The road was a friendly place for the Colton High football team Friday night as the Vikings snagged a 21-6 over their hosts, Stanfield.
There were early struggles, but the Vikings were eventually able to right the ship and sail home with the win.
"We struggled a little being as this is the first real football game Colton has played in a year," coach Jason Stewart said.
The game opened with three-and-outs for both teams, so the defenses were dialed in early. But the scoring gates were about to open.
"We settled in and scored on the next drive, set up by big pass play to Shade Starr, our junior wide receiver, from (quarterback) Dominic Combest-Day for 30 yards," Stewart said.
From there, fullback Travers Rogers wedged it up in the middle for nine yards and the first score.
Stanfield got things even in the second quarter when they benefitted from a couple penalties to keep a drive alive, then scored right before the half to make it 6-all.
"The third quarter starts again and the defenses on both sides did a great job," Steward noted.
Colton would loosen up the Stanfield defense later in the quarter when Caleb Behrens delivers a 30-yard gain on a running play to put the ball at the Stanfield 5-yard-line. Rogers punched it in again to make it 12-6. Combest-Day tacked on a two-point conversion with a nifty pass on a double drag route to Tanner Johnson to make it 14-6.
After holding Stanfield's offense once again, Behrens kept the ground game rolling with a 35 yards scamper for the final score of the game.
"The Vikings started out slow, but they fought back and played Colton football," Stewart said. "I'm so proud of them."
Up next will be a visit to Vernonia on Sep. 10.
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