ALBIA – For three quarters the Collins-Maxwell-Baxter gave No. 4 Albia a good fight in a Class 2A District 6 outing Friday in Albia.
The Raiders held the Blue Demons to just one touchdown in each of the first three quarters to keep within striking distance going into the final period. But too many turnovers ended up biting the Raiders as the Blue Demons put three touchdowns on the board in the final 12 minutes to hand CMB a 42-6 setback.
"We really played pretty well for three quarters," CMB head coach Rob Luther said. "Turnovers killed us. We were minus-6 in turnovers and you can’t beat very many teams doing that, let alone a top-5 team."
CMB nearly went into the locker room at halftime tied with the unbeaten Blue Demons.
In the first quarter Alex Schultz ran one into the end zone from nine yards out for Albia. But CMB answered just before the end of the quarter when quarterback Zach Samson capped a Raider drive with a 2-yard touchdown run.
The Raiders went for two on the ensuing extra-point, but came up short.
Albia upped its lead to 14-6 early in the second quarter on a 23-yard touchdown pass from Brett Leshen to Zach Hugen. But the CMB defense held tough the rest of the quarter and the Raiders were driving for a potential tying touchdown at the end of the half when Samson was intercepted.
A 19-yard Schultz run gave Albia a 21-6 cushion with nine minutes, 51 seconds left in the third quarter. But CMB kept the Blue Demons off the board the rest of the quarter to stay in the game.
But everything unraveled for the Raiders in fourth quarter.
Leshen hit Matt Baker for a big 52-yard touchdown pass 46 seconds into the fourth quarter, and three minutes later, Schultz found the end zone for the fourth time, scoring on a 3-yard run to give Albia a commanding 35-6. A 9-yard Christian Powless touchdown run slammed the door on CMB with 3:50 left in the fourth.
"I hope our kids understand two things," Luther said. "We are good enough to play with any team we line up against, and we can’t make mistakes against teams as well-coached and disciplined as Albia if we hope to give ourselves a chance to win."
For the game CMB totaled 317 yards, 183 of which came in the first half. Albia finished with 418 yards of offense, 301 coming on the ground.
Samson completed 17 of 32 passes for 212 yards, but he was intercepted five times. He was also the Raiders’ leading rusher with 79 yards on 17 carries.
Austin Moorman caught seven passes for 93 yards, Brady Stover made six grabs for 81 yards and Bryce Kemp caught three balls for 29 as the top CMB receivers. Gabe Schabillion added 15 yards rushing on five carries for the Raiders, who fell to 3-4 overall and 1-3 in 2A District 6.
"The good news is we still control our destiny as far as the postseason goes," Luther said. "We win the next two and we are in (the playoffs) most likely. We have a great group of kids right now and I am confident we will play our best football down the stretch."
CMB will host Clarke (1-7, 0-4) this Friday on senior night in Maxwell. The game is set to start at 7:30 p.m.
Albia improved to 7-0 and 5-0 respectively. Schultz ran for 207 yards on 28 carries, Leshen completed 5 of 9 passes for 117 yards and ran for 47, Baker had two receptions for 65 yards and Hugen caught three for 52 against the Raiders.
Albia 42, CMB 6
CMB 6 0 0 0 – 6
A 7 7 7 21 – 42
A – Alex Schultz 9 run (Justin Bossard kick), 7:45
CMB – Zach Samson 2 run (run failed), 0:35
A – Zach Hugen 23 pass from Brett Leshen (Bossard kick), 8:55
A – Schultz 19 run (Bossard kick), 9:51
A – Matt Baker 52 pass from Leshen (Bossard kick), 11:14
A – Schultz 3 run (Bossard kick), 8:22
A – Christian Powless 9 run (Bossard kick), 3:50
Team statistics CMB A
Rushes-yards 24-105 46-301
Passing 17-32-5 5-9-0
Passing yards 212 117
Total yards 317 418
Fumbles lost 1 0
Rushing: CMB – Zach Samson 17-79, Gabe Schabillion 5-15, Brady Stover 2-11. A – Alex Schultz 28-207, Brett Leshen 10-47, Matt Baker 5-29, Christian Powless 3-18.
Passing: CMB – Samson 17-32-5-212. A – Leshen 5-9-0-117.
Receiving: CMB – Austin Moorman 7-93, Brady Stover 6-81, Bryce Kemp 3-29, Hunter Gunderson 1-9. A – Matt Baker 2-65, Zach Hugen 3-52.