Collinsville and East both hungry for first conference win

News-DemocratSeptember 12, 2013 

In the opening two weeks of the season, Collinsville first-year coach John Blaylock saw both the good and the bad of his Kahoks squad.

Fresh off an impressive 24-14 win over perennial Mississippi Conference power Triad, Blaylock is no doubt hoping the good only gets better Friday, as Collinsville opens its Southwestern Conference season at Belleville East.

"I told the kids that I thought in our first two games that we played what I would call 3 1/2 good quarters on offense and 7 1/2 good quarters on defense,'' Blaylock said. "Against Triad, we moved the ball well, but I think we had 120 yards in penalties and had a couple of touchdowns called back.

"Against East we can't have those types of mistakes They (East) are an aggressive and very athletic football team and coach (Tim) Funk I'm sure will have his kids ready to play.''

East gave Missouri power Jefferson City all it wanted for a second straight year before falling 22-14 last week.

Friday's game: Collinsville (1-1) at Belleville East (1-1), 7 p.m.

Last meeting: East defeated Collinsville 42-7 a year ago. The Lancers, who built a 21-0 halftime lead, had more than 450 yards of total offense while holding the Kahoks to just 110 yards.

Collinsville key players: RB Jordan Miller (36 carries for 236 yards, 1 TD); RB Jamal Wellmaker (31 carries for 229 yards, 2 TDs); LB Brandon Fisher (22 tackles, 16 solos).

East key players: RB Demarius Ward (33 carries for 223 yards, 2 TDs); RB/DB Arkim Lewis (11 carries for 135 yards, 1 TD); WR Josiah Bergt (6 catches for 65 yards, 1 TD); DB De'Andre Johnson (14 tackles, 12 solos, 1 fumble recovery); DT Jeff Brown (13 tackles, 12 solos).

East coach Tim Funk on the Kahoks: "We really don't know anything about them. Just from what we've learned on film. We know they have some size up front and three pretty good running backs. They've gone more toward a running-style offense. I think they have the capability to throw the football, but they're much more run-oriented.''

Notes: One player the Kahoks won't have to worry about stopping is Lancers senior running back Brandon Mason. The 5-foot-8, 170-pound Mason, who rushed for 124 yards and a touchdown a year ago against Collinsville, is still recovering from a broken left leg suffered this summer during workouts. Funk said Tuesday that Mason could be back within a couple of weeks. ... Collinsville senior quarterback Connor Zabala looks to get on track after a couple of tough weeks to start the season. Zabala, who threw for 655 yards and seven touchdowns a year ago, has completed just 3-of-15 passes for 48 yards this season.

Contact reporter Dean Criddle at or 239-2661.

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