Campus struggles against high-flying Eagles

Photos by Laura Nicholas/TSnews

By Travis Mounts

Friday’s home opener was a struggle for the Campus Colts football team, which lost 41-14 to the Maize Eagles, the No. 6 team in Class 5A.
The Eagles jumped out to a 10-0 first-quarter lead on an 11-yard touchdown run and a 21-yard field goal.
The Colts cut their deficit to just 10-7 when Brayden Jay found the end zone on a 9-yard run. But Maize took over after that, scoring 31 unanswered points, including a second touchdown before the first quarter ended.
By the start of the fourth quarter, Campus trailed 41-7. The Colts added a late score when Remey Buckles rumbled 18 yards for his first touchdown of the season.
The Campus defense struggled to rein in Maize’s Joshua Sanders, who gained 176 rushing yards.
Buckles led the Campus offense with 62 yards, while Jacob Rymer ran for 53. Corbin Williams added 31 yards.
Campus struggled to get is passing game going. Jay went 5-for-13 for 39 yards. Christian Sicard was the top receiver with a 25-yard catch. Maize threw for 226 yards.

Braelyn Jay falls into the end zone for a first-half touchdown for the Campus Colts on Friday.

“When you face a team that’s really good, your mistakes are magnified,” said Campus head coach Jamie Cruce. “Against a lesser team, you can get away with that.”
The Colts are focused this week on correcting those mistakes, spending time on angles, footwork and hand placement, and addressing a couple of assignment errors.
The goal is to not perish by self-inflicted wounds.
“Our kids are understanding that more and more. I think they’ll recognize that and have a good week of practice,” Cruce said.
There were positives. Cruce liked the play of his outside linebackers. Jay played well, even if the stats don’t reflect that. Right tackle Layton Brown also turned in a good game.
This Friday, the Colts (1-1) will head to Salina for the second time in 2020, this time to face the Salina South Cougars. South comes into the game 0-2 after a pair of blowout losses.
South beat Campus a year ago in a game that was delayed on a Friday night and continued on Saturday due to bad weather. Cruce was not happy with the Colts’ play that Saturday, so there is motivation to make a better showing. He said the Cougars played hard, and the Colts aren’t in a position to overlook any opponent.