COLORADO SPRINGS — Before going into the locker room at halftime, the Pueblo South Colts got a bit of a tongue lashing from their head coach.
Ryan Goddard's message was simple, the execution was a direct reflection of their focus on the field. They got focus in the second and left District 20 Stadium with a 32-22 win over Discovery Canyon.
And a big part of the reason for the Class 3A No. 6 Colts' win was quarterback Logan Petit. The senior ran for four total touchdowns on the day. He ran for just two all of last year, but it's just the way the cards fell for the Colts offensively.
"Honestly, I did not expect it," Petit said. "We had it installed but we expected to get some in the air. But you know, if you have to do it with your legs, you have to do with your legs."
The first of his rushing touchdowns came from nine yards out to cap off a 90-yard drive for the Colts (3-0 overall) to open the game. On that drive, Petit completed seven straight passes which accounted for 74 yards through the air.
That drive proved to be problematic for the No. 5-ranked Thunder (2-1) who had hope to hold the shut down the Colts and get their option-based offense moving in order to control the tempo of the game.
"That's important for us because we want to get the ball and we want to hold onto it for 10 plays or more and just drive down the field," coach Shawn Mitchell said. "But to let them do that to us to start the day just gets us out of our rhythm."
Discovery Canyon answered on the ensuing drive with a 10-yard touchdown run from Christian Call which gave the Thunder its only lead of the day at 7-6.
For the second offensive series, Goddard went with Jace Bellah at quarterback and the sophomore got the Colts down to the one-yard line before Petit went back in and pushed over the line to retake the lead for the Colts.
For much of the second quarter, the offense stalled out and turned the ball over on downs twice which got Goddard visibly frustrated.
"We scored the two touchdowns and kind of lost a little bit of focus," Petit said. "We got complacent."
In the second half, Pueblo South stopped the Thunder on its opening drive and Petit again ran the ball in from one-yard out.
Then disaster struck for Discovery Canyon. South defensive lineman broke the line and hit quarterback Jonah Isakson, jarring the ball loose. His twin brother Ian scooped it up and ran into the end zone to make it a 26-7 game.
"We have a little competition," Andy said. "We're trying to see how many touchdowns or sacks we get in the game."
To this point in the year, he said it was about even.
Petit's final rushing touchdown of the day, a 44-yard run, put the nail in the coffin for the Thunder. Marshall Pike ran for two touchdowns in the second half - including one from 79 yards out - but it wasn't enough.
"Defensively it was all about discipline, doing our job, doing our assignment," Goddard said. "Those guys played hard and they got it done."
The Colts have next week off before hosting Palmer Ridge at the Neta and Eddie DeRose Thunderbowl at CSU-Pueblo on Sept. 27. The Thunder will be back at District 20 Stadium next week to host Holy Family.