COLTON — A 30-point second-quarter explosion vaulted Touchet to a 56-28 Southeast 1B-8 League football victory over Colton here Friday night.
Octavio Preciado’s 9-yard touchdown run and his two-point conversion catch staked the visiting Indians to a modest 8-0 lead over the Wildcats after one quarter of play.
But any doubt about the game’s outcome was wiped away in the second period as the Indians’ defense came up with four stops — twice on pass interceptions — and the offense scored every time it touched the ball.
Vicente Flores visited the Wildcats’ end zone three times in the period as he snagged an 11-yard touchdown pass from Elias Martinez, scored on a 6-yard end-around play and then dashed 25 yards to pay dirt with a pass interception.
Jose Martinez also scored on a 21-yard run as the Indians bolted to a 38-0 halftime lead that was never threatened in the second half.
“This was one of those games where you have to win,” Touchet coach Gary Dorman said, noting that Colton was winless in league play coming into the game. “When you take on a team that is struggling, you can’t go in and get surprised if you want to be playing at the end of the season.”
Touchet bumped its league record to 2-1 and is 3-1 overall heading into next Friday’s game at Lacrosse-Washtucna. That game figures to be a more difficult test in light of the Tigercats’ 66-36 victory over Pomeroy Friday night on the Pirates’ home field.
“Next Friday should be a real competitive game if we show up and play like we did against Colton,” Dorman said.
Although the Indians’ offense rolled up more than 400 yards rushing for a second straight game, Dorman was more inclined to talk about his team’s defense against the Wildcats.
“We really came out and put the leather to them,” Dorman said. “Somebody said that it reminded them of when Touchet was the hardest-hitting team in the league.
“That’s nice to hear, especially with the speed that we have to make up for some of our own mistakes.”
Elias Martinez led the Indians’ rushers with 122 yards on six carries from his quarterback position. Jose Martinez, back at running back after subbing on the offensive line last week, gained 86 yards on nine carries and Colter McKeown and Preciado chipped in with 65 and 63 yards rushing, respectively.
Elias Martinez scored one of Touchet’s three second-half touchdowns on a 64-yard run in the third period. McKeown scored the other two, the first on a 33-yard run while playing halfback and the other on a 9-yard quarterback keeper in the fourth period.
“We let our starters go the first series of the second half and then started subbing in,” Dorman said. “We got all the seniors out and played mostly juniors and sophomores the rest of the way.”
Colton’s throw-and-catch duo of Jake Straughan and Trystan Thompson accounted for all three of the Wildcats’ touchdowns. Straughan found Thompson for a 29-yard score in the third quarter and they hooked up again on TD passes of 20 and 16 yards in the fourth.
Straughan, who was intercepted three times, completed 17-of-34 passes for 247 yards and Thompson had four catches for 75 yards. Zack Devorak led Colton with five pass receptions for 87 yards.
Straughan also rushed for 53 yards on 11 carries and Nick Robertson picked up 51 yards on 13 attempts.
Elias Martinez attempted just three passes in the game, and the 11-yard scoring strike to Flores was his only completion of the night.
Touchet 56, Colton 29
Touchet 8 30 12 6 — 56
Colton 0 0 6 14 — 29
Tou — Preciado 9 run (Preciado pass from E. Martinez)
Tou — Flores 11 pass from E. Martinez (E. Martinez run)
Tou — J. Martinez 21 run (pass failed).
Tou — Flores 6 run (J. Martinez run).
Tou — Flores 25 pass interception return (J. Martinez run).
Tou — Col. McKeown 33 run (pass failed).
Col — Thompson 29 pass from Straughan (run failed).
Tou — E. Martinez 64 run (pass failed).
Col — Thompson 20 pass from Straughan (run failed).
Tou — Col. McKeown 9 run (run failed).
Col — Thompson 16 pass from Straughan (Devorak pass from Straughan).
First downs 15 17
Rushes/yards 35-403 27-114
Passing yards 11 247
Passes (att-comp-int) 3-1-0 34-17-3
Punts 0-0 2-42
Fumbles-lost 1-0 0-0
Penalties-yards 8-65 5-35
RUSHING — Touchet: E. Martinez 6-122, J. Martinez 9-86, Col. McKeown 7-65, Preciado 5-63, Flores 2-41, Goble 3-21, Butler 1-0, Velasquez 2-5; Colton: Straughan 11-53, Robertson 13-51, Frank Dillon 2-5, Devorak 1-5.
PASSING — Touchet: E. Martinez 1-3-0, 11 yards, 1 touchdown. Colton: Straughan 17-34-3, 247 yards, 3 touchdowns.
RECEIVING — Touchet: Flores 1-11-1; Colton: Devorak 5-87-0, Thompson 4-75-3, Robertson 3-60-0, Dillon 4-20-0, Dahmen 1-5-0.