Colony opened the football season with a 56-7 nonconference victory over host Skyview on Saturday.
“We’re still young and inexperienced at the varsity level,” Skyview coach Eric Pomerleau said. “We were kind of a little wide-eyed in our first game.
“Colony has a pretty good bunch of players. We did a good job with some things, but we’ve got to sustain blocks and sustain drives. You can’t be making little mistakes. They come back to hurt you.”
Colony was up 21-0 after the first quarter and 43-0 at halftime.
Colony coach Brian McIntosh said it was the perfect start to the year after the Knights went 2-6 last year.
“We’re extremely excited,” he said. “The kids played just so hard. The effort was amazing.”
Six different Knights reached the end zone. Senior Wyatt Peltier rushed for 111 yards and a pair of scores. Backup quarterback Bryce Niver added a game-high 140 yards on the ground and two scores.
McIntosh said after Peltier broke away for scores of 18 and 36 yards in the first half, the senior tailback was ready to go back into the game as a blocking back. McIntosh said that represented the type of teamwork he saw.
“This is the first time in a long time I saw them play as a team. They played for each other,” McIntosh said. “The way they played, sharing the ball, it was pretty amazing.”
As a blocking back, the 160-pound Peltier helped Ryan Ertz score from 1 yard out in the second quarter. Senior quarterback Rob Lorentz also threw and ran for touchdowns in the first half. Lorentz gave Colony an early lead with a 10-yard rushing touchdown in the first half. He capped the half with a 5-yard touchdown pass to Antonio Bush. Simon Root also had a 2-yard score in the first half.
Lorentz finished the game 9 of 11 for 132 yards and a touchdown. He also had three rushes for 33 yards.
Skyview broke through for its lone score of the game in the third quarter, when Justin West scored on a 21-yard reception from Kyle Zimmerman.
“We stuck together, took a deep breath and worked together and played better in the second half,” Pomerleau said.
He said the game was valuable, because his inexperienced team now knows what the game looks like on the varsity level.
“You can say it over and over in practice, but they don’t see that varsity level until it really happens,” he said.
The Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman contributed to this report.
Knights 56, Panthers 7
Col — Lorentz 10 run
Col — Root 2 run
Col — Peltier 18 run
Col — Peltier 36 run
Col — Ertz 1 run
Col — Bush 5 pass from Lorentz
Col — Niver 4 run
Sky — West 21 pass from Zimmerman
Col — Niver 25 run
Rushing — Colony: Root 6-33, Peltier 11-93, Lorentz 3-33, Rench 1-3, Ertz 12-41, Niver 14-134, Burson 2-2. Skyview: Zimmerman 9-4, Jones 1-4.
Passing — Colony: Lorentz 11-13-0—117, Niver 0-1-0—0.
Receiving — Colony: Bush 6-78, Hall 1-20, Peltier 1-9, Bilafer 3-10. Skyview: Edwards 5-8, Howell 7-51, West 7-42, Collier 3-11, Duke 3-36.