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Reardan will bring solid load to Colfax Friday


October 18, 2018

Colfax football Friday will face a tough foe when they host the Reardan Indians in their last NE-South league home battle. The two teams will collide as the league goes down the chute for the final rounds to determine the top three finishers from the north and the south for the matchups in the crossover rounds.

Reardan will arrive with a 5-2 overall record after they sustained a 10-21 loss to 1-A Omak last week in a non-leaguer.

They own NE-South wins over Lind/Ritzville/Sprague and Asotin, and can be expected to be hunting for a win here Friday in a quest for a 4-0 sweep of the south side and a first-place finish.

Reardan will face Liberty next week in their last league test.

Colfax will host Reardan after sustaining a 7-28 thumping from the Asotin Panthers Friday at Asotin. That leaves the Bulldogs at 2-1 in the NE-South.

Asotin is also 2-1 in the league after being edged early by Reardan.

The only other NE loss sustained by the Indians was a 14-27 bow to Northwest Christian which has dominated the north side.

Colfax Friday at Asotin Friday pegged a 7-7 tie early in the second quarter, but the Bulldog TD on a four-yard run by Cameron Hiatt turned out to be their only score for the game.

Asotin scored twice in the second quarter for a 21-7 edge at the break, and added one more score in the last quarter for the win.

Friday’s league loss at Asotin follows three straight years of Colfax losses to the Panthers in the league crossover action which shut the door on Bulldog playoff chances.

Asotin rolled up 307 yards Friday in a ground machine performance. They finished with 221 yards rushing.

Logan Richardson took the work horse role for the Panthers and booked 172 yards on 19 carries to average over nine yards on each pack for the night. Richardson scored two of the Panther TDs, one on a 45-year gallop in the first quarter, and one on a seven-yard charge with 1:38 left in the first half.

Colfax rolled up 229 yards with 192 booked on passing. The Bulldogs’ ground game finished with a scant 37 yards on 26 carries.

Quarterback Layne Gingerich had another solid performance with a 19-23 mark for passing. Asotin had one interception.

Colfax Coach Mike Morgan said turnovers played a big part in the Friday loss. The Bulldogs turned the ball over five times. One of the key points was near the end of the half when Colfax failed to launch a punt and the Panthers took the ball on a short field and scored for that a 21-7 lead at the half.

Morgan expects Reardan will have another ground pounding offense with their wishbone attack when the game starts Friday. The first assignment for the Bulldogs will be to keep control of the ball.

Colfax Statistics: 229 yards on 49 plays, 19 for 23 passing for 192 yards, 26 for 37 yards rushing, 7 penalties for 80 yards, 3 fumbles, one lost, 1 interception, 21:50 time of possession, 9 first down with 3 rushing, 5 passing, Passing-Layne Gingerich, 19-23 for 192 yards; Rushing: Cameron Hiatt 9-33, Jacob Brown 6-14, Gingerich 9-minus 12; Receiving: Nick Klaveano 7-118, Brown 4-32, Gabe Ahmann 3-20, Mason Miller 3-16, Hiatt 2-6; Tackles: Augie Allenbach 8 with 3 solo, Ahmann 6 all solo, Caden Noha 5.5 with 2, Dakota Hall 4.5 with 3, Hiatt 3.5 with 3, Miller 3 with 2.

Asotin Statistics: 54 plays for 304 yards, 13-20 passing for 86 yards, 34-221 yards rushing, 2 penalties for 20 yards, 2 fumbles-both lost, 26:10 time of possession, 19 first downs with 12 running, 5 passing, 2 on penalties. Passing: Josh Wilkinson 13-20 for 86 yards. Rushing: Richardson 19-172, Dylan Landrus 10-40, Wilkinson 2-5, Terin Judy 2 minus 1; Receiving: Landrus 5-29, Devin Fry 1-18, Terin Judy 4-16, Keaton Caldwell 1-12; Tackles: Thomas Martin 6 all solo, Richardson 5 with 3 solo, Landrus 5 with 3 solo, Caldwell 4.5 with 4, Jack Gilmore 3 with 2.


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