Colcord scored two touchdowns en route to a 27-0 win over Fairland in the season opener Thursday, Aug. 24.

“I have always told our kids that a victory is hard to come by so appreciate it and enjoy everyone of them,” said Coach Curtis Waltman. “We did some good things and no both sides of the football.

"But Fairland controlled the tempo of the game. We were unable to get off the field on defense which really slowed the game down and allowed Fairland to keep the game close.”

Colcord took a 14-0 lead in at half time and then added two more scores in the second half.

Colcord finished with 120 yards passing and 235 rushing for a total of 355 for the night.

Ryan Castleman led the way with 119 yards rushing on nine attempts while quarterback Spencer Earp had 96 on six carries. Earp was 6-11 passing for 84 yards while Castleman has one pass for 36. Matthew Farris caught three passes for 76 yards for the Hornets. Castleman had 44 yards on four receptions.

Colcord had 14 first downs. The Colcord defense held Fairland to 184 total yards on the night including just one pass completion for 11 yards.

“Offensively we need to take care of the football. We turned it over two of our four possessions in the first half. Our kids know we have the potential to play much better to compete in our district,” said Waltman.

Next game: Afton

The Hornets have a tough challenge coming up at home on Friday, Sept. 1 when Afton comes to town. The Eagles are ranked no lower than third in the polls out around the state.

“Afton is one of the top ranked teams in single A and presents us with a great challenge. They are a heavy senior laden team with a lot of experience and we will have to play our very best to compete. I am excited for our kids this week and the opportunity to see how we rise to the challenge,” said Waltman.

Game is 7 p.m. at Colcord.