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By Coach Trey Richie
Special to The Post Dispatch
The Borden County Coyote Football team in search of an identity and a first win of the 2021 football season may be closing in on both of those but still fell short in a much-improved effort against one of the top football teams in six-man this season. The Coyotes traveled to Rankin to take on the 3rd ranked Red Devils who came in sporting a 2-0 record while the visiting Coyotes were still in search of the initial win of the season.
The Coyotes got off to a fast start as they recovered the opening onside kick and on the first play of the game, the Coyotes coming out under center ran a quick pitch option pass in which Rhett Kingston connected with Brandt Behrens for a nice 39-yard pass and catch to take a quick 6-0 lead.
That lead would be short lived as the Red Devils returned the ensuing kick to take the lead after their extra point kick split the uprights to lead 8-6. The Coyotes would then take the ball after the kick and mount a solid drive, converting several short third down plays while running out of the tight jaybird formation, with Mason Adcock playing center, Koda Bigham Quarterback, Ishmael Rodriguez at fullback, Rhett Kingston and Garrison Proctor mixing in at tailback, Brandt Behrens, Landen Foree, Kallan Kuehler and Thomas Snell rotating in on the line for various play types.
This group methodically moved the ball down the field, as they started off with a nice pass and catch from Bigham to Kuehler to start the drive before Rodriguez capped off the drive from a yard out to give the game coyotes a 12 to 8 first quarter lead. The Coyotes would get a defensive stop and looked to take a two touchdown lead only to have a couple of penalties stop the drive.
The Red Devils would answer with a long pass play to regain the lead at 16 to 12.
The Coyotes again, showing a ton of fight on the evening moved the ball up the field mixing in some nice runs, but the drive seemed to bog down again before Rodriguez found Mason Adcock in the endzone to give the Coyotes another lead at 20 to 16 as Rodriguez made the point after kick.
The hometown Red Devils would again answer at the end of an exhilarating first quarter to take a 24 to 20 lead heading to the second quarter.
The pace of play slowed down a bit as both teams swapped defensive stops before the Coyotes got a nice run by Rodriguez with a little over two minutes left in the half. With the Coyotes holding a 26 to 24 lead the Red Devils answered with 1:15 left to take a 30 to 26 lead. The Red Devils began to march down to extend the lead, but a pass break up by Bigham and a nice pressure on the QB by Behrens ended the half with the coyotes still trailing by 4.
The second half the Red Devils would score to increase their lead at 38 to 26.
The Coyotes got a great return by Rodriguez, but the Coyotes could not punch it in, and the Red Devils took the Coyote mistake and turned it into another home team score.
The Coyotes unlike the previous games though would not quit as they managed to put together a drive and a completion from Rodriguez to Adcock turned into a 50-yard strike as Adcock broke a tackle, tip toed the sideline and sprinted to pay dirt.
Another Rodriguez kick made the score 52 to 34 late in the 3rd quarter.
On the next defensive possession, the after a nice kick pinned the Red Devils deep the Coyotes forced the ball over after a nice 4th down and short stop. The coyotes looked poised to answer as it appeared Rodriguez was about to get into the endzone only to be hit from behind knocking the ball loose and fumbling at the 1-yard line. The Red Devils would take the play and eventually end any hopes the Coyotes had of making a comeback as they scored just a couple of minutes into the fourth quarter to regain all the momentum.
The Coyotes would again get deep into Red Devil territory only to turn the ball over at the 1-yard line again. The Red Devils would get a couple more scores as both teams looked to get some younger guys some playing time. The Coyotes would get into the endzone one more time as
Proctor followed some nice blocks into the endzone untouched from 38 yards out to give us our final tally of 76 to 40. This was a much better showing by the Coyotes on both sides of the ball as they competed from beginning to end and had several opportunities to make this a much different game but a great effort none-the-less. T
The Coyotes will face the #2 Ranked Sterling City Eagles this week in their home opener of the 2021 season.