5-Star Performer: Kudlacek willing St. Cecilia football to perfect start

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Published: Sep. 21, 2022 at 10:50 PM CDT
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - St. Cecilia football is riding the momentum of perfection.

“I’m really proud of them, just the way they’ve come together,” Bluehawks football coach Clint Head said. “We really are playing like a family right now. They’re playing team football.”

Carson Kudlacek is leading the charge.

“Starting off 4-0, you can’t ask for much more,” he said.

The Bluehawks are a smaller group than other teams around the state, but their bond is forging their success.

“This is a really close team,” Kudlacek said. “Only 24 guys, but from senior to freshman, we’re really close ... I’ve had a lot of these guys since I was 10-years-old. I’ve been throwing to them since I was 10-years-old and just getting that relationship — I know where they’re going to be and I know they’re going to catch it. And the (offensive) line, I can trust them.”

Added junior wide receiver Jenson Anderson: “We’ve been bonding all summer and I think we’re a very, very tight group.”

That helps in the face of adversity, which the Bluehawks faced last week in Wahoo against Bishop Neumann.

“To watch them pull together and not drop their heads and just go, ‘Let’s keep playing ball,’ was just a testament to them,” Head said.

Kudlacek had St. Cecilia rolling through the first three quarters against the Cavaliers, going up by as much as 19.

“Carson, he got that ball,” Anderson said of the 78-yard touchdown reception he had. “He made me run for it a little bit, so that was nice. But it was a great throw and it just, it felt really good.”

But the tide turned quickly. Two interceptions and a blocked punt later and the Cavaliers were up by one.

“It sucks to throw two interceptions, but you’ve just got to regroup as a team say, ‘We’re family,’” Kudlacek said. “‘Let’s go get this done. Let’s make this next possession. Let’s go get this next possession and let’s go score.’”

And that’s exactly what they did.

“That’s a sign of a leader right there,” Head said. “That’s a guy that really wants it.”

Kudlacek scored six total touchdowns, threw for 224 passing yards and rushed for another 146 yards to lead the team in a 44-34 win.

“It was a little bit of a surprise,” Kudlacek said. “I didn’t know any of that once the game ended. I just knew that we won the ballgame, so it surprised me a little bit.”

And the class C2 playoffs are calling the Bluehawks’ number.

“He’s going to be a key part in what we do,” Head said.