Collegiate remains perfect, hands Clearwater first loss
WICHITA, Kan. (Catch it Kansas) - In a crucial 3A match up between two 5-0 teams, Collegiate ended Clearwaters best start to a season since 2011 with a 39-19 win on the road.
The 6-0 start marks the Spartans best record since 2015.
“I can’t even explain it, I’m so proud of the guys they’ve worked really hard,” said Collegiate Head Coach Troy Black. “With COVID and being out of school they’ve been battling and they work their tail off and there’s some grit with this group.”
The game proved to be a showcase between two of the best quarterbacks in 3A, in Collegiate’s emerging star sophomore and first year quarterback Wesley Fair and Clearwater senior Tanner Cash.
“Tanner Cash is a great quarterback, so this win feels really good and I know we needed it for the later games,” said Fair, who played wide receiver for the Spartans last season.
Entering Friday, Cash was averaging 340 yards of offense a game. He put the Indians on the board first, capping off Clearwater’s first drive of the game with a 2-yard touchdown run to put the Indians up 7-0 with 7:24 left in the first quarter.
That would be the last touchdown of the half for the Indians, and in the opening seconds of the second quarter, Fair responded with his first rushing touchdown of the night, tying the game at 7 all with 11:54 left in the half.
Carson Phelps found the end zone for the Spartans with 5:54 left to play in the half to give Collegiate their first lead of the night.
The momentum continued to swing in the Spartans favor, after a interception from Fair on Collegiate’s own 10-yard line gave the Spartans the ball with under a minute left to play in the half. A 1-yard touchdown run from Carson Phelps extended their lead 21-7 going into the half.
Cash wouldn’t go down without a fight though, and scored his second touchdown of the night on a 26-yard run to make it a 21-13 game with 5:34 left in the first quarter. Cash has scored 28 of Clearwater’s 30 touchdowns on the season.
With 3:46 left in the game, Fair found the end zone for his second touchdown of the night to seal the deal for the Spartans, giving them a 31-13 lead. He finished the night with 177 rushing yards, 2 touchdowns and an interception. He now has 21 touchdowns on the season.
“He’s a special athlete, we knew we had a good athlete last year when he played receiver and did some really good things for us,” said Black. “For him to come in at quarterback and the first time he played was at camp, he had no reps before, but he just keeps getting better every week.”
Collegiate will take on Halstead next week, and Clearwater has another difficult match up against undefeated Andale.
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