Handing the ball to Jole nets blowout win for Olathe
OLATHE — The Coal Ridge High School football team shifted its defensive sets throughout the Class 2A Western Slope Conference game Friday night, but the Olathe stuck with its game plan: Give the ball to Trenton Jole.
Coal Ridge brought its outside linebackers up to the line of scrimmage to blitz, Olathe gave the ball to Jole. Coal Ridge ran a zone set, Olathe gave the ball to Jole. Coal Ridge stacked 10 defenders in the box, Olathe gave the ball to Jole.
No matter the changes the Titans tried to make, the Pirates’ running attack, led by Jole, couldn’t be stopped. Olathe punted once in a 43-0 homecoming win.
“Olathe runs five or six plays, but they run them to perfection,” Coal Ridge coach Kyle Sager said. “With a few exceptions, we knew what they were going to run, we just couldn’t stop it. We were prepared for it, we just couldn’t stop it.”
Jole was pulled at halftime and finished with 177 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries. His performance was highlighted by an untouched 95-yard run on a dive play, as well as an 8-yard leaping score on a second-and-goal play.
“The line was working great, and I just kept pumping my feet and running,” Jole said. “On my big run the line sprung me perfectly. I just had to keep going.”
Coal Ridge quarterback Jerome Pizzelli finished with 114 passing yards, completing five of 20 passes and throwing three interceptions. Cris Contreras had two catches for 55 yards. Jared Duran had 19 carries for 55 yards.
Rio Green put Olathe on top early after he scooped up a botched read-option handoff and ran it back 24 yards for a touchdown.
After Jole rumbled 95 yards to start the Pirates’ third possession, Green got his chance on offense and punched in a rushing touchdown from less than 1 yard out.
Jole’s second TD put Olathe up 29-0 at halftime. Quarterback Mitchell Carlson and backup quarterback Jake Jimenez added rushing scores in the second half. In total, the Pirates finished with 363 rushing yards with 10 different players getting carries.
“We played a very textbook Olathe game,” Pirates coach Ryan Corn said. “We ran the ball very well. Our line blocked extremely well to open up some good holes for Jole. Our option plays worked really well.
“Any time you have a great individual runner like that, the line is doing something right. If your line can play well, you’re going to do good things.”
Carlson threw only two passes, completing one, and the other was picked off. Corn said in order for the Pirates to have success in the postseason, their passing game needs to improve.
“Especially against a well-coached team like Aspen that we have next week, you have to have your basics down in all aspects,” Corn said. “I feel like our passing series need to get a lot better. If we can become a dual-threat team, where we’re running and throwing the ball, we will see some good things.”
“We’re improving every week, and we see some good things.”