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Morning Sun
  • Colgan stomps Baxter Springs

  • After a powerful storm blew through Baxter Springs, the stadium did not have electricity for at least the start of the game. But while the electricity was off, Colgan provided plenty of power of its own, running over and through the Lions en route to a 54-0 win.

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  • After a powerful storm blew through Baxter Springs, the stadium did not have electricity for at least the start of the game. But while the electricity was off, Colgan provided plenty of power of its own, running over and through the Lions en route to a 54-0 win.
    Although rains earlier in the day may have slowed the field down a bit, the Panthers were able to get plenty of traction early on in building a lead early. In typical Colgan fashion, the offense took advantage of field position produced by a strong defense performance.
    For instance, the first drive by Baxter went backwards, losing three yards before punting. Colgan got the ball at the Baxter Springs 43 and kept it on the ground between senior fullback V.J. Piccini and senior tailback Conner Dayton, capping off the drive with a 6-yard Piccini rumble.
    Almost the exact same circumstances presented themselves on the next set of drives. Baxter lost two yards on its drive and punted, giving Colgan the ball at the Baxter 36. On fourth down and 2, senior quarterback Dyson Dechant ran straight through the heart of the Lion defense for a 28-yard touchdown.
    Again, Baxter Springs had a short drive, but this time gained some yardage, punting to the Colgan 33. While most of the Panther scoring was on the ground, this time they scored in the air. Dechant passed to Nate Grimaldi, who took the pass 67 yards to paydirt.
    But that’s where the pattern ended, as the two teams traded turnovers. First, the Panthers muffed a punt to give the ball back to Baxter Springs. But before the drive could really get going, Christian Cedeño put enough pressure on Lions quarterback Cody Rowe that Rowe through an interception to Luke Marquardt, returned all the way to the Lion 8.
    After a Piccini 7-yard run, Dechant plunged in from a yard out for his third touchdown.
    Piccini and Dayton would each add a short touchdown run before halftime to give Colgan a 40-0 halftime lead before the subs came in for the second half.
    The scoring didn’t end when the subs came in, either. Drew Dawson sprinted for a 39-yard touchdown on the opening possession of the second half.
    Dayton would score his second touchdown on a 70-yard punt return to end the scoring for Colgan.
    St. Mary’s Colgan (2-0) will make its home debut on Thursday against Anderson County.
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