Coldwater wins third straight; routs rival St. Henry

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Coldwater 42, St. Henry 0
The backyard brawl between Coldwater and St. Henry turned into the backyard beating Friday. The Cavs rolled over St. Henry 42-0 as running back Troy Harlamert
scored four touchdowns in pacing the Coldwater attack. Quarterback Cory
Klenke added a rushing touchdown and Keith Wenning hit Dusty
Rustchilling on a 28-yard pass to complete the Cav scoring. Coldwater dominated the entire game.


Coldwater- The backyard brawl between Coldwater and St. Henry turned into the backyard beating Friday.

The Cavs rolled over St. Henry 42-0 as running back Troy Harlamert scored four touchdowns in pacing the Coldwater attack. Quarterback Cory Klenke added a rushing touchdown and Keith Wenning hit Dusty Rustchilling on a 28-yard pass to complete the Cav scoring.

Coldwater dominated the entire game, especially the first half which was played mostly in St. Henry territory.

“They did not have the chance to do some of the things that they would like to have done,” Coldwater coach John Reed said. “Against Marion we spent the entire night around the 22-yard line and couldn’t take any chances.”

On the opening drive of the game the Redskins looked as if they were going to control the tempo of the game.

Taking the opening kickoff from their own 30-yard line, St. Henry promptly went on a 15-play drive, chewing up clock and yardage. But it all came to halt inside the Cavs 25-yard line and the drive resulted in zero points.

“The momentum started to turn after that defensive stance,” Reed said. “After that you could see the confidence just build and build.”

Coldwater’s opening possession started badly. An interception gave the ball back to St. Henry, but then the game swung dramatically. St. Henry’s Brad Stahl dropped back looking to the sidelines. He let loose a pass, but Klenke jumped the route and was off. Klenke was eventually knocked out of bounds, but Coldwater set up shop on the Skins 2-yard line.

On the very next play Harlamert darted across the goal line for the first of his four scores. The extra point made it 7-0 and the blowout was on.

St. Henry’s real problems started in the second quarter when Coldwater got them on the ropes and eventually on the mat.

A 68-yard drive to open the period was capped by Klenke’s 2-yard touchdown and the extra point made it 14-0. Three minutes later Coldwater was back in the end zone when Harlamert scored again from 2-yards. In a matter of seven minutes the game went from 0-0 to 21-0 Cavs, leaving the Skins stunned and in big trouble.

“We have been a fragile football team and we really have not known who were are and how good of a football team we are,” Reed said. “I think tonight we took some steps.”

If the Cavs had any doubts after getting up 21-0, they were erased when Keith Wenning added the fourth score of the half on a 28-yard pass as the half ticked away. That made it 28-0 and the barrage came to end only because time ran out.

All that was needed for a Cav victory in the second half was to simply control the clock. However, they made their job easier by scoring two more quick touchdowns in the third quarter, both from the legs of Harlamert. The first was a 66-yard sweep and the second was a 7-yard run, finishing out the Coldwater scoring and the Skins.

Said St. Henry coach Jeff Starkey: “They just competed harder than us and were better prepared.”

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