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The Vikings defeated the visiting Cougars 61-0 after an explosive first 24 minutes of play

PIONEER PHOTO: TANNER RUSS - Colton senior Wyatt Earls was part of the potent offensive attack in the first half. The Vikings scored 61 points against Gervais on Friday, Sept. 28.COLTON — For the second week in a row, Colton put together a 60 point football game. The recipient of that explosive team was Gervais, who was unable to reciprocate in any form on the night. Colton defeated the visiting Cougars 61-0 on Friday, Sept. 28.

"We're feeling good," Colton head coach Brynie Robinson said after the game. "I'm excited about how we focused on the little things. That was our message this week, trying to focus on the little things. I'm excited about all three phases."

"We're super young, and I tell the kids all the time, in a year or two, we're going to be really good," Gervais head coach Scott Crawford said. "We're playing football at the varsity level, but we're not varsity football players yet. The difference is they're good. They're the second best team we've faced, and I think they'll compete with Santiam for that top spot. I wish them all the best."

The bulk of the scoring took place in the first half, and it came from all the different facets of the game. The offense provided the bulk of the points, getting things started inside of 20 minutes from a 19-yard TJ Tiano run up the left side.PIONEER PHOTO: TANNER RUSS - Colton senior TJ Tiano scored the first touchdown for the Vikings against the Gervais Cougars on Sept. 28. The Vikings won 61-0 on the night.

Gervais put together a long stretch of offense but gave away the ball after a fumble on the punt snap. Colton took over the ball on the Gervais 19-yard line. Senior quarterback Wyatt Earls connected with junior Seth Ethington for an 18-yard gain, and on the next play senior James Parker ran it up the middle for the one-yard touchdown at 6:27 of the first quarter. A Joseph Reed run made a two-point conversion successful, and the Vikings led 14-0.

"I thought Wyatt was really good with decision making, which is something that we've asked him to develop and put into his repertoire," Robinson said. "Whether to hand it off, give off, pull, decision making was good for his development. I felt like he had really good decision making, and I think he's growing into it."

The Colton defense held Gervais on its next drive, and on the Cougars ensuing punt, the Vikings special teams made the most of it. Sophomore Isaiah Frias ran the punt back for the third touchdown of the night at 4:33 of the first quarter. Reed once again ran in the two point conversion up the left-hand side, and Colton led 22-0.

"It was pretty open over there," Reed said. "We usually run to the strong side, but it was plugged so we went to the left side a lot more."PIONEER PHOTO: TANNER RUSS - Gervais quarterback Damian Tavera was under pressure the entire night against the Colton defense. Gervais was shut out 61-0 on Friday, Sept. 28.

Once again, the Vikings defense did its job, limiting Gervais to just four plays and negative yardage. And once again, the Vikings offense did its job. In three plays, the team moved the ball 32 yards into the end zone after Earls hit Parker for the touchdown. Parker also ran in the 2-point conversion, and at 2:03 of the first quarter it was 30-0 for the home team.

In the second quarter, Colton's Reed hurdled a Gervais tackler and broke through the Cougars' defense to score a 40-yard touchdown run at 11:49. Colton's defense got a pick-six thanks to senior Javontae Maes who intercepted Gervais sophomore Damian Tavera. Wyatt Earls also had a pick six for the Vikings defense at 9:47 of the second. A pair of two point conversions attached to those touchdowns led to a 52-0 lead at halftime.

In the second half, Colton put different offensive personnel in to play with a running clock. At 5:10 of the third quarter, Colton's Reed put a field goal through the uprights from the 3-yard line. The score was now 55-0 for the home team. In the fourth quarter, the Vikings put together another scoring drive and the game concluded with Colton up 61-0.

Colton (2-1 in league, 4-1 overall) will square off with Culver (1-1 in league, 2-3 overall) at home on Friday, Oct. 5. Gervais (0-3 in league, 0-5 overall) faces Kennedy (0-2 in league, 3-2 overall) in a home contest on the same day.

The key to success for the Vikings is to plan for the toughest challenge possible.

"We just need to keep it up and work harder every week," Reed said. "We need to keep thinking the other team is just as good as we are. We're a 10, they're a 10, keep playing like that."

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