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MTZ football falls to Collinsville

Makobi Adams looks to pass in a 34-7 loss against Collinsville at Mt. Zion.

By BLAKE FAITH
Staff Writer

The Mt. Zion football team lost against Collinsville 34-7. Makobi Adams threw for 222 passing yards and threw one touchdown pass.

The Collinsville offense got the ball to start the game. Running back Jerry Richardson ran for 54 yards in the first drive for Collinsville and ended it with a 16-yard rushing touchdown. Andrew Chi made the extra point to give the Kahoks a 7-0 lead.

The next two drives for the Braves ended in punts and the next two for the Kahoks were turnover on downs. Richardson then scored his second touchdown of the night on a 10-yard rushing touchdown and Chi made the extra points to give the Kahoks a 14-0 lead.

After a Braves’ turnover on downs the Kahoks got the ball back and this time quarterback Ethan Bagwell ran in the touchdown for a one-yard touchdown and Chi made the extra point to give the Kahoks a 21-0 lead.

The Braves got the ball back and scored on their sixth drive of the night. Makobi Adams threw a 10-yard pass to Grant McAtee. Brayden Trimble then made a block that created space for McAtee. McAtee made a spin-move and went to the endzone to complete a 32-yard passing touchdown. Brayden Traxler nailed the extra point to cut the lead to 21-7.

The Kahoks scored twice more in the second half. Richardson finished the game with 224 rushing yards, 86 passing yards and three touchdowns.

“Collinsville was good,” Head coach Patrick Etherton said. “They’re a 7A team that’s playoff bound and made the playoffs last year. They’re very talented. They’ve got an outstanding player in Jerry Richardson. He’s as good as we’ve seen it, maybe honestly the best that we’ve seen you. I think we look back at the film and we’ll figure it out. But I mean, we scheduled them with the opportunity to see a 7A team and see some stuff that we don’t see in 4A and in our conference and kids that are strong, fast, some super speed and some talent. So we’re going to watch it and we’re going to learn from it and you know have two more games and we will make the playoffs and then go from there.”

The Braves fall to 5-2 overall and 4-1 in Apollo Conference play. This week the Braves will face Charleston at Charleston on Friday. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.

We’re going to show up tomorrow morning and we’re going to put in work and we’re going to fix what we did wrong,” Coach Etherton said. “We’re looking at what we did right and we will be fine. And our kids will be excited and ready to play somebody else by the time we’re done with practices”

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