Stress Binge

Gilmour’s Jake Kavcic scores six touchdowns, picks off two passes, in lopsided win over


Every high schooler will tell you there’s something special about Friday Night Lights.

Except maybe Jake Kavcic.

After the game he had in Gilmour’s 48-12 win over Lutheran East on Oct. 14, Kavcic might be more partial toward Thursday Night Lights.

A sophomore two-way starter, Kavcic scored six touchdowns, accounted for 194 yards of total offense (133 rushing and 61 passing) and intercepted a pair of passes to lead the Lancers to the Thursday night romp at Euclid’s Community Stadium.

Oh, and he also had numerous tackles on defense, was the holder on six conversion kicks and boomed a 50-yarder in his only punt of the game.

Frank Gambatese – For The News-HeraldJake Kavcic runs for one of his six touchdowns in Gilmour’s 48-12 win over Lutheran East on Oct. 14.

“No, I didn’t (see this coming),” Kavcic said. “I really didn’t. It’s just a credit to the guys up front, the gameplan, the coaches… tonight was just a great night.”

After running for negative-nine yards on his first carry of the game, Kavcic went on a scoring binge.

Kavcic broke the scoreless tie with a 21-yard run. Then after Lutheran East turned the ball over on downs, the 5-foot-8, 145-pounder went 49 yards on the next play for another score.

Lutheran East botched a punt on its next drive, giving Gilmour a short field to work with. Kavcic went 11 yards for the score on that one-play drive.

After one of his scores, he flashed the numbers 1 and 3 with his hands to pay tribute to his twin brother, Andy, who broke his collarbone in last week’s game with Brush. Andy Kavcic is one of four starters out of action right now.

“I wanted to salute (Andy) and let him know this touchdown was for him,” Kavcic said. “This win was for the guys who are out and guys who got hurt last week.”

But Kavcic wasn’t done.

He had a two-yard plunge to end the first half with Gilmour leading, 28-6, then scored on a 17-yard run midway through the third.

After an Anders Sorensen interception gave Gilmour the ball back yet again, Kavcic scored on a one-yard touchdown run for the six-pack of touchdowns.

“After I got three I thought, ‘Maybe I’ll stop now,’” Kavic said. “Then it kept going, going, going and going. Credit the guys up front. I love those guys so much.”

Coach Chris Kosiorek could do little more than shrug his shoulders and smile. He knew Kavcic was special, having started at safety as a freshman, but this game was — well — special.

“The kid has natural instincts,” Kosiorek said. “You saw that tonight.”

Gilmour was actually outgained in the game by Lutheran East, 326-261. The short fields and short drives contributed to that.

The Lancers also scored once without running an offensive play, as Tommy McCrone took a kickoff 71 yards to the house that upped the score to 48-12 early in the fourth quarter.

“We knew coming in (Lutheran East) wasn’t a big throwing team,” Kosiorek said. “We felt if we could get up on them and change their direction and gameplan … You want to put points on the board and make the other team stress.”

Lutheran East got a 29-carry, 211-yard game from 6-foot-4, 240-pound running back/quarterback Rayshon Kennedy.

Kennedy also threw for 51 yards.

“Man, he’s a load,” Kavcic said. “He’s got tree trunks for legs. You hit him and just bounce off. He’s a hell of a player.”

Gilmour’s Pete Kavcic goes for a tackle Oct. 14 against Lutheran East. (Frank Gambatese – for The News-Herald)

With the win, Gilmour improved to 6-2 this season with the regular-season finale next week at Trinity (2-6) Lutheran East falls to 4-5.

Kosiorek said he hopes the injured players return to bolster the team’s Division IV playoff run.

“We are in the position so far we want to be in,” he said. “There’s a lot of (playoff) jockeying going on. It’s still up in the air, but we’re excited for the win here, want to get guys healed up, get on to Week 10 and then we’ll move on from there.”

Jake Kavcic celebrates a touchdown Oct. 14 against Lutheran East at Euclid. (Frank Gambatese – for The News-Herald)


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