Dutch Fork coach Tom Knotts points to a boy playing on the field as the potential future of his program. It’s Matt Colburn’s little brother, and if he’s anything like Matt, then Knotts is set.
“We’ve got Colburn running backs,” Knotts says. “I’ll probably be dead or they’ll outlaw football by then, but there they are, my future.”
With the prolific duo of Colburn and quarterback Derek Olenchuk, Dutch Fork’s offense looked unstoppable Friday night in a 63-28 rout of Rock Hill.
Colburn’s 165 rushing yards and 97 passing yards by halftime put the Silver Foxes out of the Bearcats’ reach in a stepping-stone game for a team looking to return to the state championship.
“Colburn surprises me every time he touches the ball,” Olenchuk said. “Every time he’s got the ball in his hands, he’s electric, and the kid’s incredible. For him to be a junior and to be putting up the numbers he has is absolutely amazing.”
But it was Olenchuk’s four touchdowns in the second quarter that separated the Silver Foxes. With one incompletion at the half, he connected with Austin Ruger on the first three drives of the second quarter, the second score making Olenchuk Dutch Fork’s all-time leader in completions. He finished with 327 passing yards and five touchdowns on a turnover-free offense.
“It’s just amazing what we all can do,” Colburn said. “I feel like we can do anything.” Rock Hill was in position to score at the Dutch Fork 26-yard line on its second drive of the second quarter, but an interception by Walter Roberson gave the ball back to the Silver Foxes. The Bearcats did get one score with a little more than a minute left in the half, but left enough time for Dutch Fork.
As time expired, Olenchuk connected with Colburn on a 66-yard screen pass, and the 42-14 halftime lead was too much for the Bearcats to overcome.
“We were beat in all three phases of the game,” Rock Hill coach Joe Montgomery said. “We got beat by a better football team.”