COON RAPIDS - The Collins-Maxwell football team took a big step forward Friday by getting on the scoreboard for the first time this season in a 63-14 loss to Coon Rapids-Bayard at Coon Rapids.
After the first-year 8-man football program was blanked in its first four games, Collins-Maxwell (0-5) put up two touchdowns in the first quarter against Coon Rapids-Bayard (1-4). The Spartans only trailed by seven after the quarter, but Coon Rapids-Bayard came up with three unanswered touchdowns in the second quarter and continued to pull away in the second half.
“We finally go into the end zone!,” Collins-Maxwell head football coach Cory Crnkovich said. “The first quarter we had guys on offense doing their jobs. We had eight guys doing their job and it led us into the end zone two times.”
Collins-Maxwell’s first touchdown came on a 55-yard touchdown pass from Kadin Bennett to Brock Staudt. The following Spartan drive Bennett hit Staudt on a 45-yard pass, then threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to Jordan Barrett.
Collins-Maxwell couldn’t sustain the success over the final three quarters due to a lack of a ground game. The Spartans finished with minus-24 rushing yards on 15 attempts.
“After the first quarter, our steam ran out,” Crnkovich said. “We had a deflating injury and after that we could not get into the end zone. We were in the red zone a couple times and we turned the ball over.”
Coon Rapids-Bayard hurt Collins-Maxwell on the ground, finishing with 293 rushing yards. Jeffrey Eagle ran for 126 yards and two touchdowns and Peyton Clipperton both ran and threw for a score to lead a deep Crusader attack that saw 10 different players get a run or reception.
“Defensively, we could not tackle,” Crnkovich said. “That’s one aspect we need to work on more.”
The Spartans did create two turnovers with a fumble recovery by Cody Haugen and its first interception of the season from Brett Livesay. Overall, Crnkovich was pleased with the progress his team displayed in a losing effort.
“We keep getting better each week,” Crnkovich said. “Even with all the injuries we have, each week we have guys stepping up. We just have to do that for four quarters. The overall team is headed in the right direction.”
Bennett threw for 218 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions and Staudt finished with two catches for an even 100 yards. Livesay had two catches for 66 yards, Barrett two grabs for 20 yards and Michael Hartgers two catches for 32 yards.
Nash Kennedy had five tackles and a sack and Cody Galbraith 5.5 tackles for Collins-Maxwell on defense. Hunter Clair added 3.5 tackles and a tackle for loss and Haugen 2.5 tackles and a stop behind the line to go along with his fumble recovery.
Up next for Collins-Maxwell is another road game.
The Spartans travel to Glidden this Friday to take on Glidden-Ralston (2-3). The game starts at 7 p.m.
Coon Rapids-Bayard 63, Collins-Maxwell 14
CM 14 0 0 0 - 14
CRB 21 21 14 7 - 63
Team statistics C-M CRB
Rushes-yards 15-(-24) 42-293
Passing 8-30-3 1-6-1
Passing yards 218 60
Total yards 194 353
Fumbles lost 2 1
Punts-average 5-36.4 NA
Rushing: CM - Caleb Fullerton 5-0, Hunter Clair 2-(-2), Kadin Bennett 8-(-22). CRB - Jeffrey Eagle 10-126, Jacob Hoffman 12-46, Trevor Lucht 3-41, Christian Cook 4-34, Peyton Clipperton 6-27, Jared Smouse 2-15, Chance Anderson 3-9, Quentin Culbertson 1-(-1), Alex Duran 1-(-4).
Passing: CM - Bennett 8-30-3-218. CRB - Clipperton 1-6-1-60.
Receiving: CM - Brock Staudt 2-100, Brett Livesay 2-66, Michael Hartgers 2-32, Jordan Barrett 2-20. CRB - Chase Heithoff 1-60.
Tackles: CM - Cody Galbraith 5.5, Nash Kennedy 5, Fullerton 3.5, Clair 3.5, Hartgers 3.5, Barrett 3. CRB - Lane Namanny 9.5, Aaron McAlister 5, Clipperton 4.5, Jacob Peterson 4.
Sacks: CM - Kennedy. CRB - Namanny, McAlister.
Fumble recoveries: CM - Cody Haugen. CRB - Eagle, Namanny.
Interceptions: CM - Livesay. CRB - Heithoff, Peterson, Jalen Rosenbeck.