BUSSEY - Collins-Maxwell created all kinds of havoc on defense in a 72-20 victory over Twin Cedars Friday.
The Spartans forced a school-record nine turnovers and also had good balance on offense with 205 yards passing and 165 rushing.
“Our defense played lights out after the first quarter,” Collins-Maxwell head coach Cory Crnkovich said. “We had guys flying around making plays. Offensively we struggled in the first quarter running the ball. Then our offense was clicking after the first quarter. Those turnovers turned into points for us!”
Collins-Maxwell led 16-12 early in the second quarter. Then the Spartans ripped off 60 unanswered points.
Collins-Maxwell put up 30 points in the second quarter to take a 46-12 lead at the half. Kadin Bennett had two touchdown runs and passes apiece in the second quarter and Brett Livesay and Simon McKinney each caught a long touchdown pass.
In the third quarter Bennett added two more touchdown runs and he threw a touchdown pass to Mason Markley to start the fourth quarter.
“Our offense was clicking after the first quarter,” Crnkovich said. “Our line did a good job controlling the line of scrimmage for us.”
Bennett threw for 200 yards and ran for 133. He accounted for seven touchdowns.
Livesay, the state leader in receiving yards, made 10 receptions for 143 yards and two scores. Hunter Clair chipped in 36 yards rushing.
On defense Livesay was a monster with three interceptions for the second game in a row. Austin Snoody returned an interception 20 yards for Collins-Maxwell’s final touchdown of the game.
“That kid has never played football and decided to go out this year,” Crnkovich said of Snoody. “He’s grown so much over the course of the season. I’m glad he got rewarded!”
Clair and Luke Huntrods each picked off a pass, Simon McKinney recovered two fumbles and Kayden McKinney added one fumble recovery.
Huntrods also made 10 tackles, Simon McKinney seven, Bennett and Snoody 3.5 apiece and John Kasper three. Rylee Scott added 3.5 tackles and two stops behind the line.
The Spartans improved to 4-4 on the season and 4-2 in 8-man District 5. Twin Cedars fell to 1-8 overall and 0-6 in the district.
Collins-Maxwell wraps up the season this week at home against Melcher-Dallas (2-6, 1-5).
“Hopefully we get some guys back from our injury list,” Crnkovich said. “Last week of the season and our guys are focused on the end goal - finishing 6-4!”
The Spartans game with Melcher-Dallas will start at 7 p.m. Friday in Maxwell.
Collins-Maxwell 72, Twin Cedars 20
CM 16 30 12 14 - 72
TC 6 6 0 8 - 20
CM - Brett Livesay 30 pass from Kadin Bennett (Bennett run), 10:13.
TC - Hunter McCombs 53 pass from Dallas Clark (2-point conversion failed), 5:23.
CM - Rylee Scott 1 run (Bennett run), 1:04.
TC - Levi Messmaker 1 run (2-point conversion failed), 9:02.
CM - Bennet 14 run (Livesay pass from Bennett), 3:28.
CM - Simon McKinney 29 pass from Bennett (Mason Markley run), 2:30.
CM - Livesay 45 pass from Bennett (Hunter Clair run), 2:10.
CM - Bennett 22 punt return (run failed), 1:38.
CM - Bennett 24 run (2-point conversion failed), 9:21.
CM - Bennett 5 run (2-point conversion failed), 4:38.
CM - Markley 10 pass from Bennett (Markley run), 11:51.
CM - Austin Snoody 20 interception return (2-point conversion failed), 11:02.
TC - Kade Dunkin 42 pass from Brayden DenBurger (Austin Test run), 3:08.
Individual statistics - Collins-Maxwell
Rushing: Kadin Bennett 10-133, Hunter Clair 9-36, Rylee Scott 2-6, Clayton Leslie 4-(-8), Mason Markley 1-(-2).
Passing: Bennett 15-21-2-200, Markley 1-3-0-5, John Kasper 0-1-0-0.
Receiving: Brett Livesay 10-143, Simon McKinney 1-29, Blake Huntrods 2-15, Markley 1-10, Luke Huntrods 1-10, Hunter Clair 1-(-2).
Tackles: L. Huntrods 10, McKinney 7, Bennett 3.5, Scott 3.5, Austin Snoody 3.5, Kasper 3.
Fumble recoveries: McKinney 2, Kayden McKinney.
Interceptions: Livesay 3, Clair, L. Huntrods, Snoody.