COLTON - Touchet's secondary was in position on some crucial Colton pass plays here Friday, but didn't have the ball bounce its way as the Wildcats pulled out the 34-16 Southeast 1B-8 Conference victory
"It was a very well-played game," Indians coach Gary Dorman said. "Both sides played real hard and Colton, obviously by their stats (252 yards through the air), threw the ball. There's the old saying that when you throw, two of the three things that can happen are bad. But that didn't happen to them."
Colton quarterback Josh Staughan was off-target on his first pass of the game, but then hit 13 straight times en route to going 23-for-30 with no interceptions for 252 yards.
Touchet opened the game with a 9-minute drive culminating on Jake Hodnefield's 2-yard run. Octavio Preciado punched in the 2-point conversion.
"That was a great drive for us," Dorman said. "But they came right back."
Straughan capped the Wildcats' first drive with a 1-yard run, and the 2-point conversion tied it at 8-apiece.
Colton went ahead on Holdan Druffel's 1-yard run, which was answered by Hodnefield's 53-yard scamper and subsequent conversion run put Touchet up, 16-14.
"Jake had a really good game," Dorman said of Hodnefield's effort.
But the Wildcats went up for good before the end of the half on Straughan's 2-yard run. It was 20-16 at the half.
Colton started the third quarter just as the Indians kicked off the game, taking eight minutes off the clock.
"They really played good ball control," Dorman said. "We couldn't stop them. We'd get them in third-and-long, fourth-and-long, and we couldn't get the stop we needed. It was a real possession offense, and we let them off the hook a couple times.
"They'd have third-and-18 or 20, and they'd pick the right guy (to throw to). We'd be in coverage, but wouldn't turn around and get a hand on the ball. It was the right place, just the wrong results."
Colton scored on Straughan's 2-yard run to cap the drive, and scored once more with 40 seconds remaining in the game for the final margin of victory.
"It was a ball-control, 8-man game," Dorman said, "which you don't see very often."
Touchet missed offensive go-to man Vincente Flores, who was injured prior to last week's 36-18 loss to St. John-Endicott and will likely miss the rest of the season.
"We're having to regroup a little bit, shuffle some players," Dorman said. "I think we were able to come up with a combination. I think we're pretty excited about what we're going to put on the field now."
But the Indians' inexperience was also felt.
"I looked out there and we had five sophomores, two juniors and a senior (on the field)," Dorman said. "Our youth shows up on those big plays. It's just game experience."
Dorman praised Touchet's offensive line, which helped the Indians rack up 160 yards on the ground.
"Our offensive line is starting to come into its own," he said. "This is the first time we've had over 100 yards rushing this year."
And despite dropping to 3-2 overall, and 1-2 in SE1B-8 play, Dorman wasn't unhappy with his team's play Friday.
"I'm not disappointed in the effort," he said. "The result, yes. But the kids worked so hard. I know the score is disappointing, but I think we figured some things out."
Touchet travels to Lacrosse-Washtucna next Friday for another SE1B-8 showdown.
Colton 34, Touchet 16
Touchet 8 8 0 0 - 16
Colton 8 12 8 6 - 34
Tou - Hodnefield 2 run (Preciado run).
Colton - Straughan 1 run (Straughan to Spence conversion pass).
Col - Druffel 1 run (pass failed).
Tou - Hodnefield 53 run (Hodnefield run conversion).
Col - Straughan 2 run (conversion run failed).
Col - Straughan 2 run (Straughan to Spence pass conversion).
Col - Eacker 2 run (pass conversion failed).
First downs 10 20
Rushes/yards 28-160 34-74
Passing yards 60 252
Passes (att-comp-int) 11-7-1 30-23-0
Punts 1-35 0-0
Fumbles-lost 0-0 0-0
Penalties-yards 5-35 6-50
RUSHING - Tou: Preciado 16-73, Hodnefield 12-87; Col: Straughan 21-33, Druffel 5-9, Eacker 8-32.
PASSING - Tou: Hodnefield 7-11-1, 60 yards ; Col: Straughan 23-30-0, 252 yards.
RECEIVING - Tou: Hines 2-19, Kates 2-24, Huesby 2-15, Ortiz 1-2. Col: Eacker 10-128, Spence 10-87, Druffel 1-25, Becker 2-12.