COLORADO CITY — Coahoma dropped to 0-3 for the season Friday after a 45-8 loss on the road to Colorado City, but when you’re dealing with a team as young as CHS Head Coach Trey Gardner, you have to find the silver linings and build upon them.
One aspect of the game Gardner’s Bulldogs usually shine in is fortitude. Heart is rarely an issue for Coahoma teams and according to Gardner, it was on display Friday despite the lopsided final score.
“These guys are playing with more heart,” Gardner said. “We did some things last week against Coleman that were a little uncharacteristic for us. This week, we were much better. They have heart and they are slowly, but surely grasping the concept of the game of football. The fundamentals.”
The Bulldogs were plagued with injuries last year which put a damper on a promising season. Then, they were hit hard by graduation and now consist almost exclusively of underclassmen.
With all these factors working against him, Gardner knows he has to have patience with his inexperienced staff.
“Right now, our biggest concern is us,” Gardner said. “The score may not have reflected it, but I think we played better than we did the previous week. We had five turnovers, but realistically, I don’t know if we could have won if we hadn’t committed any. We did some things that looked good and we did some things that looked bad. We have improved in some areas — we had something that resembled a passing game. We defended the run pretty well. And we had some moments on offense. We broke for about a 60-yard run, but fumbled it back to them two plays later.”
Coahoma’s lone score came late in the game when junior quarterback Braxton Iden nailed a forty-yard pass to Jordan Harrison to get the Bulldogs to the Wolves’ two. After a quick pitch, Kyler Franks ran it in for the TD. The extra point attempt was muffed due to a bad snap, but Joe Melendez picked it up and returned it for a two-point conversion.
Christian Van Wey joined Franks and Paul Cortez in the backfield, giving Gardner another look at running back.
“Christian carried the ball a little,” Gardner said. “He had a big run, Almost 50 yards. And I hope we found an offensive lineman in Jesse Cuellar. He’s done well and shown us what we were looking for.”
Melendez and Iden were also mentioned by Gardner as players who performed well during Friday’s outing.
Coahoma will be back at home next week as they play host to Denver City.
Passing: Iden, 4-9, 88 yards, one interception.
Rushing: Van Wey, 7-79; Iden, 15-54; Franks 10-41; Cortez, 11-37.
Receiving: Harrison, 1-46; Franks, 1-15; Shanen Warneke, 1-16; Gilbert Puga, 1-11.