The Boys in Blue had Hufford Field rocking as they took care of business against the visiting Ballinger Bearcats by a score of 48-0. This was the largest margin of victory for either side in this historic rivalry since 1951.

The eight Bluecat touchdowns were a great answer to any doubters in Coleman’s ability to score after Week One’s single digit outcome. Ballinger won the toss and elected to defer to the 2nd half. Coleman wasted very little time as Jadin Jackson got the scoring started on the Bluecat’s first drive with a 7-yard designed run with 8:25 left in the 1st Quarter.  The two point conversion was no good.

As the game continued, Ballinger’s plan seemed to include draining the clock as they took over seven minutes off. That plan was spoiled by several huge hits from Keaton Beets and a Braxton Smith interception along the Bluecat sideline. Smith didn’t stop there, either. The very first offensive play after the pick was a perfectly thrown strike by Jackson on a designed rollout to the right. He hit Smith streaking down the Ballinger sideline for a 58-yard touchdown making the score 12-0.

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Jackson continued his passing ways as Hagen Cavanaugh was the recipient of a 39-yard touchdown reception to start the scoring in the 2nd Quarter. The extra point attempt was no good, making the score 18-0 in favor of Coleman. Ryland Gentry added his name to the box score as he found a hole, and made a few more, on his way to a 20-yard touchdown run with 4:15 left in the 2nd. This made it a 24-0 ballgame.

The scoring continued as Dayden Hunter rolled his way into the end zone with only 34 seconds left on the clock, building Coleman’s halftime score to 30-0.

The Half-Time Show by Coleman’s Big Blue Band featured their first piece titled, “It’s Alive,” from their fall show, “The Creature,” by Luke McMillan. The “Band members of the Week,” are Neveah Eldred and Bethany Jones and the “Section of the Week,” is the Low Brass Section. “The Best Blue Band in the Land,” showing was out of this world this week!

After Ballinger received the 2nd half kickoff, a three and out forced by the Bluecats put the ball back into the hands of Ryland Gentry. Gentry found his way to pay dirt, again, growing the Coleman lead to 36. It would hold there until an electric punt return by Cavanaugh covered close to 70-yards of real estate, his second touchdown of the night. This made the score 42-0 in favor of the Bluecats.

The final touchdown of the game would be handed off the Brent Bouldin who shoved his way from 3-yards out for the nail in the coffin of a 48-0 ball game.

“Felt like we dominated on both sides of the ball,” Head Coach John Elder stated. “Started off spittin’ and sputterin’ a little bit, but we got things under control, and we were able to control the tempo and the line of scrimmage. We set the tone and the physicality of the ball game, proud of our kids for getting that done early and establish the residency.”

With so many Bluecats involved, it’s tough to single out one individual effort. “Hats off to everybody tonight,” Elder said. “Our offensive line grinded, our backs ran the ball hard, Jadin threw some great balls. Ultimately we got out of it healthy, which is huge. Braxton, of course, came out early to rest some things and we made that decision based on the flow of the game. It showed in our kicking game as he didn’t get to kick any points so it was field goal by committee, but on a normal night Braxton would be kicking those.”

Truthfully, that was the only dark spot for an otherwise perfectly played game. Eight touchdowns and zero extra points off the foot of several different players was the result of kicking by committee. The one extra point that did clear the uprights was called back due to a delay of game penalty, but that was the only hiccup in this contest.

Keaton Beets was an absolute monster on the Defensive side of the ball while Hagen Cavanaugh flashed his speed on both Offense and Special Teams. They’re our picks for the, “ColemanToday Game Changers of the Week!”

The Bluecats will be at home next Friday Night taking on the visiting Brady Bulldogs for a Homecoming, non-district matchup. Kick-off is scheduled for 7:00 from Hufford Field.