Titans show Peach Valley is not Peyton’s place
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
PEACH VALLEY, Colorado – Crockett Williams faked right and then rolled left on a naked bootleg, searching only for a first down.
Instead, he found all kinds of open space and a clear path to a 60-yard touchdown run up the sideline, a score that sealed a 13-0 win over Peyton for Williams and his Coal Ridge football teammates on Friday.
“We knew they were biting strong side anyways and we were trying to run out some clock,” the senior quarterback said. “Why not run it wide side? The main thing was to stay in bounds and keep the ball. It turned out nicely. We weren’t looking for a touchdown, that’s for sure.”
Williams’ long scamper, which came with 41 seconds to go in the final quarter, stood out in what was an otherwise anemic offensive night for both Coal Ridge and the visiting Panthers.
The punters certainly got a workout, with the Titans booting the ball away 11 times and Peyton 10.
Coal Ridge finished with 179 yards on offense – 119 rushing and 50 through the air.
The Panthers mustered 126 – 45 on the ground and 81 passing. And a good chunk of those passing yards came on a last-ditch drive that ended with an interception by the Titans’ Claudio Rios.
“Our defense played really well the last two weeks,” said Coal Ridge head coach Scott Parker, whose team improved to 1-1. “We need to run the ball a little better. That’s a work in progress. We only have one returning starter on the offensive line, but they’re in there and battling.”
While it took a while for Coal Ridge to find the end zone a second time, the Titans wasted little time getting on the board in the first quarter.
After the Titans took the ball over on the Peyton 21-yard line thanks to a Panther punt that bounced backward and netted just four yards, Williams found Colton Schelling on a slant for a 21-yard TD connection. The extra-point try failed and Coal Ridge had a 6-0 lead just 4 minutes, 44 seconds into the game.
From there, both sides struggled generating offense.
Dillon Schelling led the Titans with 49 yards rushing on 21 carries. Williams finished with 41 yards on 11 totes and Cody Walls had 30 yards on 10 takes.
Williams also completed 2 of 11 passes for 50 yards.
On defense, Neal Schultz had an interception for Coal Ridge.
Blake Tope fronted the Peyton ground game, amassing 48 yards on 15 carries. Quarterback Cole Ellis put together a 6-for-21 passing line, finishing with 81 yards and two interceptions.
“It was a pretty good game,” Panthers head coach Ken Delahoy said. “We were just a little short in the details. We’re just not executing those details right now.”
Peyton, now 0-2, heads to Holyoke next week. Coal Ridge will play host to Rangely.
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