CEDAR RAPIDS — Colton and Quentin White have formed quite the football tandem.
The twin brothers built a strong rapport with Quentin’s arm and Colton’s hands. The Coe seniors are skilled enough to thrive with others, but it would be hard to imagine the same success.
“We’ve been doing that for 21 years,” Colton said. “We definitely have something not everybody has together as a quarterback and wide receiver duo. I give a lot of credit to Q. He puts me in good spots. He makes great reads.”
Quentin passed for 238 yards, including 94 and two touchdowns to Colton, in a 27-13 victory over Buena Vista in an American Rivers Conference game Saturday at Clark Field. The Kohawks improved to 4-2 overall and 3-1 in the conference.
“We knew BV was a good team and they always play us tough,” Coe Coach Tyler Staker said. “We knew we were going to be in for a dogfight. I felt like we opened up on our opening drive. We went down and converted on some third (and) fourth downs, which was big.”
Coe posted a 7-0 lead, going 75 yards on 18 plays and burning more than seven minutes off the clock to start the game. Quentin hit Colton for a 7-yard TD.
The Kohawks converted three first downs — two were successful completions between the brothers. They hooked up nine times in the game and seven were first-down conversions or scores.
“They’re on the same page,” Staker said. “We’ve got some comebacks on some third downs where I thought Quentin did a good job of trusting the route and throwing before Colton made his break. Good timing there. I thought they connected and played well.”
The pair produced two big plays in the second half to help secure the victory. The first came with Coe up 14-7 after Brian Robertson’s interception return to the Beavers 35. Six plays later, Quentin lofted a pass to the back of the end zone and Colton out-jumped a defender to reel in the 6-yard score for a 20-7 lead with 4:35 to go in the third.
“Q makes good throws,” Colton said. “He knows where I’m going to be a lot of the time.
“That is something we’ve been practicing in the backyard for a long time. It’s really cool it comes to fruition on the football field.”
Quentin also hit Colton for a crucial 33-yard gain to the 1, setting up Tyler Dralle’s 1-yard TD plunge to secure the win with a 27-13 edge with 1:43 to play. Dralle finished with a game-high 73 rushing yards.
“They were a team that brought a ton of pressure,” Staker said. “They blitzed on almost every single play. They really committed a lot of guys to the box and with the wind, they said, ‘let’s force you guys to throw it over the top,’ which makes it a little bit harder.”
Coe’s defense played well outside of a couple blips that resulted in a pair of 11-yard TD passes. Dylan Laughlin hit Jordan Travis with 12 seconds left in the first half and Reyes Lara’s pass to Josh Lange in the fourth for the Beavers (2-4, 0-4).
The Kohawks limited the big-play ability of BV’s Eric Pacheco, who ranks among the A-R-C receiving leaders. He entered the game averaging a little more than 127 yards a game and only managed 38 on seven catches.
Staker said defensive back Hunter Semelroth came up big covering Pacheco.
“I thought Hunter played a really good game,” Staker said. “He had a few pass breakups. It was a big game plan for us to get him corralled and not let him get loose.”
Coe travels to Lincoln, Neb., next week to face Nebraska Wesleyan.
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