TOUCHET — By rule, game officials seldom stopped the clock in the second half here Friday afternoon.
The St. John-Endicott defense couldn’t stop Touchet’s high-powered offense before or after the intermission as the Indians rampaged to a 70-0 victory over the Eagles in the Southeast 1B-8 League football game.
The Indians exploded for 24 points in the first quarter and tacked on 22 more in the second, capped by junior Colton Goble’s 12-yard score with seven seconds on the clock. Goble’s TD assured that the 40-point running-clock rule would be enforced throughout the second half.
Goble, who didn’t see the field offensively in the second half, was one of no fewer than nine Indians who took turns carrying the ball during the one-sided affair. Touchet finished the game with 326 yards rushing on 37 carries while the Indians’ defense limited SJ-E to 116 yards of total offense in the game.
The victory enabled Touchet to even its league record at 1-1 and get back on track after last weekend’s 54-14 whipping at the hands of preseason SEB-8 favorite Liberty Christian. It was the Indians who saw the game clock begin to spin unabated in the fourth period of that game when the Patriots opened up a 40-point lead with their final touchdown of the day.
“We talked all week about not getting too high and not getting too low,” Indians coach Gary Dorman said of his team’s approach to Friday’s game after the tough loss the previous week. “We were disappointed with the loss, but we figured we had some unfinished business to attend to. And we had a great week of practice.”
Carlos Rincon, a 170-pound freshman who seldom sees the field during varsity games, led the Indians’ ground game Friday with 92 yards on seven carries, all of them in the second half. Rincon’s day included 51-yard touchdown bolt in the third quarter.
“Carlos is one of our fastest runners in the 40,” Dorman said of Rincon. “There aren’t many guys who are going to catch him when he breaks into the open.”
Another freshman runner, 140-pound Leo Garcia, also made an impression Friday. Although Garcia only netted one yard rushing on six trips, he scored the Indians’ final TD on a 1-yard burst and also scored on a two-point conversion run following Rincon’s touchdown.
“Those two freshman running backs did a good job,” Dorman said. “And we had a lot of young kids blocking against St. John’s varsity line and we were still able to run the ball against them.”
But perhaps the player who benefited the most Friday afternoon was sophomore Colter McKeown, a 165-pounder who got the start at running back and then quarterbacked the Indians most of the second half.
McKeown finished with 76 yards rushing on nine carries and had touchdown runs of 1 and 23 yards. Because of the lopsided halftime score, he didn’t attempt a pass from the quarterback position in the second half.
McKeown received the starting nod at running back because senior Jose Martinez was asked to switch from running back to center. Starting center Ivan Hernandez, a junior, rolled an ankle in practice during the week was held out of the game, and backup center Nate Ortiz, a senior who normally starts at a guard position, was held out the first half because of a mid-week disciplinary issue.
“Nate would have gone into the game in the second half if the score had been closer,” Dorman said. “And Jose would have played fullback, if needed, or we could have kept him on the offensive line. As it turned out, we didn’t have to make that decision.”
But Dorman was impressed with McKeown’s game.
“He responded very well for a sophomore coming into that situation,” Dorman said. “We’ve kind of been waiting for him to blossom, and he got a step closer today.”
Junior quarterback Elias Martinez had a 73-yard touchdown run and finished his two quarters of work with 81 yards rushing on three carries. He also completed 3-of-5 passes for 53 yards, including a 17-yard scoring pass to senior Vicente Flores, who had two catches for 32 yards on the day.
Senior Ocatavio Preciado rushed for 41 yards on four carries and had a 7-yard TD.
The Indians, 3-1 on the season, travel to Colton Friday for another league game.
“Four teams get into the playoffs, and it’s anybody’s guess who they will be,” Dorman said. “It looks like there are six pretty good ball clubs.”
Touchet 70, St. John-Endicott 0
St. John-Endicott 0 0 0 0 — 0
Touchet 24 22 18 6 — 70
Tou — Col. McKeown 1 run (Ochoa pass from E. Martinez).
Tou — Preciado 7 run (Col. McKeown run).
Tou — E. Martinez 73 run (Ochoa pass from E. Martinez).
Tou — Flores 17 pass from E. Martinez (kpass failed).
Tou — E. Martinez run (McKeown run).
Tou — Goble 12 run (Valasquez run).
Tou — McKeown 23 run (McKeown run).
Tou — SAFETY: Center snap goes beyond end line.
Tou — C. Rincon 51 run (Garcia run).
Tou — Garcia 1 run (run failed).
First downs 7 15
Rushes/yards 33-99 37-326
Passing yards 7 53
Passes (att-comp-int) 17-3-1 5-3-0
Punts 2-34 0-0
Fumbles-lost 9-1 5-1
Penalties-yards 10-65 2-10
RUSHING — St. John-Endicott: Davis 8-43, West 16-22, Newton 2-13, Lundberg 4-30, Selk 2-(-5) Gonzalez 1-(-4); Touchet: Preciado 4-41, Col. McKeown 9-76, E. Martinez 3-81, Goble 3-20, Valasquez 2-9, C. Rincon 7-92, Garcia 6-1, 6-1, Ogden 1-0, Shanks 2-6.
PASSING — St. John-Endicott: Davis 1-6-0, 3 yards; West 2-8-1, 4 yards; Selk 0-2-0; Newton 0-1-0. Touchet: E. Martinez 3-5-0, 53 yards, 1 touchdown.
RECEIVING — St. John-Endicott: West 1-3-0, Davis 1-2-0, Gonzalez 1-2-0; Touchet: Flores 2-32-1, Ochoa 1-21-0.