By T. Wampler
New Caverna High School head football coach, Trevent Hayes, picked up his first win on a hot and humid Saturday afternoon last week. The Colonels crushed the Fairview Eagles 58-18 thanks to a second half surge.
The first half took nearly two hours to play due to the required water breaks provided by the officiating crew to ensure the players’ health and safety.
Caverna led 22-12 with five minutes remaining in the second quarter and an hour and 45 minutes elapsed since the game started at 5 p.m.
After halftime, the Colonels proved their superiority. The Colonels held the Eagles to just one more touchdown while piling on the points on offense – 36 points to be exact.
Coach Hayes took over the football program in 2023 just as the Colonels re-enter Class 1A District 1 football. Caverna opened play in their class with a convincing win over Fairview, a member of Class 1A District 6.
The Eagles won the toss and scored first on a 4th down pass, but failed on their 2-point conversion attempt.
L.D. Waggoner broke three tackles on his way to scoring the first Colonel TD. Russell Williams went right up the gut for the 2-point conversion to give CHS an 8-6 lead.
Safety Jaylin Craine broke up a 3rd down Eagle pass, and at the end of the first quarter, CHS still led 8-6.
On the first play of the 2nd quarter, Tyson Martin scored after carrying several Eagles with him toward the end zone until he broke free of the last Eagle and scampered to pay dirt for the score. CHS led 14-6.
The Eagles scored on a TD pass to pull Fairview within 14-12.
Craine made a great catch but penalties cost the Colonels touchdowns twice on that drive. Craine would move to quarterback and get blocks on the line from Cody Ginez, Diego Ochoao, and Waggoner to help him score the next Colonel TD. Tyson Martin converted on the 2-point conversion and CHS led 22-12 with just over five minutes left in the half.
The Colonels went to a powerful ground game amassing 440 yards before the horn sounded. The Colonels had 43 total yards passing in their 58-18 victory.
Williams was 3 of 5 in the air. Craine accounted for all 43 yards with 3 catches with 1 TD pass reception.
Tyson Martin led CHS in rushing with 7 carries for 132 yards and 2 touchdowns. Williams had 9 carries for 98 yards and a TD.
Kenyon Martin had 3 carries for 80 yards. Waggoner had 5 carries for 49 yards and a TD.
Craine had 4 carries for 40 yards and 2 touchdowns. Cameron Decker had 2 rushes for 35 yards.
Williams, Craine, and Waggoner all ran for 2-point conversions. Tyson Martin had two 2-point conversion runs.
Tyson Martin led the team with 20 solo tackles. Waggoner had 16 tackles. Kenyon Martin had 10 tackles. Zandon Corn added 8 take downs.
Two Colonels had 5 solo tackles, Tyree Franklin and Cody Ginez. Craine and Waggoner each had an interception.