COLCORD — Despite being shut out in the season opener, Fairland head coach Kent Marshall wasn’t too disappointed.
“The game was not indicative of 27-0,” he said following a shutout loss to Colcord here Thursday, Aug. 24.
“We had the ball inside the 10 twice,” he said “We put together real good drives, but either fumbled it or threw an interception or something of that nature. That stuff is all correctable.
“We feel the game would have been a nail-biter right down to the end if we had gotten into the end zone.”
Colcord, up 14-0 at the break, took the second half kickoff and drove for a touchdown.
“I turned to one of the coaches and said ‘that’s when the wheels would fall off last year’ but our kid fought hard to put the wheels back on. We hung in there.”
The Owls generated 184 yards in total offense, with 173 of that coming on the ground.
Jose Garcia and Riley Powell were a combined 1 of 3 with one interception for 11 yards.
Jay Padberg had the lone reception.
Sophomore running back Charles Reed had 89 yards on 22 carries while Jose Garcia added 46 yards on 14 attempts.
Others with yardage for Fairland were Michael Foust, 15 carries for 28 yards; Luke Jones, one for 8 and Powell, four carries for 3 yards.
“We took away a lot of positives,” Marshall said. “There are a lot of things that need to be corrected, but man, there were a lot of positives.”
Colcord generated 355 yards total, 135 rushing and 120 passing.
Ryan Castleman had 119 yards on nine carries. He also caught four passes for 44 yards and completed his only pass attempt for 36 yards.
Chad Kendrick added 96 yards on 11 tries.
Quarterback Spencer Earp was 6 of 11 passing for 84 yards and an interception.
The Owls travel to Wyandotte on Friday, Sept. 1.