference, American Division) has won three of its last four games, but this win was just a bit sweeter. The Cardinals haven't won against Howland since 2008. Kim added even his senior class lost during their junior high days to the Tigers, prior to Friday's victory.

"It's really a nice feeling for our guys," Canfield coach Mike Pavlansky said.

Canfield began its first drive of the third quarter with a heavy dose of Kim, starting off with a 57-yard scamper.

"The first play we had in the second half, Jake Dawson, our wideout, had a block around the midfield line and able to spring Kimu for about 20 more," Pavlansky said. "It's a total offensive effort, total team effort with our guys."

Kim's 10-yard run capped that drive which went 90 yards on seven plays in 4:22 to make it a 21-7 Canfield lead.

Kim took advantage of Howland's defense, which surrendered 443 yards on 52 carries. Ironically, during Canfield's first victory this season, a 70-62 double-overtime victory against Niles, Kim had 52 carries for 497 yards and nine rushing scores.

"He's a great player," Howland coach Dominic Menendez said. "Hats off to him. They caught us in some key situations defensively and he made plays, bottom line. We couldn't stop him."

Near the end of the first half, it was Canfield which could not stop Howland. The Tigers (4-5, 0-4) went 90 yards in 12 plays, ending on Jaquore Marrs' 3-yard run. However, it was Marrs' 2-yard run on a third-and-one from the Howland 43 with 3:30 before intermission that was the key to the drive. Marrs helped push the pile 2 yards, but then fumbled when he was upright. The call on the field was the play was dead before the fumble.

"Jaquore is a great kid, great back. Thank God he's coming back for another year," Menendez said.

In the second half, Howland had to go to another option beside the running game, which along amassed 31 carries for 100 yards. Marrs led the Tigers with 15 carries for 50 yards.

Quarterback Ross Griffin was 9 of 15 with one interception for 71 yards.

"Our offensive isn't built to come back from behind," Menendez said. "You start falling behind and it forces us to do some things, puts us in some situations we're not comfortable in. Our guys needed to make some plays and couldn't make them."

However, Canfield made plays where it counted - on the offensive line.

"It starts up front," Pavlansky said. "Our guys up front have done a great job all year long. We certainly think we dominated there tonight."

Friday, Canfield hosts Hubbard, while Howland hosts Struthers.