Culver football falls 33-6 to Colton on homecoming night
Culver football dropped to 1-5 on the season after losing to Colton 33-6 on homecoming night last Friday. Despite coming away with a solid win over Gervais the week prior, the Bulldogs were bitten once again by the turnover bug.
"I think we had six or seven turnovers," said head coach Brian Silbernagel. "Something we've struggled with all year long is taking care of the football. We didn't take care of the football, clearly."
Those problems were evident from the opening kickoff on Friday night, when Logan Macy fumbled the ball away to Colton as he embarked on the initial kick return.
Macy also threw four interceptions on the night, including one that was taken back for a touchdown by the Colton defense.
"Defensively, I thought we played a much better game than we have in weeks past," said Silbernagel. "I was happy to see that the defense was doing things correctly: tackling in space and getting to the football."
Silbernagel had similar praise for the Colton defense after the game.
"Their D-line was small, but they were pretty quick," the coach said. "I think the speed of their defensive linemen gave our offensive line fits. When we had time to throw, typically good things happened."
On other plays where the pass protection broke down, though, it forced the Culver offense into mistakes.
"The one where it was a pick-six, obviously that ball shouldn't have been thrown," said Silbernagel. "It should have been thrown away."
Under immense pressure, though, miscues like that are bound to happen.
It wasn't all bad for Culver, though. Late in the game down 26-0, Macy wowed the hometown crowd with a 12-yard touchdown run that included not one but two spin moves to evade Colton tacklers. It was the most electric moment of the game, but it was not enough to seriously turn the tide.
Culver's season wraps up with two road games in the coming weeks. First, the Bulldogs head to Mt. Angel to take on second-ranked Kennedy on Friday, Oct. 22. Then, the team makes the trip to Stayton for a regular-season finale against Regis. Both games are scheduled to kick off at 7 p.m.
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