Colton football wins home opener
Four weeks into the high school football season, Colton finally had its home opener Friday.
After Chemawa decided to cancel the rest of its varsity football season after week one due to a lack of participation, Colton coach Brynie Robinson asked the Braves if they would play still the Vikings as long as they did not play their starters.
Chemawa agreed, and with a squad of mostly junior varsity players, Colton won 16-6 Friday in a game that will go in the record books as a Vikings 1-0 victory by forfeit.
"We only had three home games at the time," Robinson said. "It was really important that we had a game instead of no game."
With backup quarterback Jackson English leading the offense, Colton took an 8-0 lead early in the second quarter on a Enlish 1-yard touchdown run and Jeremiah Armas two point conversion.
Both English and Armas are starters on the Vikings varsity defense, but reserves on offense.
"It was a way to get kids playing time in the backup positions that we have them," Robinson said. "We got our JV Friday night light experience, which will hopefully result in good things to come."
After Jeb Ethington rushed for a 7-yard touchdown, the Vikings added a safety late in the game to complete the scoring.
Ethington finished with 85 yards on 15 carries. Tanner Naylor had 25 yards before suffering a concussion.
Armas rushde for 37 yards on 11 carries.
English passed for 42 yards and rushed for 22 yards.
"I was impressed," Robinson said. "They played better in that game than they did the first JV game. The growth from game one to game two for JV was big. I saw the improvement that we were looking for. I thought our quarterback played well. I thought our running backs ran hard. And for the most part our offensive line did better than they did game one."
The Vikings were previously scheduled to play at Gervais this Friday, but that game has been moved to Colton.
In exchange, Colton, which originally had a bye on Oct. 25, has now agreed to play at Gervais on that date.
The Cougars were supposed to host Chemawa Oct. 25 for its homecoming game.
"It worked out," Robinson said. "We not only got an extra home game, but an extra game. I felt like it was a big present from the big guy. They're running a pretty challenging (double wing) offense to try to stop. We've got to execute and play well and stop them."
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