Whittell football routs Coleville 59-12, improves to 3-0
COLEVILLE, Calif. — After only a quarter on Saturday, Sept. 19, there wasn’t any doubt the Whittell football team would continue its undefeated start to the season. The Warriors scored six first-quarter touchdowns en route to a 59-12 win at Coleville, easily securing a third straight victory.
“It was a strong performance,” Warriors head coach Phil Bryant said.
Whittell (3-0, 2-0 IV West) opened the scoring on the first play from scrimmage, when Colin Buchholz connected with Corey Huber for a 45-yard touchdown. The Warriors had a 42-0 lead after the opening 12 minutes, and led by 39 points at halftime on the way to a comfortable win.
“We were sharp on both sides of the ball,” Bryant said. “The defense shut down their run game and didn’t allowing any completions with their passing.”
Buchholz was 5-of-6 passing for 161 yards and two touchdowns in the win; the senior also had two carries for 25 yards. Huber ran for 167 yards and three touchdowns on four carries, and caught two passes for 95 yards and a score.
“There is good and bad in the way we are playing,” Bryant said. “The good is that our backup players have been able to play a lot with the numbers we are putting up, but the bad is the fact that our starters are not getting the game work they need to stay sharp.”
Dismas Womack had 48 yards and two touchdowns on three carries against Coleville (0-3, 0-2). Palmer Chaplin caught a 15-yard pass for a score, and added 10 points on seven extra points and a field goal.
“I can’t imagine the numbers our guys would put up at this point if they were playing a full game,” Bryant said.
Whittell returns home this week to face Pyramid Lake (4-0, 1-0) on Friday, Sept. 25. The Warriors’ homecoming game kicks off at 7 p.m., and is the team’s first test in league play.
The undefeated Lakers are averaging 57 points per game led feature senior A.J. Wasson, the league’s leading rusher. Wasson lines up at quarterback, and 200-pounder has run for 706 yards and 12 touchdowns in four games behind a big offensive line.
“We need a big game from our defense,” Bryant said. “We will be ready — there is no question about that.”