TOUCHET — Thursday evening’s storm left the scoreboard at Touchet’s football field dark as the Indians prepared to kick off the season against Odessa-Harrington Friday afternoon.
That turned out to be good news for the Titans, they didn’t have to look up at the scoreboard showing them trailing Touchet 40-6 at halftime.
And while the final score was a more respectable 46-28, the Indians’ opening two quarters showed O-H just what they could do on both offense and defense.
“The kids came out and executed like we’ve been working on the last two weeks,” Touchet coach Gary Dorman said. “(We have) lots to work on yet, but for the first game I thought they responded pretty well.”
The Indians defense forced a quick Titans three-and-out, and the offense then marched down the field on a drive capped by Touchet quarterback Elias Martinez hitting Cesar Velasquez from seven yards out to take an 8-0 lead four minutes into the game.
The Titans’ only show of offense in the first half came on the next play, as O-H QB Sam Schafer broke up the middle on the first play after kickoff for a 71-yard score.
But Touchet didn’t allow the 2-point conversion run.
The Indians’ rout then began.
Martinez found Edgar Rincon for a 15-yard touchdown reception; Colter McKeown scampered in from 30 yards out; Rincon took a pitch for four yards; and Colton Goble took it in from the 11, and Touchet’s 40-6 halftime score was tallied.
The Indians forced five three-and-outs in the first half, with their only lowlight a fumble lost on a pitch that stalled another drive at the O-H 3.
“Everybody pretty much took care of their responsibilities, and that’s kind of what we’re trying to base the season on,” Dorman said. “Do your job, do it right, and they seem to do it pretty well.
“On our offense we’ve six new starters, so they’re going to have work off the rust and work things a little smoother,” he said. “It’s always nice to go against someone else than your teammates, it’s fun to get into a game. It’s a whole lot nicer hitting someone you don’t know.”
The second half saw the Indians’ backups get time on the gridiron, and the Titans’ first string took advantage with two unanswered scores to pull within 40-20.
Martinez re-entered and ran it in from 21 yards out, and Titans QB Schafer connected with Carsen Weber for a 68-yard score in the final minute.
“Everybody played, a lot,” Dorman said. “I was pleased with the offensive line and how they blocked. We’ve got new kids in there, and they’re doing a pretty good job. Ivan (Hernandez), Tim (Weber) and Casey (Sewell) — they did a good job (on the line).
“Connor McKeown did an outstanding job for us,” he said. “He had some beautiful catches for us, and he held his ground on blocking.”
Connor McKeown led Touchet’s runners with 64 yards on just four carries.
Martinez was 3-of-6 passing for 47 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 63 yards and another TD.
“Elias is just going to get better,” Dorman said.
Touchet now heads to Ione Friday for the first of four road games. The Indians next return for homecoming Oct. 11 against Colton.
Touchet 46, Odessa-Harrington 28
O-H 6 0 8 14 — 28
Touchet 24 16 0 6 — 46
Tou — Velasquez 7 pass from Martinez (Martinez run).
O-H — Schafer 71 run (run failed).
Tou — E. Rincon 15 pass from Martinez (E. Rincon run).
Tou — Col. McKeown 30 run (pass conversion).
Tou — E. Rincon 4 run (pass conversion).
Tou — Goble 11 run (Goble run).
O-H — Dennison 2 run (Schafer run).
O-H — Schafer 9 run (run failed).
Tou — Martinez 21 run (run failed).
O-H — Weber 68 pass from Schafer (Schafer run).
First downs 9 18
Rushes/yards 38-122 58-338
Passing yards 146 47
Passes (att-comp-int) 13-7-0 6-3-1
Punts 5-31 0-0
Fumbles-lost 3-0 3-1
Penalties-yards 3-14.5 3-25
RUSHING — O-H: Schafer 26-88, Braun 5-17, Dennison 7-17; Tou: Col. McKeown 4-64, Martinez 10-63, Goble 11-60, E. Rincon 12-51, L. Garcia 7-33, Butler 2-31, Velasquez 4-20, Kates 5-11, C. Rincon 3-5.
PASSING — O-H: Schafer 7-13-0, 146 yards, 1 TD; Tou: Martinez 3-6-1, 47 yards, 2 TDs.
RECEIVING — O-H: Weber 4-100, Braun 3-46; Tou: Butler 1-25, E. Rincon 1-15, Velasquez 1-7.