Tompkins stays undefeated with win over Klein Collins

By Tyler Tyre, Times Sports Editor
Posted 9/11/21

“It all started in practice,” said senior linebacker Bryce Shaink. “The intensity and grit we had through the week, and we our eyes were doing the right things too. We came out with some swagger tonight and that really helped, it never hurts.”

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Tompkins stays undefeated with win over Klein Collins

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Tompkins defense had an off night last week against Clear Springs.

The Falcons allowed 43 points in a win over Clear Springs but earned a 10 point win.

This week, the defensive unit was determined to change things.

“It all started in practice,” said senior linebacker Bryce Shaink. “The intensity and grit we had through the week, and we our eyes were doing the right things too. We came out with some swagger tonight and that really helped, it never hurts.”

The Falcons (3-0) went up against Klein Collins (0-3) this Saturday and the defense responded, allowing just one offensive score and forcing three interceptions, including one that was returned for a touchdown in a 28-13 win at Legacy Stadium

“Yesterday we had a defensive group meeting and we talked about how we need to play for each other,” said senior defensive back Tyler Collins. “That’s the biggest difference in tonight is we all had each others back and played as one.”

Despite the score line, it didn’t look good for the Flacons at the start, Tompkins muffed the opening kickoff and had to takeover inside the 15-yard line and on the first play from scrimmage Asa Brown returned an interception 13 yards for a touchdown and the ensuing kickoff was downed at the one-yard-line by Tompkins.

But Cole Francis immediately responded, as he threw a 99-yard strike on Tompkins first play of the drive to Matthew Ogunrin to give Tompkins the lead back just 25 seconds into the game.

“We always say the event plus the response equals the outcome,” Francis said. “The event was the pick-six, we just had to respond and flush it and move on. It was a go to the next play mentality and we were able to do that on the next drive, we threw the deep ball and scored. It’s one play and you can’t let it hold you down for the whole game.”

Francis helped add to the Falcons lead late in the first quarter as he finished off a Tompkins drive with a 13-yard pass to Wyatt Young as Tompkins went up 14-6.

It was a defensive battle for the next two quarters as neither team scored until the fourth. Shaink intercepted a pass early in the quarter and Caden Welsh followed up with an interception on the next Klein Collins drive leading to a drive where sophomore running back Caleb Blocker ran in a four yard run to extend the Tompkins lead.

“We go against every single type of defense with them scouting for us,” Francis said. “There’s not a single look that we aren’t prepared for because of them. I really believe they’re the best defense in the state and we’re going against better people than what we’re playing.”

The Tigers trimmed things to a one-score game on a 2-yard run from Michael Wilson and had a chance to tie things late as they got the ball back with 30 seconds left and down eight, but again Tompkins defense responded.

Tyler Collins sealed the game as he came away with a 31-yard interception return for a touchdown to keep Tompkins undefeated.

“We knew as a defense that we had to make a stop,” Collins said. “They came out and I just read the quarterback and made a play for my team.”

Francis finished 8-18 with 202 yards passing and his two touchdowns to go along with 37 yards on the ground. Ogunrin had 99 yards receiving while Young had 49 yards and a touchdown on five catches. Caleb Blocker had 60 yards rushing on eight carries.

The Tompkins defense held the Tigers to under 300 yards of total offense.

“I have to give that credit to our defensive staff,” said Tompkins head coach Todd McVey. “Coach (Eric) Robinson and the coaches do a great job of making adjustments at halftime. This is a good football team we played, and we were able to slow some things down and they made plays when they needed to. The coaches make those adjustments and the kids applied it.”

Tompkins will play Clear Creek (1-2) next Friday as they look to keep up their undefeated start.

“It doesn’t change for us, we want to be 1-0,” Shaink said. “Be 1-0 every day and win the next one. We want that next game, we’re focused on Clear Creek now and we are going to do everything we can to beat them and keep moving forward, we’re excited.”

Tompkins 28, Klein Collins 13

Klein Collins

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7  

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 13 

Tompkins

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 28 

First quarter

KC: Asa Brown 13 interception return, 11:49

Tompkins: Cole Francis 99 pass to Matthew Ogunrin (Mario Garcia kick), 11:35

Tompkins: Francis 13 pass to Wyatt Young (Garcia kick), 0:46

Fourth quarter

Tompkins: Caleb Blocker 4 run (Garcia kick), 9:18

KC: Michael Wilson 2 run (Taylor Hamlett kick), 3:10

Tompkins: Tyler Collins 31 interception return (Garcia kick), 0:23

Team stats

Klein Collins

 Tompkins

  First downs

 15

 16

  Yards rushing

 35-175

  34-146

  Yards passing

 112

  203

  Passes

 12-23-0-3

 8-18-2-1

  Punts

  3-34

 3-33

  Fumbles-lost

  1-0

  2-0

  Penalty-yards

  4-30

 4-40

Individual Statistics

Rushing -- Tompkins: Caleb Blocker, 8-60-1; Cole Francis, 6-37; Collin Marshall, 13-33; Wyatt Young, 6-18; KC: Tucker Parks, 11-81; Michael Wilson, 14-55-1; Tony Patrick, 6-31; Marquel Allen, 4-8;

Passing -- Tompkins: Cole Francis 8-18-209-2-1; KC: Tucker Parks 12-22-112-0-3; Michael Wilson 0-1-0-0-0;

Receiving – Tompkins: Matthew Ogunrin, 1-99-1; Wyatt Young, 5-49-1; Josh McMillan, 3-40; Lebechi Chidubem, 1-15; KC: Eli Wyatt, 4-47; Marquel Allen, 2-25; Daniel Austin, 1-18; Ty Stamey, 1-11; Michael Wilson, 3-7; Keilon Jones, 2-4;

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