|Indians outrun Breathitt in Rec Bowl
By Dan Manley
Advocate Sports Editor
Sophomore running back Charles Andrew Collins picked up right where he left off last season to lead the Montgomery County Indians to an impressive 47-12 win over Breathitt County Saturday night at Cunningham Field.
The Indians opened with a victory for the first time since the 2012 season before a season-opening crowd.
“The great was great and hopefully it’ll be bigger next week,” said second-year coach Jamie Egli.
After a 1-7 start last year in Egli’s inaugural season, the Tribe has now won three of its’ last four games.
Collins got the Indians off and rolling early when he raced 75 yards for a touchdown on Montgomery County’s second play from scrimmage, setting the tone for the entire game as Montgomery County took a 41-0 lead early in the second half to start a running clock.
By the time the night was over, Egli and his staff didn’t clear the bench, but they moved in that direction as they got three different quarterbacks into the game and 10 different players carried the football even though the Indians had just 44 rushing plays on the night.
Collins, named the Star of Stars in the contest, finished with 281 total yards, including 254 yards rushing on just 13 carries and he scored the Indians’ first five touchdowns.
“I didn’t come into the game expecting to score five touchdowns,” Collins said. “I was just doing what I was told to do.”
Collins praised the tremendous blocking effort he received that allowed him to average an eye-popping 19.8 yards per carry.
“I usually don’t get nervous before a game,” he noted. “But I had a lot of friends on that team and I admit that it was a little different..”
The Collins family moved here from Breathitt County and both of his parents teach in the Montgomery County School System.
Collins scored on runs of 75, 38, 6, 3 and 5 yards out, all in the first half. He ran the football just twice in the second half, gains of 30 and 26 yards, before he went to the sidelines.
The Indians lost the coin toss so the Bobcats got the football first but after they picked up one first down the defense held and the Tribe got the football at their own 28.
The first play lost three yards but Collins took the football on second down and broke just outside right tackle and then simply sped away from the Breathitt County defense to score with 8:21 to play in the opening quarter.
“We were hoping to get the football first because we felt like we could have early success,” Egli said. “It worked out thanks to our defense even though they won the toss.”
Breathitt County had a three and out on its next possession and junior Ty Eads returned the punt 20 yards to the Bobcat 31 before a penalty took the ball back to the Bobcat 41.
That turned out to be one of only two penalties the Indians had all night.
“That was a big factor for us,” Egli said. “Trey (Ishmael) did a great job of running the offense. We didn’t have to look at first and 15 because things were running smooth and that’s what we’re really asking him to do as a sophomore. We’ve got lots of playmakers and we need him to get the football into their hands without mistakes and that’s just what he did.”
From the Breathitt County 46 it was Justin Korrosy rippping off an eight-yard gain and then Collins broke free again for a 38-yard scoring run.
Sophomore Zane Carter successfully kicked all five of his extra point attempts on the night, just another bright spot for the Tribe.
Montgomery County had to put together a drive for their next score, moving 89 yards in 10 plays. Collins had a 22-yard run in that series and Korossy had a 19-yard carry, eventually leading to Collins’ six-yarrd scoring run as the score went to 21-0 with 10:56 still to play in the first half.
Collins would score again after Drew Mathis intercepted a pass at the Breathitt County 44. Collins had gains of 17 and 14 yards and Korossy had carries of eight and nine yards as the Tribe overcame a penalty to score on Collins’ three-yard run with 7:30 to play in the half.
The final score of the first half came with just 17 seconds remaining after the Indians got the football at the Bobcat 17 yard line with 1:12 to play in the second quarter.
Korossy’s eight-yard run half helped set up the five-yard score by Collins, his fifth TD of the half.
Montgomery County went for two but failed on the extra point as the Tribe tried to force the running clock.
The running clock, which occurs when the margin reaches 36 points, happened soon enough.
Breathitt County recovered an on-side kick to start the second half but then the offense went three and out.
Cameron Stacy’s punt backed the Indians up on their own eight yard line but it took only five plays for the Tribe to go 92 yards for the score.
This time it was Collins with runs of 30 and 22 yards setting up a 26-yard scoring run by Korossy and that produced the running clock with 9:27 to play in the third quarter.
Although Breathitt County scored as the Indians went to their second and third defenses down the stretch the Indians made the Bobcats take 11 plays to get into the end zone with their first score and second one came on a short field when Stacy made an outstanding run to set up his own three-yard scoring gallop.
Montgomery County’s final TD came on a 43-yard, nine-play drive by the Indians’ younger players with Andrew Rutledge making a great sprint around right end and diving for the pylon to cap a 10-yard play.
“It was great to get so many of our guys into the game,” Egli said. “That helps everything go better and hopefully it helps those players in the freshman and junior varsity games to have had that experience, even if it is brief.”
The Indians will be back at home Friday night when they play host to the East Jessamine Jaguars at Cunningham Field. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m.
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