NILES – Led by senior quarterback Kimu Kim’s offensive explosion, the Canfield Cardinals outlasted host Niles in two overtimes, 70-62, picking up their first win on the season.
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The Canfield and Niles offenses put on a show with Kim leading the Cardinals with 496 yards rushing on 52 attempts and nine touchdowns and Kyle Paden leading Niles on 25 completions on 40 attempts for 481 yards and five touchdowns.
The Red Dragons held a 34-28 lead at halftime, but the story of the game has been Canfield quarterback Kim who finished the first half with 18 carries for 240 yards and four touchdowns.
In the third quarter, it was Kim again from four yards out for his fifth touchdown, giving the Cardinals the 35-34 lead.
But, Niles would come back. Paden connected with Justin Lopes from 65 yards out to take back the lead, 42-35.
In the fourth, it was Kim once again, this time from 31 yards out to tie the game at 42.
Then, after all the offensive explosion from both sides, it was the Canfield defense that would give them a 49-42 lead when Aaron Jenkins picked off a Paden pass and returned it 60 yards.
Niles would score on a Marcus Hill 15 yard touchdown catch, but a missed extra point kept them behind by a point.
Kim would then find the endzone yet again, this time from 31 yards out to push the lead back to 56-48.
But neither team could shake the other, as Niles tied things up again on a Paden one yard touchdown run. A successful two point conversion would knot things up and send the game into overtime.
In the first overtime, it was Niles that struck first, but a failed two point conversion gave Canfield the chance to win it with a score and extra point.
Kim, as he did all game, took the ball himself and scored in Canfield’s first overtime try, needing only an extra point to win it. But, a blocked attempt kept things deadlocked at 62, sending the game into a second overtime.
Kim would punch it in and a successful two point conversion put the Cardinals up 70-62.
On their next possession the Red Dragons ran out of steam, with the final Paden pass being tipped away by Jordan Brown to end the game.
Kimu Kim sets a new Ohio high school record with nine rushing touchdowns in a game. The previous record was eight rushing TD’s. His 496 yards rushing rank him 5th all-time.
Canfield is now 1-5 and will host Youngstown East next week.
Niles will attempt to recoup next week when they host Hubbard.