The Colby football team had five different players score a touchdown as it downed an undermanned Neillsville squad 34-0 on senior night at Colby High School.
The Warriors suited just 18 players and ran just nine offensive plays in the first quarter but held the Hornets out of the end zone until just 32 seconds remained in the first quarter.
Quarterback Cody Meyer capped off an 11-play, 90-yard drive when he called his own number and scored from the 1. The key plays in the drive were a Meyer run of 34 yards and a 30-yard pass to Zach Meyer on third and 2.
Try as it might, Neillsville just couldn’t keep up.
McCoy Soppa scored from 5 yards out with just three minutes gone in the second quarter and then the flood gates opened.
Ryan Lynn hit Jake Hoernke from 2 yards out for the Hornets’ third score and later tossed a perfect spiral to Josh Rahm that covered 40 yards with just 46 seconds left in the half. Lynn finished the quarter completing four of six passes for 106 yards.
“We’ve got the two QBs and it’s working well,” Colby coach Jeff Rosemeyer said. “I trust both of them with whatever’s in the playbook.”
So with Meyer running and Lynn passing, the Hornets went to intermission up 28-0.
“Our defense played real well tonight,” Cody Meyer said. “We didn’t start real strong, but we came on after that. Our line played real well.”
The only score of the second half came after Neillsville turned it over via interception by Cody Meyer. That led to a Sage Soppa TD from 7 yards out.
“We stayed away from the turnovers,” Soppa said. “We were a little lucky there. We stepped it up. Our line blocked well. Both (Meyer and Lynn) played well. Our second stringers didn’t let up at all. That was great.”
Rosemeyer said the team has at least one item on its plate for next week.
“We have some incentive to finish strong and get a home playoff game,” he said. “Altoona will be playing for their playoff lives. It should motivate us going into the postseason.”