BAXTER – Dominance on the ground and three great quarters of defense enabled the Collins-Maxwell-Baxter football team to roll past I-35 by a 56-20 score Friday in Baxter.
CMB rushed for a season-high 349 yards against the Roadrunners. The Raiders also held I-35 to 271 total yards and forced three turnovers to pick up their second-straight lopsided win and improve to 3-3 overall and 1-2 in Class 2A District 6.
"This was a good win for us to keep us heading in the right direction," CMB head coach Rob Luther said. "Our offense had a good night and we had a rough second quarter defensively, but played really well the other three."
CMB jumped out to a 14-0 lead as Zach Samson and Gabe Schabillion had 4 and 7-yard touchdown runs respectively. Then I-35 got hot in the second quarter to prevent the Raiders from pulling away.
Samson connected with Bryce Kemp on a 26-yard touchdown pass and Schabillion added 12-yard scoring run for CMB in the second quarter. But I-35 put three touchdowns on the board in the period as Roadrunner quarterback Briar Vogel connected on two touchdown passes to Jaylan White, and Alex Middelton added a 7-yard touchdown run.
Leading 28-20 at the half, CMB made some key adjustments defensively and the Raider offense began to wear the Roadrunners down.
Samson capped off a scoring drive with a 1-yard touchdown run in the third quarter to push CMB’s lead to 35-20.
The Raiders then broke the game open in the fourth period. Samson threw a 15-yard touchdown pass to Austin Moorman and ran one in from 15 yards and Schabillion iced the game with a 39-yard touchdown scamper.
The Raider offense totaled 494 yards on the night. Samson ran 21 times for 161 yards and three scores and he also completed 12 of 23 passes for 145 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions.
Schabillion had the best game of his young varsity career. Stepping in for injured starter Zach Huffaker a couple weeks ago, Schabillion was able to gash the I-35 defense for 162 yards and three touchdowns on 19 carries.
"It was nice to see Gabe have a breakout game running the ball," Luther said. "The offensive line did a great job giving him some nice holes."
Moorman caught six passes for 73 yards and he also ran twice for 12 yards. Kemp made four catches for 46 yards and added one run for 14, Jordan Coughenour caught a 19-yard pass and Brady Stover added a 7-yard reception for CMB.
On defense CMB limited I-35 to 271 yards and forced three Roadrunner turnovers. After the disappointing second quarter, the Raiders were very impressive in the second half, limiting I-35 to 56 total yards and pitching a shutout over the final two quarters.
Logan Cory had a big game with eight tackles, one tackle for loss, a fumble recovery and an interception he returned for 32 yards.
"Logan had a big game," Luther said. "He had a huge pick to start the second half and also recovered a fumble and blocked a PAT. Our linebacker play with Logan and Clayton (Weltha) inside is improving each week."
Weltha led CMB in tackles with 10. Austin O’Connor totaled seven stops, Nick Littell had six and Samson, Kemp and Hunter Gunderson each totaled five.
Moorman intercepted a pass and returned it 50 yards for the Raiders on defense.
I-35 fell to 0-6 overall and 0-4 in the district with the loss.
Vogel completed 10 of 22 passes for 124 yards with two touchdowns and interceptions apiece and he also ran for 39 yards. White caught four passes for 47 yards, Zach Goering made three grabs for 55 yards and Middelton picked up 89 yards rushing on 21 carries for the Roadrunners.
Up next for CMB will be its toughest test of the season. The Raiders travel to Albia to take on an unbeaten Blue Demon squad (6-0, 4-0) that is ranked No. 4 in 2A.
"This week will be a big benchmark for us," Luther said. "Albia will be the best team on our schedule. We will find out in a hurry how much we have improved. They are solid in all three aspects, have incredible team speed and our very physical. We are excited about the challenge and opportunity."
The Comet-Blue Demon game is this Friday at 7:30 p.m.
CMB 56, I-35 20
I-35 0 20 0 0 – 20
CMB 14 14 7 21 – 56
CMB – Zach Samson 4 run (Joey Nissen kick)
CMB – Gabe Schabillion 7 run (Nissen kick)
I-35 – Jaylan White 7 pass from Briar Vogel (kick failed)
CMB – Bryce Kemp 26 pass from Samson (Nissen kick)
I-35 – Alex Middelton 7 run (pass failed)
CMB – Schabillion 12 run (Nissen kick)
I-35 – White 23 pass from Vogel (White pass from Vogel)
CMB – Samson 1 run (Nissen kick)
CMB – Austin Moorman 15 pass from Samson (Nissen kick)
CMB – Samson 14 run (Nissen kick)
CMB – Schabillion 39 run (Nissen kick)
Team statistics I-35 CMB
Rushes-yards 40-147 43-349
Passing 10-22-2 12-23-0
Passing yards 124 145
Total yards 271 494
Fumbles lost 1 1
Punts-average 4-38.5 1-30.0
Rushing: I-35 – Alex Middelton 21-89, Briar Vogel 10-39, Zachery Irelan 7-19, Jaylan White 2-0. CMB – Gabe Schabillion 19-162, Zach Samson 21-161, Bryce Kemp 1-14, Austin Moorman 2-12.
Passing: I-35 – Vogel 10-22-2-124. CMB – Samson 12-23-0-145.
Receiving: I-35 – Zach Goering 3-55, White 4-47, Garrett Heckman 2-15, Middelton 1-7. CMB – Moorman 6-73, Kemp 4-46, Jordan Coughenour 1-19, Brady Stover 1-7.
Tackles: CMB – Clayton Weltha 10, Logan Cory 8, Austin O’Connor 7, Nick Littell 6, Kemp 5, Samson 5, Hunter Gunderson 5.
Fumble recoveries: CMB – Cory.
Interceptions: CMB – Moorman, Cory.