Colton football throttles Blanchet Catholic 59-22, remains unbeaten
Through the first six weeks of play, Colton football finds itself in unusual territory. The Vikings, a .500 team throughout much of the last decade, is now 6-0 and the No. 1-ranked team in the state at 2A. Colton has rattled off impressive wins over Valley Catholic, Bandon/Pacific, Knappa, Regis, Willamina and, on Friday, Oct. 7, Blanchet Catholic Cavaliers.
The win over the Cavaliers puts Colton in a position that they haven't been in since the early '80s, according to head coach Jason Stewart.
"1983 was the last time they got first place in league," Stewart said. "We're going to try and go further than that. We're looking deep into the playoffs. I have 14 seniors and they, with the rest of the kids that we have, they're believing, and we're ready to do it. It's our year."
In 1983, Colton competed in the Class A classification and made its way to the state championship game with wins over McKenzie, Yoncalla and Dayton. In the state championship game, Colton drew with St. Mary's 0-0, according to the OSAA Archives.
Things are different now though. Colton has proven that, if drawn at the end of regulation, they can gut out a win against a top-10 opponent. The Vikings gritted out a 50-48 triple overtime win over Regis on Sept. 23. Most of the season, though, Colton hasn't needed extra time to win.
Against Blanchet Catholic, the Vikings dominated 59-22. There were passing touchdowns from sophomore quarterback Wyatt Holliday (3x) and freshman quarterback Logan Roberts; receiving touchdowns sophomore Ben Imdieke, Noah Bjornstedt (2x), and Montgomery Robinson; and rushing touchdowns from Imdieke, senior running backs Lance Gunter and Nolan Earls, and sophomore running back Kailer Chin.
The variety of attack is something that Stewart and offensive coordinator Aaron Krause are working to maximum efficiency. Part of that efficiency comes with the 2A classification moving to nine-man football.
"My offensive coordinator Aaron is very tricky, he uses the whole field," Stewart said. "We use everybody that we have, all of our weapons. The wing-T, we morphed it because we used to be 11-man and now we're nine-man. But I think the nine-man wing-T is a lot more dangerous than the 11-man.
"(There's) less guys," Stewart continued. "Two less guys to tackle us, and we have nine guys to play and it's easier for us to rotate everybody. Everybody gets to play."
Colton finds itself 6-0 and 3-0 in the Tri-River Conference, a game ahead of the next closest team, but the aim is beyond a league championship. The team has its eyes on the state championship.
"We're rolling, we're just rolling," Stewart said. "Banging on all cylinders. They believe; we're just a big brotherhood trying to do something out here at Colton. That's it."
Colton will face off against Santiam (4-2, 3-1 in league) at home on Thursday, Oct. 13.
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