Vikings win defensive battle, start 2-0
Colton coach Brynie Robinson wanted a better effort from his defense in the second week of the high school football season, and he got it, as the Vikings defeated Vernonia 20-12 last Friday.
"It was a defensive battle, both sides," Robinson said. "Our defense tackled better. They played a lot better."
Sophomore running back Travers Rogers got Colton on the scoreboard in the second quarter, breaking a tackle and then using a Nolan Earls block to cut back for a 30-yard touchdown run.
Seth Ethington then scored on the two-point try and the Vikings led 8-0 at halftime.
After Vernonia scored to get within 8-6 in the third quarter, Rogers answered with a 3-yard touchdown run.
Colton quarterback Wyatt Earls then added a 7-yard touchdown run to extend the Vikings lead to 20-6.
Earls rushed for 119 yards on 17 carries. He also completed 4 of 8 passes for 68 yards.
Ben Behrens had a 45-yard reception.
"They schemed us pretty good," Robinson said. "They defended the pass pretty well, so we felt like our advantage in the game was running behind our line and we just tried to pound the rock and keep the chains moving and be smart with the ball."
Lineman Zach Rodgers and Eli Hagler returned after missing the first game.
"In our power package, it helped to run behind those two big guys," Robinson said. "Having them back made our running game improve a ton."
Rogers finished with 116 yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries.
Ethington recorded eight tackles to lead the defense. Jeremiah Armas finished with six tackles. Dominic Combest-Day had an interception.
Robinson said Seth Ethington's younger brother, Jeb, a freshman, stepped up for the Vikings after junior Robby Skinner went down with a back injury in practice.
"He'd never played a varsity game other than week one, where he got in maybe three plays, and he started the whole game and I'm just really proud of his efforts having to track down their quarterback (Gunnar Harral)," Robinson said.
Colton (2-0) opens league play this Friday at Sheridan (1-1).
The Spartans are the defending Special District 2 champions.
"We've got to play well and play as a team, play as a family, and see what happens," Robinson said.
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