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September 7, 2013

Turnovers take down Coahulla Creek vs. Gordon Lee

CHICKAMAUGA — If the game plan for the Coahulla Creek Colts was to stop the Gordon Lee Trojans’ Zack Cobb, they succeeded. However, it was the senior running back’s offensive teammates that picked up the slack.

Cobb was held to 26 first half yards against a stout Colts defense, but running back Hunter Teeters came away with 82 yards and quarterback Hayden Casteel ran for two touchdowns, capitalizing off Colts’ turnovers in a 25-13 win at Bobby Chappell Field.

Coahulla Creek dropped to 1-1 while Gordon Lee improved to 2-0.

The Colts defense set the pace in the first quarter, holding the Trojans to a three and out on their first possession of the game. A 47-yard touchdown run by Cobb was called back due to a holding penalty with 7:15 left in the first.

After a scoreless first quarter, the Colts third series ate up most of the second quarter clock. Twice, quarterback Blaine Williams extended the drive by completing big third down passes, one to senior wide receiver Erick Dominguez for 32 yards, and one to sophomore Baley Jones for 21 yards. Coahulla’s 20-play drive lasted 8:04 and ended with a 3-yard touchdown plunge by fullback Joel Phillips. The extra point put the Colts ahead 7-0 with 6:04 left in the half.

The Trojans tied the game after garnering good field position on a botched Colts punt, starting on the Colts’ 17 yard line. Four plays later, Casteel carried in the first of his two touchdowns, making the score 7-6 at halftime.

A Gordon Lee fumble on the first play of the second half could have proved costly for the home team, although the Trojans held the Colts to turn over on downs. Gordon Lee coach Charlie Wiggins was relieved.

“They did a really good job of boxing us in, and holding us down in the first half,” Wiggins said. “I was a little worried after we put the ball on the ground there, but we took care of our business and it got going from there.”

On third and nine from their 49 yard line, Teeters broke two tackles and ran down the left sideline 50 yards to the 1, setting up Casteel’s second touchdown of the game, putting the Trojans up 12-7.

On the next possession, Trojans linebacker Jake Rodgers picked off a Williams pass across the middle, taking the interception 31 yards for the score and an 18-7 Trojans lead.

Despite a great first half, Colts coach Jared Hamlin knows that costly turnovers and mental mistakes later in the game have been his team’s Achilles heel just two games into the season.

“We’ve got to solve that problem,” Hamlin said. “Once we learn to overcome those mental mistakes we’re going to be a good football team.”

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