MAXWELL - The scoreboard didn’t show it, but Friday night in Maxwell was a cause for celebration when Collins-Maxwell took on Moravia in 8-man football to open the season.
Collins-Maxwell was overwhelmed by a talented Mohawk squad by a 70-0 score. But Spartan head football coach Cory Crnkovich was thrilled with the support of the community as his team begins to build a new tradition after ending its sports sharing agreement with Baxter at the end of the 2016-17 athletic year.
“Oh my gosh, there were a million people out here,” Crnkovich said. “For the first game I knew there were going to be some people here, but there were a lot of people for this community. I can’t thank them enough. The whole student section was cheering the whole game pretty much. I can’t thank them enough and I know the guys appreciate it.”
Moravia (2-0) led 24-0 after one quarter and 40-0 at the half. The Mohawks put up two more touchdowns in each of the final two quarters.
Tucker Babbitt ran for 150 yards and three touchdowns — all three scores coming in the first quarter — to lead Moravia. Nick Martin, Hunter Arbogast and Brett Cormeny each accounted for two Mohawk touchdowns.
Collins-Maxwell struggled to get things going up front on both sides of the ball. Moravia had eight sacks and the Spartans allowed 325 yards rushing.
“There was too much penetration on the line,” Crnkovich said. “That’s got to get fixed right away.”
Despite facing constant pressure, sophomore quarterback Simon McKinney completed 5 of 12 passes for 28 yards for Collins-Maxwell in the loss.
“Simon McKinney took a lot of shots at QB — he has a lot of heart,” Crnkovich said. “If there’s one kid on this team that’s going to be a leader, it’s going to be Simon (after) taking that many shots.”
Michael Hartgers ran for 14 yards and Brett Livesay made three receptions for 16 yards for the Spartans.
On defense, Rylee Scott made six tackles, Hartgers 3.5 and Livesay and Cody Haugen three apiece.
Even with the lopsided loss to start his first season at Collins-Maxwell, Crnkovich is optimistic about the future of his program following the opener.
“We’ll turn this around,” Crnkovich said. “If we’re all in this together, I know we’ll turn it around.”
Up next for Collins-Maxwell is another home game. The Spartans will host Clarinda Academy next Friday at 7 p.m. in Maxwell.
Moravia 70, Collins-Maxwell 0
M 24 16 16 14 - 70
CM 0 0 0 0 - 0
M - Tucker Babbitt 20 run (Nick Martin run), 9:30.
M - Babbitt 65 run (Martin run), 5:30.
M - Babbitt 44 run (Babbitt run), 2:20.
M - Griffin Cosgrove 11 pass from Hunter Arbogast (Arbogast run), 10:59.
M - Arbogast 4 run (Martin run), 5:11.
M - Martin 15 run (R.J. Hamilton run), 4:54.
M - Martin 17 run (Arbogast run), 0:18.
M - Brett Cormeny 32 run (run failed), 8:25.
M - Cormeny 2 run (Tyler Fowler pass from Bryce Kaster), 1:45.
Team statistics M C-M
Rushes-yards 29-325 26-(-7)
Passing 4-9-0 5-12-1
Passing yards 37 28
Total yards 362 21
Fumbles lost 0 0
Punts-average 1-36.0 6-24.8
Rushing: M - Tucker Babbitt 6-150, Nick Martin 7-63, Brett Cormeny 6-62, Hunter Arbogast 7-44, R.J. Hamilton 2-6, Zach Knapp 1-0. CM - Michael Hartgers 2-14, Rylee Scott 5-7, Kadin Bennett 5-5, Jordan Barrett 1-4, Hunter Clair 2-(-2), Simon McKinney 11-(-35).
Passing: M - Arbogast 3-8-0-34, Bryce Kaster 1-1-0-3. CM - McKinney 5-12-1-28.
Receiving: M - Babitt 1-20, Griffin Cosgrove 1-11, Martin 1-3, Tyler Fowler 1-3. CM - Brett Livesay 3-16, Bennett 1-9, Barrett 1-3.
Tackles: M - Cole Ballenger 7.5, Allen Parlier 6, Cosgrove 5.5, Babbitt 4. CM - Scott 6, Hartgers 3.5, Cody Haugen 3, Livesay 3.
Sacks: M - Cosgrove 3.5, Ballenger 1, Parlier 1, Warren McLeod 1, Logan Arter 0.5, Keaton Casteel 0.5, Kaden Whitlow 0.5.
Interceptions: M - Parlier.