The visitors stopped the Kats’ next drive on the MV 18-yard line. A Kat penalty negated a touchdown run from the 10 on the final play of the third quarter. Kokomo turned the ball over on downs two plays later and the Marauders embarked on an 18-play drive finished on a two-yard plunge by Shannon to make the score 29-13 with just 2:55 left.
MV converted three fourth-down plays on that drive, including one on fourth-and-three from its own 25.
“We’ve done that to people for the last six years,” Colby said. “You impose your will on people with that offense, you wear ‘em down, wear ‘em down. Six for six on fourth down conversions [by MV] just killed us.”
Kokomo got a late TD on a one-yard quarterback sneak by Persons with 1:03 left but couldn’t punch in a two-point conversion which would have trimmed the margin to eight points.
“We’d better get tougher, tougher up front, and execute a little better,” Colby said. “Those are the two things, just toughness and execution. It’ll be a tough week of practice. It’s going to be hot, but we’ll get out there and get after it.”
Persons completed 10 of 13 passes for 175 yards. Matthews caught seven passes for 80 yards. Baker was Kokomo’s leading rusher with 31 yards.
The Kats visit Fort Wayne Wayne next Friday.