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The Collinsville stadium filled with anxious Cardinal fans, ready for the start of a new season. With a new line up, quarterback, and play style, everyone was excited to witness the success of the fresh Collinsville varsity team. Many seniors had left from the previous football season, but many young players, who proved their talented last season, were now more refined in their skills and experience.
The monstrous helmet at the corner of the field shook with a violent inner commotion, the fight song roared inside the stadium, and the Big Bad Redbirds stormed Sallee Field ready to take on the East Central Cardinals.
After the season’s first coin toss and a beautiful kickoff by Seth Weiser, Collinsville’s defense took the field first. The Cardinal defense immediately overpowered East Central’s offense. Two of the four plays were sacks by Collinsville’s explosive defensive line. Looking at fourth and long, East Central was forced to punt the ball away. This soon became repetitive for East Central, being forced to punt again and again. The home team was ferocious and continued to dominate the visiting team with every snap of the ball.
Heavy hits were dealt left and right from the Cards. The defense had four interceptions from East Central’s passes, two of which were returned for an immediate touchdown. These interceptions seemed to shut down Central’s passing game. Senior cornerback, Carson Stout blocked three passes and two interceptions, one of which was returned for a touchdown. With their passing game clearly outmatched by the Cardinal defense, East Central was forced to stick to their run game, but Collinsville shut this down as well. The home team added up to over a dozen tackles for loss. Key players in stopping the run game were senior defensive lineman, Spencer Oslin, and junior defensive back, Walker Roberts. Together, the Cardinal defense held the East Central offense to zero points throughout both halves and only allowing two total first downs.
Tate Robards, the new quarterback for Collinsville, led the team as they exploded through East Central’s defense. The entire town stood curious as to how the rookie QB would perform. He proved his natural talent for reading a defense. Robards did not throw often, but he racked up 53 total passing yards in only three completed passes. Robards was very strong in his run game, as he claimed 45 total rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns. His rushing yards contributed to the overall 358 total rushing yards for Collinsville. The Cards had several running-backs who all proved to be incredibly talented in their position including Malcolm Tillman, Trey Eberle, Brayden Burd, Carter Lowe, and Peyton Russell.
Collinsville won their first season game with a final score of 47-0. Head Coach Jones stated, “We are taking it one week at a time and one goal at a time, and next week we’ve got Oologah and our next goal is District Champions.”
Collinsville takes on one of their biggest rivals, the Oologah Mustangs next Friday. The team is ready to take on their rivals and send the Mustangs home with a major loss. “Be ready,” Tate Robards stated in his remark towards Oologah. “Because we’re coming, and we’re coming fast.”
***Story and all photos of this post are by Devyn Lyon, Editor of the Cardinal Connection***