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Collinsville Kahoks Fall to Mattoon 26-20

Kahok James Holten (#4) and Gabe Miller (#25) exchange a handoff in an earlier game against Lincoln. Photo by Holton Photography

By Mark Jurgena, Reporter

Fourteen points. That’s the total amount of points Collinsville football has lost by the last three games.

The final six of those points came in a 26-20 loss on a rain soaked field in Mattoon last Friday.

“I still think these kids are playing to make a change in the program, to set the standard. We haven’t laid down,” said Kahok coach Mike Popovich.

The Kahoks drove 55 yards on the initial drive of the game for a TD.

Freshman QB Kolby Anderson ran a QB sneak for a one yard TD. The drive was highlighted by Gabe Miller. He carried the ball five times for 46 yards. The Wil Martin PAT made it 7-0.

Mattoon came back with a TD and a fake PAT conversion to go up 8-7.

Before the half CHS had two great opportunities to score but couldn’t capitalize.   

With 4:19 to play, Trey Anderson picked off a Green Wave pass at the CHS 49 yard line. On the play, Kahok linebacker Antwan Catchings chased MHS passer Caden Price all over the field right into Donte Williams who hit him just after the throw.

After a Kahok turnover, the defense again created a turnover.

On 2nd and 11 Nick Becker recognized the running back headed toward the flat, he undercut the throw to give CHS the ball at the Mattoon 20. The Kahoks could not convert.

The 3rd quarter saw scoring by both sides.

CHS had an 81 yard TD drive that finished with a 4 yard Jayden Nabors TD. The two point conversion was good.

Mattoon answered the drive with a TD. The missed two point try kept the score 14-14.

The 4th quarter began with Miller carrying the load for 41 yards on three carries including a 9 yard TD. CHS had a 20-14 lead..

However, Cameron Knierim returned the ensuing kickoff 54 yards to the CHS 24. One play later MHS scored but missed their extra point to make it 20-20.

With 4:50 to play the Green Wave would score their final TD to make the final 26-20.

CHS two-way stalwart turned QB Jake Holten was lost for the season with an ankle injury against Granite City as he was going in for a touchdown.

“He’s tough, he’s a heck of a football player. Since I’ve been here he’s been one of the lead by example kids,” Popovich said.

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