TOUCHET — Touchet football coach Gary Dorman knew what he had on his hands when Liberty Christian came to town Friday afternoon.
“Knowing what we knew about them — good team speed, good size, the big kids were fast — it’s not how we expected it to turn out,” Dorman said after the Patriots put up a 54-14 Southeast 1B League defeat on the Indians. “They just make you make mistakes. They’re a good ball club, I take my hat off to them.”
The Indians opened the game with a 15-play drive that ate up most of the first quarter. But the Touchet drive stalled on the Liberty Christian 20.
The Patriots used two 40-yard passes to put the first score on the board with 2:37 left, and following a seven-play Touchet drive that gave Liberty Christian the ball back on downs, they took a 14-0 lead on a 47 yard completion from Mike Olson to Tyler Morris — the first of six touchdown passes for Olson on the day.
The Indians gave it back on downs, and the Patriots’ nine-play drive ended with a score with 1:18 left in the first half.
Touchet quarterback Elias Martinez found Vicente Flores for a 42-yard completion to keep their drive going, and Martinez took it in from the 5 to make it 20-8 at half.
“I was hoping we’d show up a little more (in the first half),” Dorman said. “I thought our kids fought really hard and, as I said at halftime, we were an ‘almost’ team the first half. We just ‘almost’ broke that tackle, we just ‘almost’... we just didn’t get that break we were looking for.”
The Patriots set the tone for the rest of the game quickly in the third quarter, putting up three touchdowns just over halfway through the stanza.
Touchet used a face mask penalty to take over at the Patriot 41 down 40-8, and capped an eight-play drive with Martinez finding Cori Ochoa for a six-yard score.
That was all the offense the Indians could muster as Olson threw two more touchdowns for the final score.
“We did some really good things,” Dorman said. “We got beat on a couple long passes — we had some kids out there (on defense) for the first time.
“It’s a big learning curve when you’re going up against a team that feels like they’re going to be playing for the state championship this year,” he said. “You either learn, or get burned, one or the other!”
Olson ended up with 364 yards passing with his six touchdowns, and the Patriots also put up 219 yards on the ground.
The Indians were led by Jose Martinez’s 51 yards on the ground as Touchet put up 145 rushing yards.
Flores’ 42-yard completion led an 85-yard passing day for the Indians.
Martinez ended up 5-of-9 with an interception.
“Elias had a great game,” Dorman said of his junior quarterback. “He was scrambling quite a bit, but made some good decisions. That’s as good a defense as we’re going to see, I think, this year.
“Octavio Preciado ran his heart out, he did a nice job.”
And Dorman praised the play of his offensive line of Nate Ortiz, Ivan Hernandez and Tim Weber.
“Those kids worked hard, they did a nice job,” he said.
With St. John-Endicott coming to Touchet for homecoming on Friday, Dorman remains optimistic.
“We talk about the season being a marathon, not a sprint,” Dorman said. “We weren’t going to get too high if we won (against Liberty Christian), and we weren’t going to get too low if we didn’t. The kids are pretty smart about that. While they’re pretty disappointed about that (the loss), I think they understand we have some growing to do.
“I’m not disappointed in the effort, just disappointed in the result,” he said. “The effort was there. We’ll get better.”
Liberty Christian 54, Touchet 14
Liberty Christian 6 14 20 14 — 54
Touchet 0 8 6 0 — 14
LC — Peterson 40 pass from Olson (run failed).
LC — Morris 47 pass from Olson (Lesser run).
LC — Peterson 9 pass from Olson (pass failed).
Tou — E. Martinez 5 run (Preciado run).
LC — Lindquist 24 pass from Olson (run failed).
LC — Olson 2 run (pass failed).
LC — Morris 49 pass from Olson (Lesser run).
Tou — Ochoa 6 pass from E. Martinez (pass failed).
LC — Lindquist 15 pass from Olson (Lesser run).
LC — Morris 31 pass from Olson (pass failed).
First downs 13 11
Rushes/yards 25-219 50-145
Passing yards 364 85
Passes (att-comp-int) 18-15-0 9-5-1
Punts 0-0 1-41
Fumbles-lost 0-0 0-0
Penalties-yards 5-40 3-25
RUSHING — LC: Lesser 18-153, Morris 2-41, Richards 1-4, Olson 3-14, Lindquist 1-7; Tou: Preciado 13-44, Jo. Martinez 13-51, E. Martinez 17-40, Col. McKeown 5-7, Velasquez 1-1, Flores 1-2.
PASSING — LC: Olson 15-18-0, 364 yards, 6 touchdowns; Tou: E. Martinez 5-9-1, 85 yards, 2 touchdowns.
RECEIVING — LC: Peterson 4-77, Morris 6-201, Richards 1-5, Lindquist 4-81; Tou: Preciado 2-12, Flores 1-42, Ochoa 1-6, Goble 1-25.