The score was not close from the second quarter on.

The Class A second ranked Afton Eagles scored 22 second quarter points to have a commanding lead at halftime.

But Colcord had a ray of sunshine at the end of the game, as senior Spencer Earp finished with 292 all purpose yards.

Earp was 12-18 passing for 117 yards and a touchdown pass to Matthew Farris in the second half. He rushed for 40 yards and a touchdown and then returned two kickoffs back-to-back for 65 and 70 yards for touchdowns.

Afton took a 22-0 lead in the second quarter on two pass plays and a  20-yard run before Colcord would get on the score board in the third quarter.

Colcord scored when Earp found wide receiver Farris for a nine-yard scoring play and with the missed extra point trailed 28-6.

Afton put two more scores on the board to move out to a 44-6 advantage.

But then Earp went to work trading touchdowns with Afton.

The first was a 23 yard touchdown play where he rolled out of the pocket and broke a number of tackles to get into the end zone to score.  Earp found Brandon Hedges open for the two-point conversion and the score read 44-14.

Then came three kickoff returns for touchdowns in the fourth quarter between the two teams.

Afton returned the kickoff following Earp’s touchdown back 70 yard for a score and pull to a 52-20 lead.

But Earp was about to show the Hornets weren’t dead. He took in the ensuing kick off at his own 35 yard line and zig zagged to the home side of the field and found daylight for a 65-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.

Afton added a 25-yard touchdown run to finalize their scoring and then kicked to Earp again.

This time he took the ball in at the Hornet’s 30 yard line and found an opening again to the right side and out ran the Afton players for the 70-yard score.  But the Hornets were hampered with five turnovers in the game losing three fumbles and two interceptions.

Another bright spot for the Hornets was senior wide receiver Farris who caught seven passes for 71 yards and a touchdown. He averaged 10.1 yards per catch.

Senior Ryan Castleman led the team in tackles before coming to the sidelines with an injury. Castleman had seven tackles including one for a loss. Farris had a sack while Castleman, Cade Brown, Colten Dale, Julio Maury and Kody Long had tackles for a loss.

Colcord travels to Westville Friday, Sept. 8 to take on the Yellowjackets. Kick off time is scheduled for 7 p.m.