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South races past Hornets


Colts win first matchup between teams since 1999

For  a game anyway, South High School’s football team looked a lot like last season.

The Colts ran up and down the field Thursday night — much like they did during their state championship run — and beat Pueblo County 56-7 at Dutch Clark Stadium.

South won the Class 4A state championship last season but started this season 1-5. The Colts, who moved to 3A and into the South-Central League this season because of reclassification, dominated a number of teams last season and dominated the Hornets in this one, too. In the first meeting between the programs since 1999, the clock ran the entire fourth quarter because of the state’s 40-point mercy rule.

“We’ve definitely come a long ways,” South junior quarterback Logan Petit said. “We were little details away (from wins) this year. It’s been unfortunate.”

South (2-5, 1-1), which lost its league opener to East last week in the Cannon Game, has played one of the toughest schedules in the state.

They have lost to No. 1 Erie, No. 2 Discovery Canyon, No. 4 Palmer Ridge, No. 7 Holy Family and No. 8 East. Their lone victory had come against Lewis-Palmer, a team receiving votes in the poll.

“We did some good things offensively. We did some good things defensively. We flew around and played with little bit of energy and little bit of edge,” South coach Ryan Goddard said. “I felt like we’ve been a couple plays away at times … and needed to improve throughout the year.

“We played our best game tonight, in all three phases," Goddard said. "I was proud of the way our kids played. It was nice we started to make some plays.”

It took the Colts just five plays to jump on the Hornets (3-4, 1-1). Cole Sniff had a 50-yard run on the game’s second play from scrimmage and Cedric Tillman caught a 9-yard touchdown pass from Petit for the first touchdown.

After Pueblo County went three-and-out on its first drive, South scored again in just three plays. Jackson Dickerson caught a 50-yard touchdown pass for a 14-0 lead.

The Hornets did get back in the game briefly, scoring on a 65-yard run by quarterback Lane Sherwood to pull within 14-7 midway through the first quarter. From there, it was all South.

“That was just plain and simple an old-fashioned butt-whipping there,” Hornets coach Jeff Wilson said.

Sniff gave the Colts a 21-7 lead on an 8-yard scoring run and added a 4-yarder with 8:05 to play in the first half for a 28-7 lead. South led 35-7 at halftime after Petit tossed a 10-yard touchdown to Hunter Fair just 32 seconds before the break. Tillman had a 37-yard touchdown catch, Connor Huth a 7-yard run and George Longoria a 3-yard run to round out the scoring for South.

Petit finished 15 for 22 for 273 yards and four touchdowns. Dickerson caught six passes for 129 yards and Tillman seven for 90 yards.

All told, the Colts rolled up 487 yards, 359 in the first half. Sniff had 112 yards rushing on just eight carries.

“We definitely had this (in us). We had a great week of practice and were just nonstop all week,” Petit said. “It was nice to see. It paid off tonight.”

South, which still has thoughts on a playoff berth despite the 1-5 start, travels to No. 9 Durango next week. County plays another Thursday game at Dutch Clark, facing rival East.

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