2-0 Colts prepping for a Friday battle with Jonathan Alder

BELLVILLE — Although it’s still early in the season, something special is brewing in the Clear Fork Valley.

A veteran Colts football team is turning heads with a stout defense and a two-headed quarterback.

The Colts moved to 2-0 on the young season with an overtime victory over the Bellevue Redmen last Friday. A week before, the Redmen had defeated defending state champion Canton Central Catholic in the season opener.

“It’s a big win for us,” said Clear Fork head coach Dave Carroll. “Going into the season we felt Bellevue was one of the best teams that we would play all year.

“We enjoyed the win Friday night and Saturday morning we watched the film. Now it’s back to work, we don’t have a lot of time to gloat over it right now.”

Carroll was careful to put the victory in perspective.

“We told the players, we’re excited, your moms a re excited, your friends are excited and everyone is patting us on the back. But there’s one group of people that don’t really care what we did Friday night, that’s Jonathan Alder,” he said.

The Colts will take on a very good team Friday in Plain City Jonathan Alder team. The game is in Bellville.

“Alder has a similar scheme to Bellevue,” the Colts’ coach said. “They run an H-back stacked behind the tackle. They’re in the pistol with the one back. They block down, pull and trap you on the line. They’ll run the H-back in there in different spots.”

Carroll talked about the keys to success when it comes to beating the Pioneers.

“It starts with stopping their tailback (Jamie Dye). He’s very good. He’s back from last year,” Clear Fork’s coach said. “He’s not nearly as big as the kid (Ray) from Bellevue. He’s short and stocky, about 185 pounds and he’s extremely quick and runs hard.”

But there also is a good passing attack.

“Their quarterback (Preston Eisnaugle) has a baseball scholarship to Marshall. He has a tremendous arm, he’s an athlete,” Carroll said. “They don’t run him a whole lot. He buys time by moving around the pocket. He’s got a really good arm and we have to get some pressure on him and not give him so much time.”

Besides Dye, the Pioneers also have some talent on the receiving end of Eisnaugle’s passes

“They have a receiver (Bryan Blacka) who’s their go-to guy. And they have another shorter receiver (Dylan Devier) who they get the ball to in the flat.”

But Carroll said gaining victory No. 3 against Alder will be determined by one thing.

“It all starts with stopping the run,” he said.

It was that defense that set the tone early vs. Bellevue.

Following a scoreless first half, the Colts took at 7-0 lead late in the third quarter on a Blake Dinsmore touchdown run.

Bellevue rebounded quickly and soon led 14-7.

But the Colts were able to tie the game 14-14 at the 2-minute mark of the fourth quarter on another Dinsmore touchdown run. The score capped a 10-play drive by the Colts.

In overtime, the Colts’ Trevon Trammell scampered into the end zone on the first play from scrimmage, giving the Colts the lead, 20-14. A missed extra point followed the score.

In its overtime possession, Bellevue’s Bryce Ray ran the ball to the 4-yard line on the first play. A botched snap on the next play forced the Redmen back to 17-yard line, from where they were unable to convert.

In Friday night’s game, Clear Fork out-gained Bellevue 376-333 yards in total offense.

Caroll said the Colts’ offense made improvement between the first game and second.

“The thing that I was impressed with it was that we didn’t have some of the dumb penalties that we had in the first game,” he said.

The Colts also opened up the playbook in the second game.

“The first week we weren’t doing a lot of things we do well, we were saving that for Bellevue,” Carroll admitted.

He added that despite the two wins, there is still plenty of room for improvement.

“The thing I’m still concerned with is that we had three turnovers. Both fumbles happened while we were driving. The one happened when we were in the red zone and getting ready to score,” he said. “And if you told me that we’d fumble twice and still beat Bellevue, I’d have said you’re nuts.”

The Colts’ two-quarterback system accounted for 312 yards and two touchdowns. Dinsmore led all rushers with 121 yards on 11 carries and two touchdowns; he was 8 of 12 in passing for 77 yards. Jared Schaefer ran the ball 15 times for 64 yards and threw for 50 yards on 4 of 11 pass attempts.

Who is under center does not change the play calling.

“They both can run. They both can throw,” Carroll said. “We don’t think about that at all. Blake (Dinsmore) might be a little faster, but Jared (Schaefer) gets positive yards every time he runs it.”

“They can both run the ball, so why not share it. They’re taking half the hits,” said Carroll.

Bryce Lyon caught seven passes for 68 yards to lead the Colts vs. Bellevue and Carroll feels the receiving corps can improve.

“We had a couple of dropped passes,” he said. “One was in the end zone and it was a touchdown. One was over the middle to Matt Thran. With his speed it might have been a touchdown. We can’t do that, we’ve got to clean that up.”

Friday’s victory is already in the past for Clear Fork.

“We have to get back to work. We’ve got a really good football team this weekend in Jonathan Alder,” Carroll said.

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Clear Fork’s defense takes down a Bellevue running Friday night in the Colts’ OT win. (Photo by Jeff Hoffer)
http://www.thebellvillestar.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/39/2017/09/web1_Clear-Fork-gamer-defense.jpgClear Fork’s defense takes down a Bellevue running Friday night in the Colts’ OT win. (Photo by Jeff Hoffer)

A Clear Fork runner looks for running room Friday night in the Colts’ overtime win over Bellevue. (Photo by Jeff Hoffer)
http://www.thebellvillestar.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/39/2017/09/web1_Clear-Fork-offense-gamer.jpgA Clear Fork runner looks for running room Friday night in the Colts’ overtime win over Bellevue. (Photo by Jeff Hoffer)
Last week’s thrilling OT win vs. Bellevue is already on the back burner

By Mike Tanchevski

Bellville Star