Collinsville Falls to Catoosa Indians

This entry is part 14 of 14 in the series Football

After their loss in their rivalry game against the Mustangs, the Collinsville Cardinals were ready to take on their first away game against the Catoosa Indians. The Cards have defeated the Indians every season since 2014, so Collinsville was clearly favored to win this year.

Starting with an overpowering defensive-line and a strong rushing game, Collinsville dominated the first half. On defense, major players were showing through early in the game. Spencer Oslin and Tres Sexton were storming through Catoosa’s O-line nearly ever down in the first half. Oslin had 10 tackles and 3 sacks when the half ended, and Sexton had 8 tackles and 3 sacks. With these two making major stops against Catoosa’s running plays, Walker Roberts was a key player for Collinsville, stopping the Indians’ passing game. At the end of the first quarter, the Cardinals held the Indians to only 7 points.

 

Collinsville’s offense started out strong, relying more on the rushing game. The team ran a heavy rushing offense utilizing 3 running backs (Malcolm Tillman, Jake Tuttle, and Brayden Burd) and the QB (Tate Robards) for rushing yards. Many of their plays were strong blasts straight up the middle for advancements down the field. This led to Collinsville being the first to score. With the lead at 7-0, Catoosa immediately responded with an 80-yard touchdown,the Cardinals instantly took back the lead as Hayden West returned the kickoff for a 90-yard touchdown. At the end of the first half, the Cards led 14-7.

 

When the second half began, the momentum had changed entirely. Collinsville had pulled one of their strongest defensive players, Walker Roberts was pulled due to a potential shoulder injury. The Indians began to pass more and it caught the Cardinals on their heels. The Indians scored on their first drive of the half and tied the game at 14-14.

 

They could not seem to get the upper-hand on the Indians in the third quarter. Catoosa quickly scored again, taking the lead at 21-14.

The Cards entered the last quarter down by one touchdown. The Cards were successful in being able to halt the Indians from extending their lead. The Cardinal offense however, was not as successful as the defense. The varsity team had repeatedly rushed the same exact plays throughout the entire game and the opposing defense obviously caught on. Only 3 passes were thrown by Collinsville in the second half and only 7 total for the night. Catoosa came out victorious Friday night with a score of 21-14 over Collinsville, bringing the Cards’ record to 1-2.

 

“They came out ready to play, and I just believe they were more physical in the second half than we were.” Coach Jones stated after their loss. “We just got to be ready to get back to the core roots of Code Red Football and come back out and win us these next ball games.”

 

The Cards now return home working harder than ever to prevent another loss. They have two weeks to prepare for one of the toughest teams in their division, Bishop Kelley. They believe they are more than ready to take on Bishop Kelley in 2 weeks.

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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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