ST. JOHN — After suffering its first loss of the season last week, the Touchet football team responded in a big way against St. John-Endicott here Friday.
Touchet (5-1, 1-1) racked up 438 yards of offense as the Indians trounced the Eagles, 58-6.
Colter McKeown found the end zone three times as the Indians got their first Southeast 1B Conference victory.
The win was especially sweet after losing to Liberty Christian a week ago, head coach Gary Dorman said.
“I was really pleased with how our kids responded to that after a loss last week against Liberty Christian,” Dorman said. “We didn’t go into a pout or anything like that. The kids responded with a solid offensive and defensive game.”
McKeown finished with 57 rushing yards and two touchdowns on the ground, as well as two catches for 47 yards and a receiving touchdown.
He was also thrust into the defensive rotation when linebacker Ruben Butler left the game with an injury.
Dorman said McKeown racked up 16 tackles and credited his junior for a well-rounded game.
“Colter’s got great speed,” Dorman said. “He’s got breakaway speed and he’s got pretty good size. He’s got good moves as far as being able to cut on a dime and reads the hole real well so he can make those cuts.”
Touchet grabbed the lead early, as Butler started the game with a 30-yard touchdown reception from quarterback Elias Martinez.
Martinez then added a score of his own, as he ran it in from 17 yards out.
St. John-Endicott responded with a 76-yard scamper by quarterback Wade West, which would be the only time the Eagles found pay dirt.
Outside of the long touchdown run, the Indians held St. John-Endicott in check for most of the game. Dorman credited his defense for forcing turnovers, as the Indians came away with two interceptions and a fumble recovery.
“Anytime you can get an interception, it’s such a momentum changer,” Dorman said. “It’s just so much more exciting than a three-and-out or stopping them on a long fourth down. It creates enthusiasm and sets you up for a bigger offensive play.”
Edgar Rincon turned one of the interceptions into instant offense, as he took a pick 30 yards to the house late in the game.
Dorman said Rincon also racked up 12 tackles on defense.
Martinez led the Indians with 109 passing yards and 92 rushing yards. He found the endzone five times — twice on the ground and three times through the air.
Touchet will be at home for the first time since Sept. 6, as the Indians host Colton Friday.
Touchet 58, St. John-Endicott 6
Touchet 20 22 0 16 — 58
SJ-E 6 0 0 0 — 6
Tou — Butler 30 pass from Martinez (2-pt run failed)
Tou — Martinez 17 run (2-pt pass failed)
SJ — West 76 run (2-pt pass failed)
Tou — McKeown 19 run (Velasquez 2-pt pass from Martinez)
Tou — Rincon 32 pass from Martinez (Martinez 2-pt run)
Tou — McKeown 1 run (McKeown 2-pt run)
Tou — Rincon 30 interception return (2-pt run failed)
Tou — McKeown 55 pass from Martinez (McKeown 2-pt pass from Martinez)
Tou — Martinez 25 run (Rincon 2-pt run)
First Downs 9 18
Rushes-yards 35-159 38-299
Passing yards 45 139
Passes (Att-Comp-Int) 17-6-2 15-5-0
Punts 2-60 0
Fumbles-lost 1-1 1-0
Penalties-yards 4-16 4-30
RUSHING — SJ: Gering 7-6, Selk 2-2, West 19-106-1, Blakely 6-46, Team 1(-1); Tou: McKeown 8-57-2, Rincon 8-24, Goble 7-60, Martinez 6-92-2, Velasquez 6-55, Butler 1-11, Shanks 2-0.
PASSING — SJ: West 6-17-2 45 yards. Tou: Martinez 4-14-0, 109 yards, 3 TDs; McKeown 1-1-0 30 yards
RECEIVING — SJ: Gonzales 3-22, Smith 2-17, Selk 1-7. Tou: McKeown 2-47-1, Rincon 1-32-1, Butler 1-30-1, Martinez 1-30.