It might have been senior night at Colcord Friday night, but it was a freshman running back and a sophomore quarterback that led the Hornet offense to a 42-6 district runaway over Kansas.
After rushing for a pair of touchdowns last week, versus Adair, freshman running back, Darwin Davis (6 carries for 58 yards) added two more against archrival Kansas. With Davis pacing the nine man, 259 yard Colcord rushing attack, a much more polished sophomore quarterback Canaan Sherrell ( 7 of 10 for 100 yards and a TD) ably led the balanced Hornet attack.
And while Colcord’s offense rolled, the Hornet defense wreaked havoc, for the third week in a row.
The Hornets took the opening kickoff and returned the ball to their own 37. Nine plays and 3 first downs later, junior RB Ethan Shelley scored on an 8-yard TD run. Joe Morris knocked down the PAT kick for the 7-0 lead.
On the kickoff to Kansas the Comets committed a 10-yard penalty and started their opening possession backed up to the 10. Jonathan Williams picked up 10 yards and a first down on his first carry, but the Comet drive stalled, forcing a punt.
Starting their second drive on the 30, Colcord strung together 11 snaps, moved the chains 5 times and burnt the bulk of the first period clock before Davis scurried 15 yards to pay dirt.
Thanks to some good kickoff coverage, the Comets started their next possession on their own 15. And disaster struck when Colcord’s Preston Walker dumped the Comet runner for a loss on the first snap. And on the second snap sophomore LB Chris Aguilar flushed the Kansas QB out of the pocket and forced a fumble. Junior DB Caleb Backwater scooped up the loose ball and raced 30 yards for the defensive TD. Trenton Cochran blocked Morris’s extra point attempt, but the Hornets were on top 20-0.
A three-way pass to Williams gave Kansas a 27 yard gain to the 46. But three plays later Shelley stepped between a Justin Wallace to Colby Sinclair pass attempt for an interception.
Despite a 30-yard gain by Chris Van Dyke, the Colcord scoring drive fizzled thanks to a big sack by Kansas’s Cochran and Jessie Blackfox.
The Comet offense appeared to be on the move when Jarrett Huffman (19 touches for 102 yards) broke off a 37 yard carry that was followed by a 12-yard Wade Lewis to Sinclair completion. But a huge sack by Colcord’s Aguilar brought the Kansas drive to an end.
Colcord answered with a seven play scoring drive that culminated in Aguilar’s 9-yard sprint to glory. A successful Sherrell to Dakota Place 2-point pass ended the first half scoring with the home team on top 28-0.
Kansas started the second half on offense and after a successful first down reception by Tyler Lankston the drive stalled and they were force to punt.
Starting on their own 23, the Hornets moved the ball and the sticks to near midfield, where Sherrell connected with Van Dyke for a 52 yard TD completion and the biggest gainer of the night. Morris’ PAT gave the home team a 35-0 cushion.
The Hornets tacked on another score when, with :29 to play in the third, Davis scored his second TD, this time from 7 yards out.
After scoring 91 unanswered points Colcord finally allowed a score when the Comets’ Williams put Kansas on the scoreboard with a 2-yard run late in the fourth.
Colcord travels to Tahlequah to tangle with the district leading Sequoyah Indians and the Comets host Adair in this Friday’s regular season finales.