Northeast A League pre-season favorite Freeman held off Colville 14-7 last Friday night in the non-league season-opener for both teams.
Despite struggling on offense and putting up some of the lowest rushing totals in many years, the Indians came close to pulling this one out or getting it into overtime in the game’s final seconds.
But the late comeback ended inside the final minute of play when Freeman recovered a fumble after a CHS pass completion at the Indians’ 40-yard-line.
“Those were two evenly matched teams,” conceded CHS head coach Randy Cornwell, whose Indians always seem to wind up in a closely contested game with their former Northeast A League rivals. “It has developed into a good rivalry.”
The blocking and tackling left something to be desired
Colville was certainly competitive all night long, but Cornwell wasn’t very happy with two football basics—blocking and tackling. The veteran coach didn’t think the Indians did a very good job in either department.
“I thought that their defensive ends whipped us and I thought we were pretty poor with our blocking and tackling…those are the two most important (football) fundamentals and we were weak in both areas.”
The statistics certainly bore out Cornwell’s critique about blocking and tackling, or the notable lack.
While Colville’s defense turned in a good enough statistical line to win most games (Freeman rushed for 105 yards and passed for only 44), Colville’s bread and butter ground game was pretty much non-existent. The Indians rushed for a paltry 59 yards. Junior quarterback Ben Knight was seven of 13 through the air for 114 yards.
It’s simple: when Colville is ineffective on the ground, the Indians usually lose.
“That’s one of the lowest rushing totals we’ve had,” Cornwell said ruefully. “It’s close to an all-time low.
“You can guess what we’re going to be working hard on this week.”
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