Colton defensive stand nabs homecoming win
When it needed a stop, the Colton defense came up big in a homecoming win Oct. 7 against visiting Sheridan.
The Vikings foiled a two-point conversion try by Sheridan late in the game to walk away with a 35-34 non-league win.
"We win a crazy game, but we fought and took the 'W' on homecoming," coach Jason Stewart said. "It was really back and forth all game, but we drew first blood."
Travers Rogers got things rolling early as the Vikings offense was humming, punching in a short touchdown run to give Colton a 7-0 lead.
Sheridan, though, would answer back, getting their own score and two-point conversion for an 8-7 lead, then getting the ball back quickly on a Colton fumble. They again punched it in, this time for a 16-7 lead.
Fortunately, Stewart's squad would demonstrate a resiliency they showed all night. With about four minutes before the half, Ben Behrens took a hand-off on a counter play and rambled 60 yards for the score. He also tacked on the two-point try to close Colton within 15-16 at the break.
Sheridan would again get some breathing room, eventually jumping out to a 28-15 lead, but back come the Vikings.
"We came back and scored on another counter, this time to Jeb Ethington for a 50-yard run, so now it's 23-28," Stewart explained. "Sheridan goes mad and started airing the ball out because we'd been getting burned a few times."
This time, however, cornerback Dominic Combest-Day deflects a pass into the waiting arms of Lance Gunter and he returns it to the Colton 40-yard-line.
"We drove down the field and Travers Rogers scored on a fullback toss to the right from 15 yards out," Stewart said.
The conversion failed, suddenly making it a 29-28 game with Colton on top. But there was plenty of action still to come in the fourth quarter.
Sheridan stuck to its passing game, but it wasn't producing anything early on in the quarter. Colton would get its final score when Behrens took it around the end and motored 50 yards for what turned out to be the winning score. Up 35-29, the Vikings were going to have to hold on because Sheridan came back.
"Time goes on and we're both battling back-and-forth in the fourth quarter and the time winds down to about two minutes, and Sheridan finally gets a lucky pass down the middle for the touchdown," said Stewart.
But that would be it as the two-point attempt for the win fell short.
The win moves Colton record to 2-3 overall, 0-3 in league play. Up next will be an Oct. 15 trip to Culver. Game time is 7 p.m.
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