Westview’s senior place-kicker Hyeontae Kim isn’t known for wearing golden shoes for nothing.
Big kicks — Westview senior Hyeoantae Kim, here extending through a kick with Matt Melton holding against the University School of Jackson two weeks ago, blasted three field goals to tally all of the Chargers’ points in a 9-7 victory over Humboldt.
His three made field goals provided the Chargers with enough offense to secure a 9-7 victory over the Humboldt Vikings this past Friday night in Martin.
Kim gave Westview a 3-0 lead in the second quarter on a 34-yard kick before Quan Campbell ran in a 17-yard touchdown to hand Humboldt the 7-3 advantage. Kim kicked another field goal, this time from 28 yards out, to bring Westview within one, 7-6, at the break. In the third quarter, a Kim 43-yard field goal put the Chargers ahead for good and key mistakes from the Vikings including an interception, a touchdown called back on an illegal block in the back and a fumble, helped secure the two-point win for the host Chargers.
Neither team found success in generating offense in the opening quarter of play. A 25-yard field goal attempt from Humboldt’s Luke Wilson missed its mark on the Vikings’ first series on offense. Westview, however, got the ball back midway through the quarter and held it until the end, facing a third-and-long situation to end the quarter. A Brian West pass found Chris Gardner for a 3-yard gain, but the Chargers were confronted with fourth-and-long. Though they were a good distance from the first down, they were definitely in field goal range and Kim’s 34-yard attempt split the uprights and put Westview on the board, 3-0, with 11:58 left in the second quarter.
Getting the ball back, the Vikings went straight to Campbell who picked up 11 yards and a first down on two carries. He found a hole in the Charger defense and gained 10 yards and ran another 4 before taking a break to allow Quan Spinks to net 12 yards on a carry. Campbell hurdled up the middle for a 4-yard gain on first down and ran up the middle again for a 17-yard touchdown. Wilson’s kick gave the visitors a 7-3 lead with 8:34 left before halftime.
On their own 34-yard line, the Chargers put the ball in the hands of J.C. Griggs who picked up 11 yards and a first down on a pair of carries. Pulled back on a holding penalty, the Chargers moved ahead 7 yards on a West keeper and 10 more yards on a Tremaine McKinley carry into Viking territory. McKinley burrowed ahead for 8 more yards, but was tackled in the backfield for a 1-yard loss resulting in third-and-five. West kept the ball and nearly picked up the first down, but facing a fourth-and-inches, Griggs bulldozed ahead for 2 yards and the first down. A screen pass from West to Griggs was good for 19 yards and Griggs picked up 2 yards on a carry, but West was sacked for a 4-yard loss and gained 6 yards on third-and-long. Facing fourth-and-long from the 11-yard line, Kim’s kick sailed through the middle of the goalposts from 28 yards out with 1:06 left in the second quarter to bring WHS closer, 7-6, at the half.
In the third quarter, the Chargers picked up 2 yards on a sneak from West. Griggs ran for 19 yards on two carries, but West was wrapped up in the backfield for a 2-yard loss. McKinley gained back the 2 yards, but Kim was called on to deliver again. This time, however, his 43-yard attempt missed its mark.
Humboldt regained possession, but quarterback Darren Dunbar fumbled the ball back to the Chargers. Westview picked up steady gains on the ground, but soon faced fourth down and called Kim’s number. The senior made good on a 26-yard field goal and gave the Chargers the 9-7 lead with 3:41 left in the third quarter.
Both teams exchanged punts on their next turns on offense, but Humboldt looked to be making steady progress to start off the final quarter. Down at the Charger 39-yard line, K.J. Montague’s pass was nabbed by Gardner. The Chargers produced a three-and-out on their next series, but received a crucial break when the Vikings were penalized for an illegal block in the back on the punt, negating a Campbell 70-yard TD run.
On the Viking 36-yard line, the ball popped free of Campbell’s hands on the handoff, ending Humboldt’s chances of coming back and sealing the victory for the Chargers.
Griggs led Westview with 82 rushing yards and 19 receiving yards. Campbell had 78 rushing yards and one touchdown for the Vikings.
Humboldt will next face Gibson County and Westview will visit Milan in a road game for the final outing of the 2008 regular season. Both games kick off at 7:30 on Friday night.
Humboldt 0 7 0 0—7
Westview 0 6 3 0—9
WHS — Hyeontae Kim 34-yard field goal, 11:58.
HHS — Quan Campbell 17-yard run, (Luke Wilson kick), 8:34.
WHS — Kim 28-yard field goal, 1:06.
WHS — Kim 43-yard field goal, 8:33..
First Downs 9 10
Rushes-yards 31-154 45-157
Passing yards 0 32
Comp-Att-Int 0-2-1 3-3-0
Punts 1-35 2-32
Fumbles-Lost 2-2 2-0
Penalties-yards 4-25 4-30
Rushing — Humboldt, Quan Campbell 15-78, Quan Spinks 5-36, Cleve Davis 4-33, K.J. Montague 4-15, Jason Barker 1-1, Darren Dunbar 2-(-9); Westview, J.C. Griggs 18-82, Tremaine McKinley 11-29, Brian West 11-19, Demarcus Williams 3-21, Chris Gardner 2-6.
Passing — Humboldt, Montague 0-2-1 — 0; Westview, West 3-3-0 — 32.
Receiving — Humboldt, none; Westview, Griggs 1-19, Alex Hazlewood 1-8, Gardner 1-5.
Records — Humboldt 3-6 (1-4 Region 8-2A), Westview 6-3 (5-1 Region 8-2A).
Next Game — Humboldt will next host Gibson County, while Westview will visit Milan with kickoff for both games at 7:30 on Friday night.