By Karri Keller
The Kavemen charged into Cougar territory last Friday night fresh off a win against Emmett. Kuna kicked off to Caldwell and held them for a quick first possession. Trautman returned the punt for a 60-yard gain generating some initial excitement, but a penalty pulled Kuna back to their 45-yard line. On the next play, a sweep to Trautman ended in a 22-yard touchdown with only four minutes in to the first quarter.
Later in the first, Jake Johnson caught a 38-yard pass from quarterback Ben Ruwe but the extra point was no good.
Kuna managed to stage a strong goal-line defense against Caldwell and took over after a turnover. A long Kuna drive petered out at the Caldwell 20-yard line. Caldwell marched downfield but Trautman intercepted and ran 70-yards for a touchdown. Unfortunately it was called back for a holding call. Both teams fail to score in the second quarter sending them to halftime with a 13-0 score.
With hope and determination in their eyes the Kavemen headed back on the field with the Kuna crowd behind them. Kellog put it in the endzone on a two-yard run and a Trautman pass from Ruwe gave the Kavemen another 8 points.
Caldwell then turned on some excitement as they ran back a 69-yard kickoff return. A series of three personal fouls by Kuna gave Caldwell good field position that they capitalized on with a 29-yard pass for a touchdown bringing the score 21-14 with two minutes left in the third quarter.
Six straight Kavemen penalties riled up the Kuna fans in the stands and things started to really heat up. A long Ruwe pass calmed the Kuna fans down and the Kavemen started the 4th quarter on their own 5-yard line. After trying unsuccessfully to punch it in, Kuna settled for a field goal by Stone Wilson.
Caldwell, wanting revenge, brought it down to the 45-yard line on the kickoff but was unsuccessful to get that first down. The Cougars attempted a fake field goal but could not score.
Kuna took over on their own 1-yard line and, play after play, inched their way back to their own goal line. Trautman scored from 4-yarder for the last score of the game, 31-14.
Kuna finished the game with 188 yards rushing and 206 yards passing.
Kuna faces Mountain Home next Friday night at home. Mountain Home is ranked lowest on wins/losses in district play. Even if Kuna loses, it will tie on record with Emmett, whom they beat last week, putting Kuna in third place and insuring a playoff spot.