High School Football

Collinsville looks for improvement in tussle at Triad

Neither Collinsville football coach Rick Reinhart or Triad coach Paul Bassler spent a lot of time this week reviewing tape of the opening game performances in preparation for their nonconference game Friday at Triad High School.

For Reinhardt, that wasn’t a bad thing as his Kahoks were demolished by Althoff 58-15 in their home opener last Friday.

“There weren’t many positives about last week. Probably the only one was that our tape of the game broke,” Reinhart said. “Obviously we’ve got a lot of work to do. That will be tough to do against a very good Triad football team.”

The Knights also had video issues last week as Bassler was still grading performances of his players Thursday morning. Ranked 10th in the Class 5A state poll, the Knights chewed up a Mattoon Green Wave defense for 40 points in a 17-point win last week.

And while the Knights head into the second of three straight nonconference games as a heavy favorite on Friday, Bassler said he is concerned about the Kahoks.

“Athletically, Collinsville is very good. They’ve got players who break away on any play,” Bassler said. “Last week we didn’t do a very good job of tackling against Mattoon. We’ve got to do a better job of that this week. But we’ve got to continue to improve in all areas of the game.”

Friday’s Game: Collinsville (0-1) at Triad (1-0), 7 p.m.

Rankings: Collinsville is unranked; Triad is ranked 10th in the Associated Press Class 5A state poll.

Last week: Collinsville lost to Althoff 58-15; Triad defeated Mattoon 40-23.

Last Meeting: Triad defeated Collinsville 21-20 in 2015.

Scouting Collinsville: Not much went right a week ago for the Kahoks, but the offense did generate 15 points on a pair of touchdown passes — one each from Trevore Sanders and Jaylen Jordan. But what was thought to be strength heading into the season — the defensive secondary which returned three starters — was riddled by Althoff quarterback Trevon Mosley for 191 yards and five touchdowns. That secondary should have an easier time against a run-oriented Triad team. But as usual, the Knights don’t make many mistakes on either side of the football.

“Triad is Triad,” Reinhart said. “They do what they do very well.”

Scouting Triad: The Knights defense may still need work to reach top form, but Triad’s offense, which scored 30 or more points seven times a year ago, looked to be in top form against an athletic Mattoon squad last week. Senior quarterback Tommy Bauer directs an offense which has plenty of offensive weapons in the backfield including Tom Kraudel, who have the luxury of running behind a big and experienced offensive line.

“We’ve got three of our five starters back from last year up front and against Mattoon, I thought our receivers did a great job of blocking as well,” Bassler said. “One thing is for sure. If you are going to play receiver here at Triad, you better know how to block.”