In their most lopsided win on the gridiron in more than a decade, the Colby Eagles pummeled the Russell Broncos 55-0 at Dennen Field on Friday night.
It’s the largest margin of victory in the Rees McKinney era, and the largest in a shutout since a 55-0 win over St. Francis in 1984. The 55 points and 501 yards accumulated were season highs for the Eagles, who scored four second-quarter touchdowns and three third-quarter TDs to pull away from the Broncos and enact the running clock for the first time this year.
Hagan Booi rushed for three touchdowns, and Ryan Myers accounted for four touchdowns – three through the air and one on the ground – as a pair of seniors got their team back on the winning track on Senior Night at Dennen Field.
Booi’s one-yard run with two seconds left in the first quarter opened the scoring. He added another one-yard plunge to cap off a 10-play, 95-yard drive and make it 21-0 late in the first quarter. He completed the hat trick by taking the first play of the second half 54 yards to the house for his longest touchdown run of the season.
Myers, who hadn’t thrown a touchdown pass since week one, connected with Zane Betz for an eight-yard score midway through the second quarter. He then hit Peyton Wahlmeier for a 15-yard score one play after Bryce Myers intercepted a Russell pass late in the first half to give Colby the 28-0 lead they took into the locker room. His 27-yard touchdown run in the third quarter made it 42-0, and on the first play of Colby’s next drive he found Collin Carroll in the flat with Carroll doing the rest, racing 60 yards down the sideline for the score that made it 48-0 and brought on the mercy clock.
Hunter Vaughn engineered a scoring drive with the second-team offense to finish off the game, scoring a one-yard touchdown run to account for the game’s final score.
Colby’s defense limited Russell to 118 total yards, including a net of minus-7 rushing yards. They sacked Russell quarterbacks four times, and Bryce Myers and Connor Lanning intercepted passes.
The Eagles improved to 5-1 with the win and are 2-1 in 3A District 6 play. They’re back in action next Friday on the road against the Scott City Beavers, who are 4-2 and a perfect 3-0 in the district.
Hear from Colby head coach Rees McKinney:
And check out the long highlight reel from the night: