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COLBY – Three big plays in the second half by Eau Claire Regis turned a tight game into a rout of Colby in Cloverbelt Conference football action Friday night at Colby High School.

The two teams each came into the game unbeaten in the Cloverbelt this season and the first half was tight, but the Ramblers scored three long touchdowns in the third quarter and pulled away to win 40-9.

Regis moves to 7-0 overall and 6-0 in the Cloverbelt, while Colby falls to 5-2 and 5-1 in conference play.

Harley Schmelzer hit a 24-yard field goal in the first quarter to give Colby the early lead.

Regis pulled ahead on touchdown runs by Gus Theisen and Hayden Reinders, and Gavino Lopez had a 2-yard touchdown run for the Hornets, making it 14-9 at halftime.

From there, Regis’ explosive offense took over.

Theisen ripped off a 70-yard touchdown run, quarterback Tristan Root threw a 77-yard TD pass to Gabe Chenal, and then Root caught a 63-yard touchdown pass from Bennett Seelen. Just 5:33 into the third quarter, and suddenly Regis was in control, leading 37-9.

The two long TD passes were Regis’ only pass completions of the game as it racked up 310 yards rushing and 450 in total. Colby was held to 187 yards.

Colby hosts Cadott for its final home game of the regular season next Friday, Oct. 11, at 7 p.m. Colby finishes the regular season at Stanley-Boyd on Oct. 18.

Ramblers 40, Hornets 9

Eau Claire Regis 7 7 23 3 - 40

Colby 3 6 0 0 - 9

First Quarter

C – Harley Schmelzer 24 field goal, 7:47.

ECR – Gus Theisen 2 run (9 kick), 2:45.

Second Quarter

ECR – Hayden Reinders 5 run (9 kick), 1:25.

C – Gavino Lopez 2 run (run failed).

Third Quarter

ECR – Theisen 70 run (9 kick), 10:27.

ECR – Gabe Chenal 77 pass from Tristan Root (Reinders run), 7:23.

ECR – Root 63 pass from Bennett Seelen (Chenal run), 6:27.

Fourth Quarter

ECR – Root 44 field goal, 10:28.

Team Statistics

First downs: Regis 10; Colby 13.

Rushing: Regis 39-310; Colby 43-110.

Passing: Regis 2-3-140-0; Colby 7-12-77-3.

Total yards: Regis 450; Colby 187.

Penalties (no-yards): Regis 15-129; Colby 2-25.

Fumbles (total-lost): Regis 1-1; Colby 2-0.

Individual Statistics

Rushing: R, Gus Theisen 6-100, Hayden Reinders 10-71, Drew Goettl 1-69, Tristan Root 11-47, Aaron Haselwander 3-21, Ben Rooney 2-10, Brooks Wahl 2-10, Peyton Mayer 1-5, J.T. Koestler 3-minus 3. C, Tyler Klement 8-40, Gavino Lopez 16-37, Mason Voss 2-11, Carter Grewe 3-10, Mateo Lopez 3-9, Joe Hawthorne 1-8, Brent Jeske 3-6, Andrew Jeske 2-1, Lucas Karl 1-minus 1, Roman Schmitt 4-minus 11.

Passing: R, Root 1-1-77-0, Bennett Seelen 1-1-63-0, Koestler 0-1-0-0. C, Schmitt 7-12-77-3, Jeske 0-1-0-0.

Receiving: R, Gabe Chenal 1-77, Root 1-63. C, Grewe 3-21, Isaac Karl 1-19, L. Karl 1-17, Noah Robida 1-11, Hawthorne 1-9.

Records: Eau Claire Regis 7-0, 6-0 Cloverbelt Conference; Colby 5-2, 5-1 Cloverbelt Conference.

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