David Reeder

Special to the Grove Sun

COLCORD-Rolling up over 400 yards worth of rushing and eating up the game clock, Colcord pretty much ran roughshod over their rival Kansas Friday night at Hornet Stadium.†

Colcord senior quarterback Canaan Sherrell led his teamís rushing onslaught, racking up 135 yards on 14 carries and scoring three touchdowns.

On their opening possession, the Hornet offense unveiled their wishbone formation with Chris Aguilar, Dustin DeMoss and Darwin Davis carrying most of the proverbial mail. And with 9:00 minutes to play in the opening stanza, Aguilar (9 touches for 188 yard) scored his first of a pair of touchdowns from 11 yards out.†† The PAT kick struck the upright and bounded away for a 6-0 lead for the home team.†

The Cometsí opening offensive series began on their own 40 and crossed midfield for a first down.† But on a subsequent snap, Kansasís signal caller Wade Lewis fumbled the ball into the hands of Colcordís Chance Staneart.†

The Hornets needed only a half dozen snaps to get inside the 10 yard line.† But on the seventh play, the Hornets put the ball on the ground and Kansas pounced on it.† Despite some rough sledding in the shadow of their own goalposts, the Comets got a little breathing room on a penalty-aided first down.† The visitors used some razzle-dazzle on the next snap when they pulled a double reverse Tyler Lankston to Austin Hunt pass for a 43-yard gain.† But when it looked like the Comets might tie things up, the Colcord defense held them on downs at the one-yard line.†

The Hornets used most of the first quarter marching the length of the field only to turn the ball back over near the goal line.† Kansas went three and out, where Lankstonís punt gave the home team the ball on their own 44.† This time, Colcord needed only three snaps to score, when Sherrell connected with Staneart for a 22-yard touchdown pass.† Sherrell made it 14-0 with his keeper to the right.† The two squads then played a scoreless second period.

The third stanza turned out to have all the fireworks that have become a trademark of this old rivalry.† After holding the Comets on defense, the Hornets punched the ball into the end zone, when Davis (9 carries for 77 yards) rolled 20 yards to pay dirt.† And with 8:05 to play in the third, Aguilarís PAT kick gave his team a 21-0 lead.

Another three-and-out series for the Comets gave the ball back to Colcord.† And scarcely three minutes later, Aguilar raced for a 60-yard touchdown and a 28-0 score.†

Kansas got on the scoreboard when, with 3:11 to play in the 3rd, Wade Lewis (20 touches for 161 yards) broke free with a 45-yard TD run.†† Lankstonís PAT was true, for the 28-7 score.† But the scoring in the period wasnít over until Sherrell scored his third six of the night, this time from three yards away.

Before giving way to their respective benches both teams scored long-range touchdowns in the early going of the final period.† Lewis broke off a team-high 60-yard keeper for a touchdown in the opening minute of the fourth.†† Less than two minutes later, Sherrell returned the favor with a game-high rush of 63 yards.† Aguilarís extra point accounted for the 42-14 final score.

The Comets return to Dee Neel Field, Friday night, to host Quapaw, while the Hornets travel to Adair to take on the first place Warriors.