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Lewis Central Starts Playoffs With Big 63-12 Victory

October 17, 2020

If the Lewis Central is going to make a deep run in the state playoffs, the Titans’ opening round win will be looked at as a launching pad.

Hail Varsity was on the scene in Council Bluffs, Iowa, to see Lewis Central take on the Creston/Orient-Macksburg Panthers on Friday night. Lewis Central won the game, 63-12. It was a dominating performance for the Titans from the first drive of the game. That’s when Huskers 4-star tight end commit Thomas Fidone‍ got his team on the scoreboard. That came just three plays into the game.

Lewis Central was able to execute the game plan put together by coach Justin Kammrad and the coaching staff. Kammrad was pleased with the overall effort.

“Both sides of the ball obviously we did some really good things,” Kammrad said post-game. “I'm very proud of the execution that the kids had, especially with the game plan in place. They obviously did some good things and there are some things we got to get corrected on all three aspects of the game.

“We gave up the onside kick and gave up some big plays in the passing game. Then offensively, we missed some assignments but overall, very pleased with our performance here in this first week and we'll get back to the drawing board and see what happens next.”

Despite the big margin on the scoreboard, there will be plenty of little details that Kammrad and his coaching staff will try to get corrected before the team’s second round playoff game. Still, getting the win in the playoffs is something to be proud of.

By my unofficial tally, Fidone racked up 111 yards on four receptions with two touchdowns. He wasn’t targeted much but was happy to make the most of his opportunities.

“I think I definitely made the most of the opportunities I had,” Fidone said. “I think I had around four catches for a hundred and something yards. I think it's pretty good for me. Then obviously, I have to work on small things. If I don't get the ball work on the route before the ball is thrown in and my blocking after.”

The coach’s son, Braylon Kammrad, had himself a heck of a night too. He unofficially went 12-of-15 passing for 234 yards and six touchdowns. The Titans threw the ball more than I’ve seen but they were playing efficiently. If the team cleans up some of the mental errors they will be a tough out in the 3A playoffs this season.

>> All of Lewis Central’s offensive weapons were on full display in this game. I’m always impressed with sophomore Jonathan Humpal and he chipped in a long touchdown on a screen pass. Junior wide receiver Brayden Loftin had a pair of touchdown catches in the game too. Thomas Fidone’s younger cousin Lucci might have had the most impressive touchdown in the family on Friday night.

>> The Lewis Central defense was good again. The Titans were not as dominant as they have been at other times through the season. They dealt the Panthers fits when bring pressure on defense. Lewis Central just has a nice group of athletes on defense. They are led by Hunter Deyo, Logan Katzer and Wyatt Hatcher.

>> What a night this was for backup Lewis Central quarterback Ethen Fishell. He got some extended time in the second half with the game being out of hand. He did not let his shot go to wast. He threw a nice touchdown pass on a corner route. Fishell also picked off a pass. Then he ran for an 83-yard touchdown late in the fourth quarter. That game had to do wonders for his confidence.

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