Harmony proves to be toughest test of the year over Como-Pickton
Joseph Elerson | News-Telegram Sports Writer

Sept. 10, 2005 - RHONESBORO - The Como-Pickton Eagles could not get anything going Friday night against the Harmony Eagles in a 52-10 thumping at Eagle Stadium.

"What we are going to do is regroup as a coaching staff and evaluate the film and look at the areas in which we made mistakes - and the mistakes were numerous - and we will correct those mistakes this week," said CPHS head coach Joe Ryzman.

Ryzman said going into the game that Harmony would be the toughest test his team would face so far this season, and that proved to be the case in their third game.

Harmony (2-1) scored on their first three possessions of the game as Adam Gillette opened with a 20-yard scamper to paydirt for the early lead.

After a 31-yard punt by C-P senior Bo Baxter, Harmony senior Tyler Parsons returned the punt 54 yards the other way down the left sideline for a 13-0 lead with 5:14 left in the first quarter.

The CPHS offense in the first half had one drive of more than four plays as the Harmony defense was swarming on running back Ray Hayden and quarterback Trent Vail. 

Como-Pickton had only two first downs and 46 yards of total offense as on third-and-13 from their own 35-yard line, Vail scampered 18 yards into Harmony territory for the first down, but the drive ended four plays later at the CP 45-yard line.

Hayden finished the first half with nine carries for six yards, while Vail had eight carries for 35 yards after the first 24 minutes of action. 

�In the second half, Como-Pickton gave up two early scores to Harmony as senior Bo Coffman went through the middle of the defense 52 yards on second-and-10 from their own 48-yard line for a 33-0 lead with 10:07 remaining in the third. Frankie Himes also scored on a 2-yard run in the third quarter.

"We started out slow and for us to be a better team in the future we have got to come out and play the first three quarters like we played the fourth quarter," Ryzman said.

CPHS put together a 12-play drive to open the fourth quarter as Noe Tellez booted a 27-yard field goal with eight minutes remaining for their first score of the contest. 

During that drive, CPHS received a break as Vail was flushed from the pocket and threw a high pass intended for Garold Pierce, but Himes was whistled for a defensive pass interference on second-and-8 from their own 38-yard line.

On Harmony's ensuing drive, Himes rushed for a 31-yard touchdown for a 46-3 lead, before Hayden made an incredible play with six minutes remaining on the Eagles' next possession.

Hayden took the handoff from Vail, went straight up the middle and was swarmed by the Harmony defense, but managed to cut to his right and power his way down the sideline for a 56-yard touchdown just 29 seconds after Himes scored his TD.

On Como-Pickton's final possession, Harmony found a way to put the nail in the coffin as C-P had an eight-play drive going before Hayden fumbled as he was being tackled at the Harmony 38-yard line.

�Garrett Christensen scooped up the loose football and scampered 62 yards to paydirt for the 52-10 finale with 26 seconds remaining in the contest.

Hayden was the leading rusher in the game with 13 carries for 138 yards and one touchdown, and now has 700 yards rushing on 64 totes and 10 touchdowns in three games this season. 

Vail had 10 totes for 55 yards and completed 2-of-10 passes for 13 yards with an interception, while Mosley had four carries for 17 yards.

For Harmony, Coffman was the leading rusher with six carries for 73 yards and a touchdown, Gillette had three carries for 59 yards and one touchdown and completed 5-of-14 passes for 69 yards and one touchdown.

CPHS gave up 364 yards of total offense, their highest output of rushing yards allowed (295) and their highest point total of the season.

Como-Pickton, now 1-2 on the season, look to bounce back against the Collinsville Pirates, next Friday night in the final pre-district contest of the year. Kickoff for the game is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at Ron Heflin Field.

"They have a new head coach at Collinsville that was an assistant and came from G.A. Moore's program," the coach said. "He will run a lot of G.A.'s stuff and put a lot of people on the line and try to bring a lot of heat on our quarterback and running back. Offensively, they will probably put three backs in the backfield and play smash mouth football.

"We have a lot of young kids on this team and we need to correct those mistakes and put together a good game plan and execute it against Collinsville next week. "

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