Olathe bounces back with win over Coal Ridge
Special to the Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
PEACH VALLEY, Colorado – Memories of last week’s loss to the Roaring Fork High School football team weighed heavily on the Olathe Pirates on Friday, so they took their frustrations out on the banged-up Coal Ridge Titans.
Ben Kaylor finished with 165 yards and two touchdowns on 9-for-14 passing for Olathe, which got right back into position to return to the state playoffs with their 36-17 Class 2A Western Slope League victory against Coal Ridge.
“We went back to being ourselves tonight,” said Olathe coach Ryan Corn, whose team lost to the Rams, 23-22, last week. “That game, we weren’t ourselves. But in this game right here, we looked a lot more like ourselves.”
The Pirates (4-3 overall, 3-1 in the 2A WSL) controlled the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball, limiting the Titans (3-4, 2-2) to just 140 yards of total offense. Regardless, Coal Ridge was able to come within a pair of TDs with eight minutes remaining in the game before the Pirates pulled away.
“First and foremost, we have a very courageous group of young men out there,” Coal Ridge coach Scott Parker said. “We’re pretty dinged up. We got hit by the injury bug pretty hard the past few weeks, and the guys still went out and gave a great effort.
“But we had too many missed opportunities,” continued Parker, whose team had four turnovers, two of which stopped what looked like promising offensive drives. “You have to take advantage of those in this league.”
Coal Ridge, down 29-9 in the early part of the fourth quarter, got back into the game by taking advantage of an opportunity. The Titans recovered an Olathe fumble on the Pirates’ 27 and pulled within 29-17 on Robby Moore’s 7-yard scoring pass to Trey Derby and Moore’s conversion run with 6 minutes, 19 seconds left.
But Olathe recovered the Titans’ ensuing onside kick, then capitalized on Willy Corey’s 1-yard scoring run with 2:48 left.
The Titans could only muster 46 yards of total offense in the first half against the Pirates. Thirty-five of those came on their second offensive possession, on which Moore found Brent Hazzard in the end zone from 11 yards out to cap the Coal Ridge scoring drive and put the Titans up 7-0, after Tyler Guettler’s point-after kick.
Olathe fought back, though, knotting the score on the second play of the second quarter on Kaylor’s 2-yard scoring dive on a fourth-and-goal. The Pirates recovered the ensuing onside kick, then went ahead for good six plays later when Cole Grett’s 18-yard TD catch put them up 14-7.
Coal Ridge gained back some momentum when an errant Olathe punt snap from the Pirates’ 14 went out of the back of the end zone for a safety. But Olathe’s defense held firm, and a 30-yard TD pass from Kaylor to Taylor Carlson made it a two-possession game at halftime.
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