Spartans fall in final home game: What we learned from Collins-Maxwell's 62-50 loss to Dunkerton
The Collins-Maxwell football team gave a great effort, but came up short against Dunkerton in its final game at the old Maxwell Football Field Friday.
The Spartans fell by a score of 62-50. They will spend the rest of the season on the road then come back to a newly-renovated stadium at Maxwell in 2022.
Here is what we learned from the Spartans' loss:
Turnovers proved costly
Collins-Maxwell led 44-40 going into the fourth quater. But mistakes doomed the Spartans down the stretch.
"It was a back-and-forth game for much of the night," Collins-Maxwell head coach Greg Davis said. "We were able to create a two-score lead in the third quarter, but untimely turnovers really cost us."
Collins-Maxwell ended the game with five turnovers.
Passing game was clicking
Jace Huntrods moved back in at quarterback and completed 18 of 30 passes for a season-high 331 yards and six touchdowns.
Caleb Dvorak, Lane Oswalt and Luke Huntrods all had big nights receiving the ball. Dvorak made six catches for 123 yards and three touchdowns, Oswalt six grabs for 115 yards and two scores and Huntrods six for 93 and one touchdown.
"Jace Huntrods threw the ball well and was able to get some nice pockets to sit in from our offensive line," Davis said. "We were able to evenly distribute the ball to Dvorak, Luke Huntrods and Oswalt with six receptions a piece for some nice chunks for yards."
Sampson runs hard
Collins-Maxwell totaled 529 yards after adding 198 on the ground.
Sophomore Brody Sampson carried most of the load on the ground Friday. He ran for 124 yards on 23 carries.
"Brody Sampson ran the ball hard and was a workhorse on the ground for us," Davis said.
Defense needs more consistency
Collins-Maxwell gave up 423 yards on just 49 plays. The Spartans also forced just one turnover.
But for the first three quarters Collins-Maxwell was solid. The Spartans just need to do it for a full 48 minutes.
Blake Huntrods had eight tackles and a fumble recovery for Collins-Maxwell. Dvorak tacked on 7.5 stops, Kayden McKinney seven, Sampson 6.5 and Luke Huntrods six.
First road test coming up Friday
Collins-Maxwell (1-4, 0-3) goes on the road the next four weeks to close out the season. The Spartans travel to Colo this Friday to take Colo-NESCO (1-4, 1-2) in an 8-player District 4 matchup.
"We are still showing improvement in many areas of our game from week to week," Davis said. "We will look to continue improving and cleaning up self-inflicted mistakes for the second half of the season."
Dunkerton 62, Collins-Maxwell 50
D 20 6 14 22 — 50
CM 16 14 14 6 — 62
Rushing: D — Kaden Behrens 17-221. CM — Brody Sampson 23-124.
Passing: D — Dylan Marquart 7-12-0-116. CM — Jace Huntrods 18-30-2-331.
Receiving: D — Dalton Weepie 3-89. CM — Caleb Dvorak 6-123.
Tackles: D — Oliver Fettkether 17.5. CM — Blake Huntrords 8.
Fumble recoveries: D — Behrens 2. CM — B. Huntrods 1.
Interceptions: D — Fettkether, Noah Fuelling.