Ballou tried all morning to get All-Met receiver Tre Everett open for the long pass. The senior caught several passes but could not shake the sticky secondary of two-time defending Interhigh League champion Coolidge for the big score.
But Everett still came up with a big play, falling on teammate Ricky Wood's fumble in the end zone late in the final period for the game's only points as the Knights took a 6-0 decision in the nonleague opener for both teams yesterday at Coolidge.
After failing several times to take advantage of Colts mistakes, Ballou finally put together a successful drive. Taking possession following a punt to their 36, the Knights went to their short passing game. Jason Lane (10 for 22 for 123 yards) had four completions during the touchdown march, Everett and Neal Ables both catching two passes.
A 13-yard completion to Ables put the ball at the Colts 8. Two plays netted zero yards before Wood, who had been outstanding with several tackles and a fumble recovery from his linebacker position and a handful of key runs from the tailback spot, fumbled the ball just as he was about to cross the goal line.
Fortunately for the visitors, the ball bounced forward and Everett outhustled diving Colts defenders to the ball near the 1-yard line and dove into the end zone for the touchdown with less than two minutes remaining.
"The ball shot in the air and I saw the Coolidge players going for it," Everett said. "I got there first, scooped the ball up and dove in the end zone."
The Colts, who had good success running much of the day (Sean Chisley and Tim Beck combining for 109 yards), had less than 90 seconds to play and had to throw. Quarterbacks Daymon Anderson and Harold Thomas couldn't move the team on its final possession and the Colts' nine-game winning streak was history.
Both teams had their chances in the first 3 1/2 quarters. Ballou reached the Coolidge 15-, 20-, 39-, 37- and 39-yard lines but was stymied each time. Ballou (1-0) 0 0 0 6 6 Coolidge (0-1) 0 0 0 0 0
B -- Everett recovered fumble in end zone (kick failed)