Southern Delaware County rivals, Kansas and Colcord, met on the new Colcord gridiron on September 5 for their first game of the 2019 season.
The Hornets won the toss and began the game with an on-site kick to the Comets, allowing the Comets to secure the ball away from the Comets on the Kansas 44 yard line.
A Hornets’ fumble was captured by Kansas, allowing them to score the first TD of the night, though no extra point was earned.
On Colcord’s next possession, they made it as far as Kansas’ 36 yard line, but had to turn it over on downs to the Comets.
The Comets had to punt after a sack and a flag, the Hornets worked the ball down to Kansas’ 6 yard line, poised to score, but fumbled with a Kansas recovery.
Colcord came back with an interception, running it in for 6 points, then added 2 points after ending the first quarter with Colcord 8, Kansas 6.
The second quarter held a number of turnovers for both teams; first Colcord fumbles with a Kansas recovery, then Kansas intercepts a pass, then Kansas fumbles and Colcord recovers the fumble.
A couple of more plays and Kansas intercepts a pass, only to fumble and Colcord gets the ball back only to turn it over on downs to Kansas.
The Comets had to punt the ball away, but on their second down the Hornets ran the ball in for a TD all the way from their own 23 yard line.
The half ended with Colcord 16, Kansas 6.
Colcord had the ball to start the second half, but had to punt the ball away on fourth down.
The Comets took advantage and quickly scored their next TD, although it would turn out to be their last for the night, but no extra points.
The third quarter ended with Colcord 16 and Kansas 12.
The fourth quarter began with Colcord having the ball, but was turned over on downs to Kansas on their 31 yard line, but then the Comets had to punt it away.
The Hornets broke loose on their first play and Aidan Parker #2 took it 70 yards to the house.
Kansas had the ball on their 30 yard line, but a face mask penalty cost them 15 yards.
The next play was fumbled with a Hornets recovery, which culminated with another TD, plus 2 points.
The final score was Colcord 30, Kansas 12.
Kansas Coach Jimmy Dushane made a point that they had to ‘focus on not turning the ball over and reducing penalties.”
When asked about their next game Dushane said they needed to focus on themselves getting better, not on the next game.
Colcord Coach Austin Martin said “Super proud of our boys for being super tough and fighting till the end.”
As to the new digs they played on: “Thankful for our Superintendent Bud Simmons and athletic director Terrill Denny for working on getting us new facilities (bleachers, scoreboard, time clocks, concession stand) they have put in a crazy amount of hours on getting it [ready], as well as the community helping out with the project.”
The Comets next meet up with the Ketchum Warriors at home on September 13.
The Hornets travel to Westville on September 13 to play the Yellowjackets.