Cardinals Dominate Over Nathan Hale

Story By: Devyn Lyon

            Collinsville’s varsity football team took the field against the Nathan Hale Rangers for their 2016 Cardinal Homecoming. After winning the previous week against Tahlequah, the Cardinals were ready to claim another win for the massive home crowd last Friday. After the coronation of Homecoming King and Queen, Levi Draper and Mallory Vaughn; the Cardinals were ready to dominate the field once again.

The Cards started with routine offensive drive. After a great kick return from Hayden West (#33), Malcolm Tillman (#24) was repeatedly rushed for 33yrds in the first drive. An interception was then caught by Nathan Hale and returned for a touchdown. After stopping the 2pt-conversion, Collinsville quickly answered back with a full 7pt touchdown, rushed in by Tillman (#24) and the extra point kicked by Seth Weiser (#6). Then offense then scored once more the 1st quarter, with a 25yrd pass received by Brett Erickson (#11).

Collinsville scored another 21 points in 3 touchdowns during the 2nd Qtr. Touchdowns scored by Hayden West (#33), Grayson Boomer (#18), and Brett Erickson (#11). Each score was given from passes by Seth Boomer (#12).

The Cardinal defense held the Rangers to only another 7pts in the 2nd Qtr.; scored off a kick return. Several blocked passes and big tackles for loss from the defense gave a quick stop, or even forcing a retreat, on the much smaller Rangers offense. The Collinsville varsity boys exited the 1st half with a dominating score of 35-12.

Neither team scored in the 3rd Qtr, but numerous turnovers took place. It started with Dylan Russell (#3) quickly catching an interception for the Cardinals. After immediately losing the ball on offense from a fumble, Collinsville regained possession with an incredible interception miraculously caught by Carson Stout (32). The rest of the quarter was filled with a routine of run and punt drives.

The Cardinals quickly scored at the start of the 4th Qtr. With a touchdown off a repeated run drive made by Malcolm Tillman (#24). Collinsville sent in all their back-ups to finish the game. Several freshman and sophomores got Varsity playing time. Even sophomore running-back, Carter Lowe (#25), rushed in a touchdown for the Cards, putting the score at 49-12 near the end of the game.

Collinsville ran a very repetitive offense that favored the rushing with few passes. QB Seth Boomer threw for 161yrds in 7 completions, but 5 of which were touchdowns. The two leaders in rushing yards were Dylan Russell (#3), rushing for 138yrds and 1 touchdown, and Malcolm Tillman (#24), who rushed for 178yrds and 2 touchdowns.

The Cardinal Defense took control of the field throughout the entirety of the game. The defense held the Rangers offense to zero points in the game as Nathan Hale only scored on special teams and off an interception. The Cardinal defensive line gave constant pressure and sacks Friday night. With Joey Krupinski (#70) gaining for tackles and a fumble recovery, Spencer Oslin (#65) taking 3 tackles, and Jacob Harrison (#51) with another 2 tackles. Levi Draper (#10) took another 4 tackles against Hale and nearly all were in the back field. OLB Dylan Russell (#3) and DB Carson Stout (#2) each had an interception to give the Cards further momentum in the game.

The Collinsville varsity team finished the night with a tremendous leading score of 49-12. The Cardinals, now with a winning record of 4 – 2, now prepare for their match-up against Memorial on Oct. 14. The Cards have another 4 regular season games ahead of them before they make their way in the playoffs this November.

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Devyn Lyon

Collinsville High School Senior, Class of 2018, Cross Country Captain and Cardinal Connection Staff Editor

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