Gators keep foot on gas for 2nd win in row
In a season replete with frustrating losses and unfulfilled potential, the Reservoir football team on Friday night showed that the defending Class 3A East champion remains hungry to win.
Host Centennial found out just how much in this week’s Ravens RISE High School Football Showdown.
Speedy senior Kyle Fehr rushed 21 times for 142 yards and three touchdowns — and added a score on an 81-yard kickoff return — as Reservoir gained 290 yards on the ground, taking an early three-touchdown lead before running away from the Eagles, 46-28.
Despite several key injuries and more than their share of bad luck, the Gators have won two in a row, scoring 82 points over the past two weeks, after starting the season 0-6.
“It’s just been one of those years where everything has not gone perfectly,” Reservoir coach Bryan Cole said. “We want to show we’re a good football team and feel some success.”
The Gators (2-6), one year removed from finishing 9-4 and advancing to their first state semifinal, have been competitive in most of their games, suffering four losses by a touchdown or less.
“We’ve been in every single game,” Fehr said. This one, however, never was close. Led by Fehr, Reservoir continually gained yards on the ground against an undermanned Centennial defense. Fehr, in fact, carried the ball seven times for 73 yards in the Gators’ 12-play, 80-yard scoring drive to open the game, scoring from 7 yards out to put his team ahead 6-0. That lead grew quickly. Moments later, on the Eagles’ first play from scrimmage, quarterback Matthew Schoenberger fumbled fighting for extra yardage, giving Reservoir possession at the Centennial 28. Centennial defenders scramble trying to stop Reservoir’s Ebissa Sambo after he got a first down. The Gators took a 20-0 lead before halftime. The Eagles have lost seven straight.
Three plays later, Fehr scored on a sweep to the left from the 12, giving the Gators their second touchdown in 55 seconds and a 12-0 lead.
“We knew they were going to load the box against us. I thought we could run it pretty well against them, and that turned out to be the case,” Cole said. “They had some trouble stopping us.”
Reservoir then extended its lead to 20-0 when quarterback Jordan Green found tight end Mason Baker on a 10-yard scoring pass 4:09 before halftime.
The Eagles (1-7) have lost seven straight after beating Hammond, 30-21, to open the season.