Coleville up front in win over Excel
This one was decided in the trenches, if you ask Coleville High football coach Will Sandy.
Sophomore quarterback Andrew Robles took advantage of good support from his offensive line to throw three touchdown passes plus he ran for another score on Saturday to help Coleville break into the win column with a 40-13 Western Division IV 8-man football romp against Excel Christian in Sparks.
Coleville (1-7 overall, 1-5 league) took control of the game on both sides of the ball in the second half to break open a close struggle against Excel Christian (3-5, 2-4).
“I was very proud of our team and very excited to see them finally be rewarded for their hard work,” Sandy said. “We won the game in the trenches and our line deserves much of the credit for our success on both sides of the ball.”
Robles threw scoring passes of 3 yards to Kelly Vannoy, 12 yards to Eric Hubbard and 33 yards to Ryan Staats. The touchdowns by Vannoy and Hubbard staked the Wolves to their 16-7 halftime lead.
Meanwhile, Coleville’s defense limited Excel Christian to 143 yards in total offense. Jake Haring, who rushed for 464 yards and eight touchdowns two weeks before against Smith Valley, only had 34 yards on nine carries.
“We knew going into the game that we had to stop Jake Haring before he got rolling because he is tough to stop in the open field,” Sandy said, adding that the Wolves used a variety of defensive looks to try and confuse the Warriors.
Cody Gottfried led the charge with 14 tackles (seven solo) with two quarterback sacks and one forced fumble. Staats had a hand in 12 tackles (10 assists) and Omar Saldivar 11 tackles (10 assists). Staats, Hubbard and Vannoy had fumble recoveries for Coleville.
Gottfried, a 5-foot-10, 180-pound junior, has come on strong to play a key role defensively for the Wolves in their last three games.
“Cody Gottried’s development has been a huge key to the improvement of our defense,” Sandy said. “We are more physical in the middle with him at middle linebacker and we have been able to move Eric Hubbard back outside were he is more comfortable.”
On the offensive side of the ball, Hubbard rushed for 109 yards on 23 carries while Gottfried ran for 50 yards on 10 carries and scored his first touchdown of the season. Freshman Corbin Randall also rushed for 26 yards on three carries and scored his first touchdown.
Robles completed nine of 18 passes for 99 yards and one interception.
“Andrew continues to improve at quarterback and his receivers are beginning to hang onto the ball allowing us to have some balance on offense,” Sandy noted.
Staats caught two passes for 35 yards, Hubbard added two receptions for 27 yards and Ignacio Estrada-Cota had two receptions for 24 yards.
The Wolves wrap up their season Saturday at home against Sierra Lutheran.