Collegiate coach Bill Messamore told his team that it had a lot of things to work on following its 54-32 win over Wellington on Friday night at Collegiate.
But afterward, he looked at the scoreboard and pointed out his team did a lot of things well. He said the Spartans (3-0) have improved each week.
Collegiate sophomore quarterback Markus Phox, who passed for 238 yards and rushed for 122 yards, is thrilled with his team’s undefeated start.
“We’re really happy. At the start everyone thought we would be 1-2 at this point,” Phox said. “But our coaches believed in us and all of our teammates believed in us. As long as we keep playing like we are, we will go pretty far. We have a tough game next week against Andale, but our coaches will prepare us, and I’m totally confident in this team.”
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Collegiate withstood a 203-yard, four-touchdown performance by Wellington running back Taylan Ybarra.
Ybarra picked up 125 yards in the first half, and neither team’s defense had much success.
Ybarra’s playing time was limited in the second half by cramps, and Collegiate’s defense took full advantage.
“We got a lot of energy coming out of half time, because we didn’t like the way the first half went,” Collegiate linebacker and running back Raymond Taylor said. “The defense came out focused.”
The Spartans set the tempo in the second half with a quick-strike offense that didn’t let up until a comeback was well out of reach for Wellington. Phox hit Spenser Schooler on the second play of the third quarter for a 63-yard touchdown pass.
Phox did all he could to keep his team on solid footing in the first half. He orchestrated the Spartan’s spread option beautifully. He completed 10 of 11 passes for 121 yards and a touchdown in the first half.
He also lost two fumbles, one of which Wellington turned into points.
Wellington (0-3, 0-1) 7 13 6 6 — 32
Collegiate (3-0, 1-0) 14 7 14 12 — 54
C—Taylor 4 run (Lowden Kick)
W—Ybarra 55 run (Collins Kick)
C—Taylor 1 run (Lowden Kick)
W—Ybarra 3 run (Collins kick)
C—Phox 7 run (Lowden kick)
W—Ybarra 15 run (kick failed)
C—Schooler 7 pass from Phox (Lowden kick)
C—Taylor 4 run (Lowden kick)
W—Ybarra 43 run (pass failed)
C—Phox 16 run (Kick failed)
W—Baum 10 run (run failed)
C—Phox 30 run (pass failed)
Rushing—Wellington, Ybarra 21-203, Day 5-12, Lloyd 3-38, Baum 6-51. Collegiate, Phox 14-122, Taylor 13-133, Franklin 4-21, Lowden 3-17.
Passing—Wellington, Jenkins 4-10-68-2. Collegiate, Phox 14-17-238-0.
Receiving—Wellington, Moore 1-27, Becker 1-25, Neises 1-7, Ybarra 1-7. Collegiate, W. Short 4-72, F. Short 3-37, Schooler 2-73, Adams 3-36, Franklin 1-11, Taylor 1-9.