Redskins pull away from Frontier for 42-26 win
CALDWELL — Caldwell used a little young and a little old in Friday night’s 42-26 Pioneer Valley Conference win over the visiting Frontier Cougars.
Junior tailback Drew Ivey rambled for 221 yards and two touchdowns while freshman quarterback Tanner DeVolld fired a pair of touchdown passes and ran for a third as the Redskins won their second consecutive game to improve their season record to 3-4.
After a scoreless first quarter by both teams, Frontier grabbed the lead early in the second when Logan Brookover capped an eight-play, 52- yard drive with a five-yard touchdown run.
The Cougar touchdown was set up when Jansen Stewart intercepted a DeVolld pass near midfield.
Caldwell quickly answered with Ivey scoring from eight yards out and then took their first lead of the night when they recovered an on-side kick and four plays later Cole Garvin raced in from 15 yards out.
That lead last just about a minute as Frontier sophomore Kaylb McQueary returned the ensuing kick-off 89 yards for a touchdown and Briar West’s extra point knotted the score once again at 14-14.
The ‘Skins jumped back in front for good moments later when DeVolld fired a perfect 30-yard pass to a wide open Jacob Steward to give the red and black a 21-14 lead at the intermission.
For the second straight week the young DeVolld was impressive behind center.
“We are playing a lot of freshman and Tanner is doing a great job ,” said second-year head coach Grant Gaydos. “We knew he could play but we didn’t want to rush him earlier in the year.”
Caldwell quickly added to their lead in the third quarter when DeVolld scored from a yard out and then extended their lead to 35-14 when Ivey scored for the second time in the game with three minutes to play in the third.
Ivey began the year behind center but shifted to tailback to make room for DeVolld.
“The change has really freed up Ivey and he is obviously a great runner,” said Gaydos. “He is a real horse so any way you can get him the football is good.”
Brookover had quite a game in his own right for the Cougars as he scored a pair of long fourth quarter touchdowns but it would not be near enough as the Redskins scored their final touchdown when DeVolld connected with Caden Brownfield on a 35-yard, touchdown pass.
Injuries continued to mount for the young Cougars and they were forced to play the entire second half with Stewart, their third string quarterback, behind center after Lane Snyder left the game late in the first half with an injury.
“We were a little beat up coming in and then we got more beat up,” said third-year Cougar head coach Johnny Schmidt. “No excuses though, Caldwell played a really good football game and they just simply played better than us tonight.”
Brookover finished the game for Frontier with 144 yards on just 13 carries.
“Logan gives it everything he’s got until the very end and it was good to see him break those two late in the game,” said Schmidt, whose Cougars slipped to 1-6 with the defeat. “I thought the offensive line started to find their niche a little bit as well.”
For the second straight week Caldwell’s place kicker Nathan Olivares was perfect as he connected on all six of his extra point attempts.
Gaydos expected the Cougars to come out and play physical football and he was not disappointed at all with his opponents efforts.
“We watched them on film and we knew they were big, they were physical and tough and that they play hard,” said Gaydos, whose team travels to PVC conference leader Fort Frye next Friday. “They don’t have a whole lot of extra kids and they had several injured on the bench.”
Despite throwing a trio of interceptions in the game, DeVolld played a strong game behind center as he completed 5-of-12 pass attempts for 97 yards and the two scores, while gaining 66 yards on 14 carries.
Frontier travels to Valley next Friday.