Wildcats edge Humphrey in opener

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HARTINGTON —  Even though the 2013 Hartington Wildcats are a radically different team than the 2012 Cats, they ended up with similar results here Friday.

The 2012 Wildcats ran the table last year with nine straight wins. This year’s team got off to a good start with a 26-20 win over Humphrey here in the season-opener.

The Wildcat defense stiffened in the second half and the Cats outscored the Humphrey Bulldogs 12-6 after intermission to earn the six-point win.

With the game tied at the end of three quarters, the Wildcats got a touchdown pass from Kolby Jueden to Tanner Fischer early in the final period and then the Hartington defense made the score stand up the rest of the way as they moved to 1-0 on the season.

“We had several players competing in their first varsity action and I thought that they performed well,” said Hartington coach Blair Kalin. “The offense played well and our back ran hard. We did not have to punt the ball the entire game. The defense stepped up their play in the second half to seal the win.”

The Wildcats took the opening kickoff from the Bulldogs and quickly marched into Humphrey territory but the drive stalled out at the 18 yard-line.

Humphrey was able to move the ball early, as well, as they drove into the Wildcats’ red zone. Kolby Jueden erased that threat as he picked off an errant Bulldog pass in the endzone.

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