Coleville rallies to beat Smith Valley
Some early mistakes led to an early 16-0 deficit for the Coleville Wolves during their Western 1A league 8-man football opener against Smith Valley on Saturday afternoon.
With a hometown crowd looking on, however, the Wolves battled back to pull even at halftime and then surged to a 32-22 victory in the rivalry contest.
Sophomore Corbin Randall, who fumbled twice in the first half, showed perseverance in the second half when he caught a 50-yard touchdown pass and ran for another touchdown to help put Coleville (1-0 league, 3-0 overall) on track to win the matchup between unbeaten teams.
The Wolves were hindered by early turnovers, penalties and dropped passes, according to coach Will Sandy.
“Although I was not happy with our sloppy play, I was very happy that the boys stayed positive and found a way to get it done in the second half,” Sandy noted.
Smith Valley (0-1, 2-1) led 8-0 after one quarter and 16-0 in the second, however, the Wolves tied it 16-all before halftime. The first touchdown came on Omar Saldivar’s 55-yard catch and run and then quarterback Andrew Robles scored on an 11-yard run.
Randall caught a 50-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter and later added an 11-yard scoring run in the fourth quarter.
Robles completed 6 of 19 passes for 176 yards and Saldivar caught four passes for 91 yards.
Coleville senior Cody Gottfried rushed for 115 yards on 20 carries, while Randall accounted for 84 yards on the ground and 50 yards on his one pass reception.
Ignacio Estrada-Cota led Coleville defensively with 15 tackles (eight solo, seven assists), while Saldivar had 12 (four solo, eight assists). Seth Humiston and Robles contributed interceptions while Judson Roberts and Lucas Loggins each had a sack.
“The defense continued to play pretty well and really came through in the fourth quarter,” Sandy said.
Smith Valley finished with 171 yards in total offense.
Coleville will face its toughest test to date Friday in a 7 p.m. game against two-time defending league champion Whittell at Zephyr Cove. The game is Whittell’s homecoming.
“We will have our hands full up at Whittell,” Sandy said. “They are still one of the best programs in the state.”