KIPP DuBois clobbers Mastbaum, 24-6

KIPP DuBois senior Da’Mier Hicks has a position, but it’s not exactly listed on the Lions’ roster.

Thursday night, however, he played it well and helped the Lions overwhelm host Mastbaum, 24-6, in Public League football action.

“I’d say, just a game-changer,” Hicks said of his role on the team. “It just fills me up, making sure my team does better. It’s just a big responsibility that I like to carry.”

Hicks finished with two touchdowns and 130 all-purpose yards. And his first score lived up to his position.

In the first quarter, neither team crossed midfield at Northeast High.

With about nine minutes left in the half, the Lions were first to breach the 50. Soon after they did, Hicks bounded up the middle before cutting to the outside for 32 yards and a score.

“I just had to trust my blocks,” said Hicks, whose square jobs on the field are linebacker and running back. “Had to cut it back out and just took off.”

He finished with 78 rushing yards on 11 carries and added a 52-yard receiving score.

Fellow senior Zhymir Ball led the Lions (3-4) with 130 yards and a score on seven carries. His 79-yard score gave KIPP a 12-0 lead with 2 minutes, 34 seconds left in the half.

Miykeal Matthews added a 55-yard fumble return for a score for the Lions, who led, 18-0, at halftime despite an early delay.

Trouble scheduling a bus led to late a departure for the Lions. The game was previously scheduled for 6 p.m. but was pushed back to 6:30 p.m.

It started about 10 minutes late.

“We just had to be hungry,” Hicks said. “We had to keep our foot on the gas pedal all game, come in and execute.”

For Mastbaum (2-4), Terry Mumford finished with five catches for 71 yards, while Anthony Massey finished with 85 yards on 15 carries and the Panthers’ only touchdown.

KIPP   0 18 0 6 24

Mastbaum 0 0 0 6 6

K: Da’Mier Hicks 32 run. Run failed

K: Zhymir Ball 79 run. Run failed

K: Miykeal Matthews 55 fumble. Pass failed

K: Hicks 52 pass from Saheed Burrows. Run failed

M: Anthony Massey 7 run. Pass failed