PLEASANTVILLE — The Tigerhawks began the year knowing they had to improve defensively after allowing 41 points or more in all but one game last season.
Friday night’s road opener was a step in that direction.
Colfax-Mingo limited Pleasantville to only 64 total yards of offense and benefitted from five turnovers — two interceptions and three fumble recoveries — in a 21-0 victory.
Tigerhawk quarterback Jared Myers completed 22 of 34 pass attempts for 214 yards and three touchdowns.
Jake Lietz was on the receiving end of two of those scores and led Colfax-Mingo on both sides of the ball. Lietz rushed for a team-high 74 yards on six carries, caught a team-high nine passes for 65 yards and totaled a team-high 19 tackles, 13 solo.
It was the first time Colfax-Mingo shutout an opponent since the current senior class entered high school.
It was also the first time Pleasantville had been held scoreless since Week 6 of the 2012 season when Lynnville-Sully blanked the Trojans, 70-0.
Score by quarter
Colfax-Mingo 7-7-0-7—21Pleasantville 0-0-0-0—0
Colfax-Mingo — Lietz 5 yard pass from Myers (Dejoode kick)Colfax-Mingo — Abell 14 yard pass from Myers (Dejoode kick)Colfax-Mingo — Lietz 10 yard pass from Myers (Dejoode kick)