By Mark Jurgena
It just didn’t start well.
Collinsville could not overcome a miscue-filled start that included a fumble on the opening play, a Mascoutah TD, an onside kick recovery by the Indians, and a seven-play 87-yard TD drive as they fell to Mascoutah 29-14 at Kahok Stadium on March 26th.
“We started off the first five plays about as bad as you could actually start off a game,” said coach Joe Bevis. “But the kids fought back.”
After a 13-yard, diving, twisting TD reception by Chase McDaniel and a three-yard TD run by Chase Hanson Mascoutah had a 13-0 lead.
“I looked on film and I thought Collinsville was pretty darned good,” said Mascoutah coach Josh Lee. “Especially with them having a new coach and that offense. I think he’s (Bevis) done an awesome job there. I know they haven’t had a ton of success over there but I told our guys we have to get out to a big start because a team like this, you give them some hope and they’re incredibly dangerous.”
Mascoutah continued to take those words to heart and almost buried the Kahoks on the next series.
Collinsville was faced with a 4th and 16 from the C43 and lined up to punt. The Indians blocked the punt, recovered, and took possession at the 34.
But the Kahoks defense stood tall on 4th down at their own 16 to regain possession. MHS could gain only 18 yards during the penalty-filled drive.
“Our defense stepped up and did a great job all week,” said Bevis. “We had a great defensive plan.”
CHS then marched 84 yards on 13 plays culminating in a 31-yard TD by Richardson off the left side with 5:46 to play in the 2nd quarter.
“Our down blocks were nice and created movement and our kick outs were really nice, then our running back kept it tight in the hole to let the puller get out in front of him and we popped it,” said Bevis.
The drive almost stalled deep in Kahok territory, but Mascoutah jumped offsides on the punt on 4th and 6. Bevis never hesitated and put the offense back on the field at their own 25.
QB Kolby Anderson found room around the left side for a two-yard gain and a 1st down.
Later in the drive, Stephen Green picked up 14 yards on 3rd and 6 into Indian territory at the 45-yard line. Four plays later Richardson scored the first CHS TD of the season.
“That really kind of gassed Mascoutah out a little bit, but we couldn’t quite get that going again (after that),” Bevis said. “It’s an execution thing. If we’re going to be successful as a program right now where we’re at we’ve got to be pretty close to perfect.
“There were flashes of greatness on the field but flashes of greatness don’t win games, you’ve got to be consistently great,” said Bevis.
CHS trailed only 13-6 at the half but Mascoutah soon increased their lead.
The Indians used a nine-play, 62-yard drive culminating with an 11-yard keeper by Hanson at the 8:54 mark. After the PAT was missed, MHS held a 19-6 lead.
“Defensively that’s one of the things we talked about having to make Mascoutah do,” said Bevis. “We watched film from the previous week and it was big play after big play. There were really no sustained drives by them. We made them have a nine or ten-play drive…that was one of our goals. Even though they scored on that drive it’s not something we were necessarily disappointed in. We just knew we couldn’t let them rip off big plays.”
However, the Kahoks came right back with their own 10-play, 60-yard drive. During the drive, CHS had three big 3rd down conversions including two explosive plays.
On 3rd and 18 from their own 44-yard line, Stevie Green ran around the left side on a counter play for 22 yards. He picked up some great blocking by the line and a difference-making block on the outside by Jackson Lee.
Two plays later they were faced with a 3rd and 9 at the M33. This time they went around right end with Jerry Richardson cutting and bursting upfield for a 24-yard gain. In addition to another seal on the inside by the OLine, Green, Trent Moad, and Austin Stewart took care of the outside of the alley allowing Richardson to cut.
Finally, Anderson plunged into the end zone over the right side on 3rd and goal from the one with 5:12 left in the 3rd quarter. The two-point conversion failed leaving the score 19-12.
“We knew their offense, they’re huge and they’re physical,” said coach Lee. “They kind of limit your possessions because they just hog clock and they’re always getting positive yards.”
The Kahok defense showed up again forcing a three-and-out the next series but Jones flipped the field with a 60-yard punt down to the two-yard line.
After a Kahok punt, the CHS defense forced an incomplete pass on 2nd and long only to get called for roughing the passer. The next play Jones scored on a 25-yard TD pass from Hanson. The PAT was good for a 26-12 lead.
Despite a late interception by Green, CHS would get no closer and dropped to 0-2 on the spring season. Mascoutah raised their mark to 2-0.
Next week Collinsville is at the other 0-2 team in Pool A of MVC play, Highland. The Indians face off with 2-0 Triad next week.
All eight MVC schools will be placed into a tournament bracket based on their final standings in pool play. This weekend concludes pool play for all teams.
2021 Spring Football
Mississippi Valley Conference Standings
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Civic Mem. 1-1
Granite City 1-1