Kearney football against Reeds Spring

A Kearney football player watches the action during a football game Oct. 2 at Kearney High School.

KEARNEY — Kearney football was quick to an opponent after Raytown South canceled due to issues involving COVID-19.

The Bulldogs were also quick to dispatch Reeds Springs in a 40-14 road win Friday, Oct. 9.

Junior quarterback Ian Acosta accounted for five of the team’s six touchdowns. Acosta threw for 173 yards and three passing touchdowns. He also led the team in rushing with 143 yards and two touchdowns.

“I felt like I was playing with a clear head and just played for the best of the team,” Acosta said. “I was just going at them, not letting my foot off the gas.”

The Kearney front seven locked down a Reeds Spring offense that looked to run even after the Bulldogs built up a multiscore lead. Juniors Daryn Langford, Braxton Breedlove and KJ Smith led a linebacking corps that made play after play to limit the Wolves to 187 total yards of offense and a 3.3 yard per rush average on 46 attempts.

Kearney (3-4, 1-3 Suburban Blue) stretched the lead to 33-0 by the middle of the fourth quarter before the Wolves were able to feast on a couple of garbage-time touchdowns.

The Bulldogs are set to face Grandview (3-4, 2-3 SB) at home Friday, Oct. 16.

Sports Writer Mac Moore can be reached at 389-6643 or

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