Momentum Huge In Cole Camp's Win Over Wildcats

Johnie J. Logue
Enterprise Staff
As Dandy Don Mediath used to say, “Mo can be fickle.” The former Monday Night football analyst was referring to how fast a game can change with a shift in the momentum.
A fumble and a great touchdown catch as the first half ended was enough for the Cole Camp Bluebirds to beat Warsaw 21-8 in Cole Camp last Friday.
The weather wasn’t a factor, as pleasant temperatures prevailed on this particular September night. Cole Camp had lost the battle of the heat last Saturday to Windsor and feared Warsaw because of the Wildcats close loss against Knob Noster.
Cole Camp won the toss and deferred to the second half. The kick went out of bounds at the 48, giving Warsaw great field position. They would march down field as Cole Camp tackled high and Warsaw would score from the nine on a pass from Brady Slavens to Matt Couzens.
Later on, as Warsaw looked like the better team, they would fumbled and Cole Camp’s Dalton Oelrichs would scoop up the ball and race some 80 yards untouched down the sidelines in front of the Cole Camp crowd. The kick was good and it was 8-7 with 1:16 to go in the quarter and momentum switched sides in a hurry, as Cole Camp became a different team. They started to tackle low and LB Marshall Fisher became Warsaw’s QB Brady Slavens worst nightmare on defense.
On offense, QB Kaden Harms would show the magic in his arm as he found Andrew Hahn in the end zone for the TD. They missed the kick and it was 13-8.
Fisher would blitz and would sack Slavens twice more and things looked bad for the Wildcats. Cole Camp would begin a drive that would come down to the final play of the half and a Hail Mary pass to 6’4 Ethan Ives. Cole Camp had called a time out and most fans knew where the ball was going. The dangerous Landon Baalman was on the other side, but Ives was the prime target. Harms would drop back to the 35, send the ball into the right hand corner and Ives would outjump the shorter defenders for the TD.  Ives would later comment, “I needed to catch it for my team.”
Harms ran the two pointer in and it was 21-8 as the teams headed into their locker rooms.
Cole Camp Coach Shearer commented, “We as adults sometimes forget that this is high school football. I told the kids that I have been coaching a long time, but our first possession was as bad as I ever saw. We got the turnover and we realized we could play with these guys.”
Wildcat Coach Ryan Boyer said, “We were happy with our first drive. We made some turnovers and we let their player (Ives) get behind us. We told the kids to win the second half. We tied 0-0. We will learn from this and move on.”
Harms was 12-21 for 159 yards passing and 6-35 rushing. Warsaw fell to 1-2 and Cole Camp moved to 2-1. Warsaw will host Sherwood this Friday for home coming.