TOUCHET The line between "game tape" and "highlight reel" has gone from blurry to nonexistent for white-hot Touchet.
The second-ranked Indians scored all but 14 of their points before halftime in dismantling Sunnyside Christian 56-8 on Thursday in the Southeast 1B League football finale for both teams.
Touchet (9-1, 6-1 in league) will take a six-game winning streak and a 41-point average margin of victory therein into the postseason. Ever since a 28-6 loss to defending state champion Liberty Christian on Sept. 27th, it's been scorched-earth stuff from the Indians, who were candid this preseason about the pain of a season-ending loss to that same Patriots team in the 2012 playoffs.
"The kids took that as a real reminder," Touchet coach Gary Dorman said of the September loss. "You've gotta come ready to play, every game."
The Indians, who will host the loser of Fridays District 7 playoff between Odessa-Harrington and Cusick on Nov. 15 or 16 in a district crossover game, overwhelmed Sunnyside Christian in every facet on Thursday. The defense forced a turnover once every five snaps in the first half, creating short fields for an offense that scored five touchdowns on 22 plays from scrimmage.
Colter McKeown also returned an interception 25 yards for a touchdown during the first-half onslaught, and Elias Martinez the cheat code embedded in Touchet's video-game offense bolted 72 yards for a touchdown returning the opening kickoff of the second half.
"We haven't fully peaked yet, but we're getting there," said Martinez, who also had three interceptions, rushed for a touchdown and completed a 17-yard scoring pass to Connor McKeown. "We're trying to get better every week."
Edgar Rincon added a pair of rushing touchdowns for the winners, and Colter McKeown and Carlos Rincon rushed for one score apiece in an impressive display of rushing depth by Touchet. Dorman split carries among 11 different rushers, with no one carrying more than five times.
"It's hard to guard all of us," Martinez said. "We've got a lot of weapons."
"There's still a lot we can do," added senior Colton Goble, who caught a PAT conversion pass from Martinez and had a sack and two tackles-for-loss. "We've had a couple of big, good, clicking games. We're getting better. We can be better."
"It's kind of sad, because the regular season is over," Edgar Rincon said. "But I'm pumped 'cause it's playoffs. It's time to finish some business we didn't finish last year."
Sunnyside Christian 0 0 8 0 8
Touchet 28 14 14 0 56
TEdgar Rincon 6 run (E. Rincon pass from Elias Martinez)
TMartinez 3 run (Colton Goble pass from Martinez)
TColter McKeown 25 interception return (run failed)
TConnor McKeown 17 pass from Martinez (run failed)
TE. Rincon 18 run (pass failed)
TColter McKeown 43 run (Cesar Velasquez pass from Carlos Rincon)
TMartinez 72 kickoff return (C. Rincon run)
SCWyatt Hoff 1 run (Nate Scheenstra run)
TC. Rincon 37 run (run failed)
RUSHINGSC, Cooper Liefke 13-19, Luke Wayrin 12-34, Nate Scheenstra 6-45, Wyatt Hoff 7-12. Touchet, Colton Goble 4-7, Ruben Butler 1-1, E. Rincon 5-43, Velasquez 3-37, Martinez 4-24, Colter McKeown 1-43, James Kate 2-13, Titus Miller 5-13, C. Rincon 3-54, Leo Garcia 5-30, Riley Shanks 3-4.
PASSINGSC, Hoff 1-8-420, Faber 0-3-00. Touchet, Martinez 1-3017, Colter McKeown 1-1-08.
RECEIVINGSC, Brant Bosma 1-20. Touchet, Connor McKeown 2-25