• Michael Strickland

Yotes Open With Big Win

Updated: Mar 14

College of Idaho Opens Spring Season With 26-12 Win Over Northern


Photo Credit: College of Idaho.


CALDWELL, Idaho – Playing for the first time in 16 months, The College of Idaho defense limited Montana State-Northern to less than 170 yards of offense over the first three quarters – rolling to a 26-12 victory in the Frontier Conference season opener at Simplot Stadium.


The No. 5 ranked Coyotes (1-0, 1-0) extended their regular-season win streak to 17 games and posted their tenth-straight victory at home.


Nick Calzaretta rushed for 89 yards and a pair of first half touchdowns, while Jacob Holcomb and Ryan Hibbs tossed second half touchdown passes, helping C of I to a 26-0 lead.


The Lights (0-1, 0-1) dropped their 38th-straight Frontier Conference games, as the Yotes turned two interceptions and two fumbles into 19 points.


After punts on the first five possessions, C of I used an 8-play drive to get on the board. Holcomb connected on a 20-yard pass to Hunter Juarez and following an unsportsmanlike conducted penalty on Northern, Calzaretta bowled his way over three defenders on a 26-yard run down the left sideline for a 7-0 lead.


Late in the second quarter, the Lights drove inside the Coyote 30, but Isaiah Abdul stepped in front of a Brenden Medina pass for an interception to stop the drive. On the next play from scrimmage, Holcomb found Isaiah Veal on a 55-yard pass play down to the MSUN 2-yard-line, with Calzaretta scoring on the next play to extend the lead.


Trailing 13-0, MSUN took their first drive of the third quarter – converting two third down and one fourth down opportunities – finding the red zone. However, on a second down play from the C of I 14, Devon Armstrong was stripped by Taeson Hardin, with Gino Allen falling on the football to end the drive.


The Yotes would answer quickly, as Calzaretta busted off a 12-yard run and Holcomb followed with a 72-yard touchdown strike to Brock Richardson to make it a three score game.


A turnover set up C of I's final score, as Dylan Martinez intercepted a Medina pass and four plays later, Hibbs connected on an 18-yard strike to Veal, pushing the margin to 26-0.


Northern would score a pair of late touchdowns against the Yotes second and third-team units – as Medina tossed a 7-yard scoring pass to Dorian Miles and following a 73-yard pass to Jake Horner, Andrez Trahan-Proctor scored on a 7-yard touchdown run.


In his first Coyote start, Holcomb finished 13-of-19 for 231 yards, while Hibbs went 3-for-3 for 21 yards in his C of I debut. Veal caught a team-high seven passes for 113 yards in the win, with Richardson catching four passes for 94 yards in his first game with the Yotes.


Medina was 17-of-32 for 230 yards for the Lights, with Trahan-Proctor rushing 29 times for 94 yards.


C of I closes out their home schedule next Saturday, hosting Rocky Mountain at 1 p.m.


NOTES:

  • Along with the four forced turnovers, the Coyote defense recorded five sacks – including two from sophomore Cade Flint

  • True freshman Joey Calzaretta had a game-high 13 tackles, including two for loss, with Martinez adding seven tackles

  • C of I finished the day 3-of-12 on third-down conversions

  • C of I improved to 7-0 all-time vs. Northern

  • The win was C of I's 297th in program history

  • 30 different players made their C of I debuts

  • It was C of I first game since Nov. 30, 2019 at Grand View in the NAIA national quarterfinals

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