Blythewood couldn’t find an answer for Matt Colburn, or any other Dutch Fork player Friday night at Dutch Fork Stadium.
The running back for the defending 4A state champion Silver Foxes finished the first half with 138 yards and five touchdowns on 17 carries as they routed the Region 4-4A opponent Bengals, 56-14, with a running clock in the second half.
“I didn’t think it would be like that,” Dutch Fork coach Tom Knotts said. “Blythewood’s got a shrine bowl player (linebacker Hassan Belton) and a great quarterback (David Isreal), but we were just sharp tonight.”
Colburn, in his first game in two weeks after suffering a high-ankle sprain, also caught two passes for 36 yards. His night was done by intermission.
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“Without him, we struggled a little bit, we’ve learned a little bit,” Knotts said. “When he comes back in, we’ve corrected those mistakes we made so we’re that much better.”
The Dutch Fork defense limited Blythewood (3-4, 1-1) to 88 yards and five first downs in the first half. The Silver Foxes (6-2, 2-0) also tallied three interceptions.
“The hardest thing to do is to prepare for a team that’s bigger and physically stronger,” Blythewood coach Dan Morgan said. “They’re a great ball club, but we still didn’t play nearly what we could have played. We just laid down and handed the game to them. That’s just disappointing.”
Blythewood’s only offensive highlight came when they were down 35-0 midway through the second quarter. Osei Thomas broke free for a 37-yard gain, falling 1 yard short of the end zone. He scored the Bengals’ only touchdown of the half on the next play.
Colburn loaded the Silver Foxes’ opening drive with runs, powering the six-play, 69-yard possession with five runs, including a 10-yarder that was the game’s opening score.
He scored again on an 8-yard rush three minutes later. After Tate Fant’s 37-yard TD strike to Collin James, Colburn scored touchdowns from 1, 13, and 25 yards.
The Bengals closed out the scoring with David Isreal’s 33-yard pass to Trae Churn with 1:22 left. Isreal ran for the 2-point conversion.
“I know we’re young, but we have got to get a lot better,” Morgan said. “A lot of our young guys got scared out there, but we’ve got to move beyond that.”
D – Matt Colburn 10 run (Tyler Bass kick) 9:49
D – Colburn 8 run (Bass kick) 6:03
D – Collin James 37 pass from Tate Fant (Bass kick) 3:13
D – Colburn 1 run (Bass kick) 9:22
D – Colburn 13 run (Bass kick) 8:09
B – Osei Thomas 1 run (kick blocked)
D – Colburn 25 run (Bass kick) 3:53
D – Harmon Jordan 6 run (Bass kick) 2:19
D – Douglas Cole 14 run (Bass kick) 6:02
B – Trae Churn 33 pass from David Isreal (Isreal run) 1:41
RUSHING: Blythewood, Thomas 13-64, Isreal 10-49. Dutch Fork, Colburn 17-138, Douglas 5-74, Fant 4-38, Harmon 8-29.
PASSING: Blythewood, Isreal 14-4-3. Dutch Fork, Fant 17-11-0.
RECEIVING: Blythewood, Churn 1-33, Thomas 1-3, Richardson 1-5, Jenkins 1-3. Dutch Fork, DeBoer 4-21, Connor 3-64, Colburn 2-36, James 1-37.