Bearcats roll past Cuba, prepare for a tough foe in St. James
Hermann’s Tyler Kuhn makes a tackle against Cuba.
The Hermann Bearcats took a blow right out of the blocks Friday night, but it didn’t take long for them to recover in a 54-12 non-conference football win over Cuba.
It was the home opener for the Bearcats (2-0), who face St. James (2-0) on the Tigers’ field this Friday.
Before the fans settled into their seats last Friday, Cuba quarterback Nick Lemons fired an 80-yard touchdown pass on the first play of the game. His aerial down the middle of the field followed Mat Hug’s opening kickoff that went into the endzone.
The Wildcats led 6-0 after Hermann’s Austin Wurtz tackled the Cuba ball carrier to prevent a 2-point point-after-touchdown.
On Hermann’s first possession, Conner Lane carried twice for gains, and then quarterback Garrett Leimkuehler, who scored four touchdowns, bolted 50 yards to tie the score, 6-6, with 11:03 left in the first quarter, The PAT run failed.
The Bearcats’ all-state tackle, Zach Speckhals, scored the first touchdown of his career when he scooped up a fumble and returned it 38 yards to put Hermann ahead to stay. The 6-foot, 261-pound tackle was all smiles when he came to the sideline with 9:24 to play in the quarter. Hermann’s 2-point PAT run attempt failed again.
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