COLTON — So much for measuring a football team’s success based on its number of offensive plays from scrimmage.
Visiting Touchet snapped the ball 53 times here Friday night — 29 running plays and 24 passes — compared to just 28 scrimmage plays for Colton.
The Wildcats rushed the ball just 11 times and attempted 17 passes. But the ’Cats made their plays count big time as they blasted the Indians 70-0 in a one-sided Southeast 1B-8 League game
It was the second loss in as many outings for Touchet, which got its season off to a belated start the previous week with a 60-14 loss at Sunnyside Christian. Colton, which lost at Sunnyside Christian 64-34 in its season opener, won for the third consecutive week and at 3-1 shares second place in the league standings with the Knights, one game behind undefeated Garfield-Palouse.
Gar-Pal improved to 4-0 Friday with a 92-52 home victory over Pomeroy, leaving the Pirates alone in fourth place in the six-team league with a 2-2 record.
Sunnyside Christian, meanwhile, hammered St. John-Endicott 58-8 Friday night to improve to 3-1 and saddle the Eagles with their fourth straight defeat.
Touchet and St. John-Endicott, the league’s two remaining winless teams, face each other next Friday in Touchet. For the 0-4 Indians, who were forced to forfeit their first two games because they didn’t have enough eligible players to field a team, it will be their homecoming.
“It’s going to be a couple of teams that haven’t won a game in awhile,” first-year Touchet coach Leland Weber said of next Friday’s game. “My players are not hanging their heads and they’re not giving up, they’re going to be ready for next week and hungry to get a win for homecoming.”
Colton didn’t need to run a play from scrimmage to get on the scoreboard here Friday night. Kadence Rinehart returned the game-opening kickoff 70 yards for a touchdown, Parker Druffel passed to Trent Druffel for the two-point conversion and the onslaught was on.
Parker Druffel passed for three more touchdowns and ran for a fourth as the Wildcats mounted a 40-0 lead after one quarter. He hit Chris Wolf on a 39-yard scoring toss, connected twice for six points to Luke Vining on pass plays covering 11 and 45 yards, and he scored himself on a 30-yard run.
Parker Druffel and Vining hooked up twice more in the second quarter on scoring plays of 45 and 20 yards as Colton padded its lead to 56-0 at the intermission. Parker Druffel’s sixth TD pass of the game was a 25-yard strike to Reece Chadwick in the third quarter, and he scored on a 70-yard run in the final period to finish off the night’s scoring.
Parker Druffel completed 13-of-17 passes for 260 yards and Vining had six catches for 144 yards. Parker Druffel also had 97 rushing yards on seven attempts.
“They only have nine players on their team so it was a little hard for them to back off,” Weber said of the Wildcats. “They did keep passing, though, which kind of upset me.”
Although Touchet was unable to get the ball into the end zone, the Indians were successful moving the ball on offense. Kaedyn Gallaher garnered 94 yards on 10 carries, Evan McMakin picked up 74 yards on 10 trips and Brian Vasquez garnered 56 yards on three tries to lead a fairly successful running game.
“We got the ball down to the goal line twice but couldn’t score,” Weber said. “We had some miscues, got the jitters and shot ourselves in the foot.
“Maybe it’s our youth or whatever,” Weber added. “We’re learning as we go, coaches and players. It’s just inexperience I guess.”
Wildcats 70, Indians 0
Col — Rinehart 70 kickoff return (T. Druffel pass from P. Druffel).
Col — Wolf 39 pass from P. Druffel (P. Druffel run).
Col — P. Druffel 30 run (Wolf pass from P. Druffel).
Col — Vining 11 pass from P. Druffel (Wolf pass from P. Druffel).
Col — Vining 45 pass from P. Druffel (T. Druffel pass from P. Druffel).
Col — Vining 45 pass from P. Druffel (Rinehart pass from P. Druffel).
Col — Vining 20 pass from P. Druffel (Wolf run).
Col — Chadwick 25 pass from P. Druffel (P. Druffel run).
Col — P. Druffel 70 run (run failed).
RUSHING — Touchet: Hilbert 2-(-10), E. McMakin 10-74, Gallaher 10-94, Hale 1-(-4), Jaggar 1-(-3), Hackiewick 1-30, Vasquez 3-56, McColley 1-5; Colton: P. Druffel 7-97, Chadwick 1-10, Wolf 2-48, Rinehart 1-13.
PASSING — Touchet: Jaggar 9-23-0, 76 yards; Hilbert 1-1-0, 7 yards. Colton: P. Druffel 13-17-0, 260 yards, 6 touchhdowns.
RECEIVING — Touchet: Hale 2-32-0, Gallaher 3-35-0, E. McMakin 5-16-0; Colton: Wolf 4-85-1, Vining 6-144-4, Chadwick 1-25-1, Rinehart 1-3-0, T. Druffel 1-3-0.