Friday night, the Collinsville varsity football team traveled to East Central to face off against the Nathan Hale Rangers. Even after the outcomes of recent games, the Cards were still picked to win over the Rangers. After Tate Robards was deemed unable to compete Friday due to an injury, Carson Stout was filling the position as quarterback. Collinsville fans were filled with curiosity because Stout had not played as QB in over four years, but the varsity coaching staff and players were confident in Stout’s abilities.
Straight out of the gate, Collinsville scored as Brayden Burd received the kickoff and returned the ball for a 73-yard touchdown. The big-red defense marched onto the field, ready to quickly give the ball back to their offense. Lack of communication between the Hale QB and Center gave a big advantage to Collinsville’s defense. Poor snapping allowed several major plays for the Cardinal defense. Several sacks was made by players such as Adam Carney, Trey Eberle, Carter Lowe, Hayden Knight, Spencer Oslin, Trace Sexton, and more. The Rangers offense could not get past the Cardinal defense as they were forcing turnovers, blocking punts, and even causing two safeties. Collinsville held the Rangers to an average of -4 yards per drive throughout the game.
The performance of the Cardinal offense was the topic of the night. Malcolm Tillman rushed for 77 yards in 3 plays on the first drive, and Stout ran it into the end-zone for a touchdown. Stout was given the best possible conditions to perform well in his first game as QB this season. The entire offense was flowing for the first time this year since the East Central game. Stout proved he could run the ball, take a hit, throw, and he could take it straight down the field.
Collinsville’s offense was a force in motion Friday night, putting 65 points on the board. Every player got time on the field, and each player got the opportunity to make a defensive or offensive play. The final score had Collinsville claiming victory at 65-0.
Carson Stout stated after the game that it was “the momentum everyone needed.” He looked back at the scoreboard and said “We put more points up than other teams in the conference have. We aren’t out of it yet.”
With all the excitement and adrenaline from the game, he predicted, “I’m going to call it now, we’ll win it out from here.” Time will only tell the outcome of Collinsville’s football season, but players and fans now have high hopes in the fact that there is still a chance for more wins and maybe even a playoff position.