BELLVILLE — Clear Fork (6-0, 3-0) wasted little time in determining the outcome of Friday’s game against River Valley. The Colts scored in each quarter on their way to 52-8 route of the Vikings.
Touchdown runs from Sloan Bowman, Trevon Trammell, Blake Dinsmore and Matt Thran, coupled with a 12-yard scoring pass from Jared Schaefer to Bowman gave Clear Fork a 33-0 halftime lead.
The Colts continued to find the end zone in the second half. Dinsmore scored on a 71-yard run, while Schaefer — not to be outdone — scored from 55-yards out, building a 46-0 lead.
River Valley avoided the shutout on a 36-yard touchdown run by Michael Blevins late in the third quarter.
Junior Zach Homerick ended the scoring for the Colts with a 1-yard plunge halfway through the fourth quarter.
“Our big focus is to get better every single day,” said Colts coach Dave Carroll. “We don’t want to focus on the scoreboard. It’s not about the scoreboard. It’s about how we’re performing as players and coaches. When we perform at a high level,the scoreboard takes care of itself.”
Clear Fork rushed for 309 yards on 36 carries and threw for 86 yards vs. River Valley
Dinsmore led all rushers with 124 yards on seven carries. He was 4 of 5 passing for 48 yards and one interception.
Six Colts scored touchdowns; Dinsmore and Bowman each had two.
Michael Chellemi, Schaefer, Jacob Bailey and Daniel Spencer had big games on defense. Chellemi had three tackles for loss; Schaefer led the team with 12 tackles, two for loss; and Spencer added nine tackles, two for loss. Baily had nine solo tackles.
“We have a ‘Perfect Effort’ award,” Carroll said. “It’s not about performing at a high level, it’s about giving a tremendous effort. If we’re giving perfect effort we’re going to do some good things. After evaluating the film this weekend that’s the most kids we’ve had win that award.”
“That was the best game — as far as putting four quarters together — we’ve had this year,” Carroll said.
One reason for the Colt’s success may be due to short, crisp practices.
“This group of kids has allowed us to have shorter practices,” the long-time coach said. “It’s a testament to our kids. We have not run one wind sprint since June.
“Twe’ve been able to do this is that majority of our kids have worked year-round or play another sport. All the credit goes to our kids. We’re doing things right and we’re in shape.”
That discipline and the Colts’ more efficient practice habits seem to be paying big dividends.
“All things being equal, the team that shows up Friday night the freshest will play fast and win,” he said.
The Colts’ first through their new league schedule continues this week at Galion. The Tigers (4-2, 1-3) are reeling following a 44-21 loss to Marion Harding last week.
The Tigers are led by dual threat quarterback Harrison Ivy, who has thrown for 542 yards and has seven passing touchdowns to go along with combined with 571 yards and 10 touchdowns rushing.
Tanner Crisman poses another threat out of the backfield. The senior has 526 yards and three touchdowns.
“These guys are run-first team and they’re good at it. Ivy and Crisman run the ball very well,” Carroll said. “They’ll read the option, so everyone has to take care of their responsibilities to stop the run. Fortunately, our defense is really good against the run.”
But the Colts cannot forget about the Tigers’ passing attack.
“They throw the ball too,” Carroll said. “Crisman is a real good receiver.”
Takoda Crisman has 18 receptions for 396 yards and five touchdowns for Galion.
But Clear Fork’s goal on defense never changes.
“Our best path to winning is stopping the run,” Carroll said.