ROSALIA — Touchet racked up 424 yards on the ground as the Indians (3-0) downed Rosalia, 54-14, here Friday.
Senior Colton Goble led the way, finishing with 134 rushing yards and two touchdowns — including one from 62 yards out.
Perhaps even more impressively, the 5-foot-5 Goble finished with 16 tackles, two sacks and a forced fumble from his spot on the defensive line.
Touchet head coach Gary Dorman said Goble spent as much time in the opposing backfield as Rosalia’s quarterback did.
“Colton just had a phenomenal game last night — offensively and defensively,” Dorman said. “He’s probably our toughest runner. He came up with some real crucial first-down runs for us to sustain drives. He was kind of our workhorse. He was just real big for us last night.”
Quarterback Elias Martinez bolstered the Indians’ rushing attack — recording 122 yards on 10 totes. Martinez found the end zone four times — twice on the ground and twice through the air.
Dorman said the offensive line did a great job of opening holes for Touchet’s runners against a very physical Rosalia defense.
“Elias, he’s so hard to bring down,” Dorman said. “He can take a broken play or read what the defense is giving and change on the run. He’s kind of turned into that passing and running weapon that we hoped he would. He’s meeting and exceeding the expectations right now.”
Rosalia’s lone bright spot, running back Craig Nelson, slashed Touchet’s defense for 175 yards on 21 carries.
Dorman was pleased with his defense, however, as two of Nelson’s carries accounted for 110 of those yards.
Dorman said he wanted to use his team’s speed on defense to slow Nelson down and force the Spartans to throw the ball. The game plan worked well, as Rosalia’s quarterback, Ryan Maley, finished the game 8-of-25 passing with an interception.
“We worked really hard on improving the defense this week,” Dorman said. “We’ve been playing real well, but we had a kid get hurt last week and we had to do some shuffling around a little bit. We’re trying to put speed on the field so we can rush the quarterback, and it seems to be working so far.”
Touchet travels to face defending Class 1B state champion Liberty Christian at 7 p.m. Friday.
With a tough road test looming, Dorman said the Indians must get back to work on Monday to prepare for the Patriots.
“They’re a team built a lot like we are,” Dorman said of Liberty Christian. “They graduated a bunch of seniors (from) last year. They’ve got good speed — they’ve got a couple kids that are just burners. It will be a good game.”
Touchet 54, Rosalia 14
Touchet 20 14 14 6
Rosalia 8 0 6 0
Tou — Martinez 23 run (2-pt run by Martinez good)
Ros — Nelson 3 run (2-pt run by Nelson good)
Tou — Butler 30 pass from Martinez (2-pt run failed)
Tou — Velasquez 13 run (2-pt run failed)
Tou — C. Rincon 2 run (2-pt run failed)
Tou — McKeown 14 pass from Martinez (2-pt run by Velasquez)
Tou — Goble 2 run (2-pt good Martinez to Butler)
Ros — Nelson 65 run (2-pt failed)
Tou — Martinez 28 run (2-pt run failed)
Tou — Goble 62 run (2-pt run failed)
First downs 14 25
Rushes/yards 40-179 50-424
Passing yards 158 62
Passes (att-comp-int) 27-9-1 4-3-0
Punts 1-30 0-0
Fumbles-lost 3-2 2-1
Penalties-yards 16-94 8-67
RUSHING — Ros: Nelson 21-175. Shelton 10-(-7). Maley 8-7. Cody Thornton 1-4. Tou: Goble 15-134. Martinez 10-122. Velasquez 6-65. McKeown 7-44. E. Rincon 9-39. C. Rincon 2-18. Butler 1-2.
PASSING — Ros: Ryan Maley 25-8-1 138 yards. Nelson 1-2 20 yards. Tou: Martinez 3-4 62 yards 2 TDs.
RECEIVING — Shelton 6-114. Nelson 2-23. Thornton 1-21. Tou: Butler 1-30. E. Rincon 1-18. C. McKeown 1-14.