By Micheal Bryant
For The Times
COLD SPRINGS —
Cold Springs had quite the homecoming night, racking up 561 yards of total offense Friday to pulverize Lynn 68-34.
“We played well on offense,” Eagle coach Rod Elliott said with a slight chuckle at his obvious statement.
It was a night of big plays for Cold Springs’ offense. After each team went three-and-out to open the non-region contest, the Eagles took over their second possession at Lynn’s 40-yard line. It only took three plays from there to get into the end zone, with Caleb Ellison punching it in from 2 yards out.
The Bears converted one first down on their next drive before punting it back to Cold Springs. The first two plays only gained two yards, but the next went for 67 on a Logan Campbell swing pass to Christian Crandall.
Campbell finished with a huge night for the Eagles. He completed two passes for 92 yards and a touchdown, rushed 20 times for 198 yards and four scores and had an 88-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.
It was an almost-perfect performance for the senior, whose only blemish was a lost fumble.
“(Logan) had a good night,” Elliott said. “But you have to give credit to the offensive line. They would block right, and he’d get loose.”
Down 16-6 in the second quarter, it looked like Lynn was going to make it a much closer game. With the ball on first-and-goal at the 1-yard line, the Bears lost four yards and gave the ball back to Cold Springs after a brilliant goal-line stand.
“I think we played well on defense,” Elliott said. “I just think we helped them by having penalties and missed plays.”
Lynn tight end Taylor Henson was the one player who made the Eagles pay for those mistakes. The sophomore finished the night with 11 catches for 189 yards and two touchdowns. He also accounted for all three of the Bears’ 2-point conversions.
“Sometimes the other team has good players,” Elliott said. “We tried everything we could to cover him, but he just kept making plays, and the quarterback kept getting him the ball.”
With the game well in hand in the fourth quarter, it looked like Elliott was going to give his backups some reps and let them run out the clock — but Cold Springs had other plans in mind.
Facing a first-and-10 at Lynn’s 45, Nic Rollo took the handoff around right end. Three Lynn players wrapped him up, but the freshman barreled through and raced down the sidelines to put another score on the board with 9 seconds remaining.
“When you score 68 points, you don’t have much to complain about,” Elliott said.
Lynn (1-4, 0-3 in Class 1A, Region 5) will travel to Marion County next week. Cold Springs (3-2, 1-2 in 2A, Region 4) will return to league play at Francis Marion.
Elliott felt this win will help his team move into the second half of the season with a full head of steam.
“Anytime you can win and still learn a few lessons, it’s a good thing,” he said. “When we do things right, we’re good, but we also have to be tough mentally.”