Cobras suffocate Bulldogs
After two straight losses, the Triton Cobras got back in the win column by beating the Plainview-Elgin-Millville Bulldogs 35-14 on Friday, Oct. 11.
Triton Head Coach Mike Ellingson said the Cobras getting off to a good start was key to their win.
“Barker starting us off with a forced fumble and Aydan Round returning it 60 yards to setup a short touchdown was huge. After struggling last week, it was very important to get off to a quick start,” he said.
However, shortly thereafter momentum swung back towards P-E-M when a Triton fumble gave the Bulldogs a short field.
“[The] fumble was on a missed assignment on the backside blocking leading to a strip sack,” he said.
Triton’s fumble led to a P-E-M touchdown to give the Bulldogs a 14-13 lead.
However, that lead didn’t last long as Cobras’ kickoff returner Jaxon Sackett returned it 90 yards for a Triton touchdown. The Cobras converted a two-point conversion to take a 21-14 lead.
“Big momentum swing,” Ellingson said. “Return team did a great job engaging incoming defenders to spring Jaxon and he out ran the last two defenders.”
After that, the Cobras’ defense settled down and forced P-E-M to punt.
“We limited PEM to minimal explosive plays. Our kids tackled well and rallied to the ball,” he said.
Triton’s offense also started clicking in the second quarter as they scored another touchdown to take a 14-point lead.
“We ran the ball effectively. Our line did a great job all night creating space for our backs,” he said.
Up 28-14 at halftime, Ellingson stressed the importance of getting off to a good start in the second half.
“Halftime went quick with the tackle cancer event and hall of fame induction,” he said. “We did communicate the start of this half will determine the game.”
The Cobras did just that by scoring on their first drive of the second half and playing ball control from there.
Triton was able to play ball control due to quality play from the offensive and defensive lines.
“[Our] lines deserves a lot of credit for our effectiveness on Friday. That is the best effort they have put together all season,” he said.
Even though the offense only scored one touchdown in the second half, Ellingson was pleased with the Cobras’ effort and ability to extend drives.
“Up three scores in the second half, we were trying to limit P-E-M’s possessions and I was pleased we moved the sticks and played keep away,” he said.
He mentioned that one member of the offensive line had an impressive game.
“Anthony Gonzalez sticks out at left tackle, he really dominated his position,” he said.
Even though it was a dominating performance by his team, Ellingson hopes his team understands that “playing with emotion and heart puts us in the best position to succeed.”
With a short week to prepare for this Wednesday’s game, he said the focus will be on timing and execution.
Not making any timing or execution mistakes will be critical as there is little room for error when they host the undefeated Caledonia Warriors this week.