Colcord ran into a road block on their way to a post season playoff spot when they fell to Salina 30-14 Friday, Oct. 13.
“We made to many critical mistakes on both sides of the ball,” said Coach Curtis Waltman. “We able to move the football on offense but turned it over in the red zone three times. We were able to slow down their offense then we would give up a big play.”
Colcord marched down the field and got in scoring position inside the ten-yard line. But a fade pass from quarterback Spencer Earp to wide receiver Matthew Farris was over thrown and intercepted by the Wildcat’s Branson Littlefield in the end zone.
The result of the turnover saw Salina score two plays later and take an early lead when the Wildcat’s quarterback Heath Stewart scored on a 78-yard touchdown run and with the PAT led 7-0.
Colcord responded marching down the field and scoring on a 29-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Spencer Earp to Farris for the score. The Hornets scored on the two-point conversion.
Salina pulled away with 15-second quarter points. The Wildcats turned a screen pass into a 56-yard score for a 14-8 lead.
Colcord again moved the football down the field and once again put them in scoring position. But another turnover in the red zone, this time a fumble, stopped another scoring drive and gave the football back to the Wildcats.
Salina added a four-yard run for a score and the Wildcats led 21-8 at halftime.
Colcord gave up a safety early in the third quarter and then the Wildcats added a touchdown to moved their score to 30-8.
Colcord scored their final points in the fourth quarter on a 22-yard Blake Gonzalez touchdown pass from Ryan Castleman and the scoring was finalized for the game.
Earp finished the game with 259 yards passing on a 12-19 night. He also rushed for 109 yards on 24 carries. Farris had 158 yards in receptions while Gonzalez a 100 on four catches. Ryan Castleman caught five passes for 52 yards in the game.
“We played hard for four quarters which is something we have stressed to the kids about. Now we need to combine that with mistake free football,” said Waltman.
The Hornets travel to Ketchum Thursday, Oct. 19 for an important district game with the Warriors.
“Ketchum’s strength is on their defensive line. They do a great job of penetrating and hustling. It will be a challenge for our offensive line to block them on every play,” said Waltman. “Offensively their quarterback is a really good athlete who can make plays through air and using his feet. We need to do a great job this week of staying in our lanes and offensively we need to stay on our blockes and not turn the football over,” Waltman said.
Colcord moves to 3-4 on the season and 1-2 in district play. They are currently in the fourth place position in the Class 2A, district seven behind Victory Christian, Holland Hall and Salina. Those three teams do not have a loss in district play. The Hornets are one game above Kansas, who is 1-3 in district play but has played one more game that Colcord at this point. Ketchum who the Hornets play this week is 0-3 while Chouteau is 0-4 in the district. Colcord still has games with Ketchum, this week, Holland Hall and Kansas in the South Delaware County Bowl on Nov. 3.