WESTMINSTER -- Longmont quarterback Forrest Wetterstrom kept picking himself up from the turf to provide one big play after another for the Trojans.
Longmont's defense simply could not follow the example set by their leader by turning in a timely stop.
Unable to put the clamps on a Westminster rushing attack led by all-state candidate Patrick Wilson, Longmont suffered a 38-30 loss in a nonconference tilt Friday night at District 50 Stadium. It was the second defeat against a Class 5A opponent in three games for the Trojans, who open 4A Northern League play next week at Mountain View.
"We've got to get stops, and there were times offensively where we didn't execute," Longmont coach Doug Johnson said. "The reality for us is that our offense needs to outplay their offense, and our defense needs to outplay their defense. Neither one of those things happened."
Wetterstrom was knocked briefly from the game on two separate occasions after taking big hits, and he finally left the game for good after recording a 49-yard run midway through the fourth quarter that set up the Trojans' final touchdown.
That score trimmed Westminster's lead to 38-30 with 6 minutes, 22 seconds remaining, and the Trojans' defense appeared to finally get the stop it needed when it stuffed Wilson for a 3-yard gain on third-and-6. However, a facemask penalty against the Trojans kept Westminster's drive alive, and from there the Wolves were able to run out the clock.
"We had them stopped down there, but I think that was a good call," Johnson said. "I thought the officials gave us a fair shake. We don't need to do that, and that hurt us."
Longmont kept answering Westminster in an explosive first quarter, getting touchdown runs from Miles Rivera and Wetterstrom that answered Wolves scoring drives, as the teams went into halftime locked in a 16-16 tie.
Wilson, who finished with 286 yards on 40 carries, scored twice in the third quarter to extend Westminster's lead to 30-16. After his second brief injury hiatus, Wetterstrom returned to produce a 14-yard touchdown run on his first play back under center to keep Longmont within a touchdown.
Although Longmont (1-2) answered Wilson's third and final touchdown in the fourth quarter with its own score, too many penalties and too little time snuffed the Trojans' rally. Westminster (2-1) rolled up 450 yards rushing.
"I'm a little beat up, but I think my pride hurts more right now," said Wetterstrom, who finished with 178 rushing yards. "I know all of us could say we could have done a little more, whether it was not making penalties or just getting that extra yard.
"(Wilson) is a really good runner. He has good vision and everything. At the end there when we needed a stop, we just couldn't get the defense off the field."
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WESTMINSTER 38, LONGMONT 30
At Westminster H.S.
Longmont (1-2) 16 0 0 14 -- 30
Westminster (2-1) 16 0 14 8 -- 38
Westminster -- Ryan Belearde 7 run (Marky Gonzalez run).
Longmont -- Miles Rivera 1 run (Forrest Wetterstrom run).
Westminster -- Gonzalez 1 run (Humberto Loera pass from Jordan Thompson).
Longmont -- Wetterstrom 31 run (Logan Goodner run).
Westminster -- Patrick Wilson 8 run (run failed).
Westminster -- Wilson 14 run (Wilson run).
Longmont -- Wetterstrom 14 run (Miles Bergner kick).
Westminster -- Wilson 14 run (Thompson run).
Longmont -- Goodner 4 run (Bergner kick).
First downs 13 14
Rushes-yards 37-281 57-450
Passing yards 26 0
Comp-Att-Int 2-8-0 0-4-0
Fumbles-Lost 1-0 1-0
Penalties-Yards 7-68 6-52
RUSHING -- Longmont: Forrest Wetterstrom 15-178, Logan Goodner 9-48, Drake Greeott 7-23, Miles Rivera 5-19, Eli Sullivan 1-13; Westminster: Patrick Wilson 40-286, Ryan Belearde 11-149, Marky Gonzalez 4-12, Jordan Thompson 2-3.
PASSING (comp-att-int-yards) -- Longmont: Wetterstrom 2-6-0 26; Clint Sigg 0-2-0 0; Westminster: Thompson 0-4-0 0.
RECEIVING -- Longmont: Spencer Zuege 1-20, Greeott 1-6.