DENVER -- No floods or rescheduling conflicts stood in the Monarch football team's path Saturday.
Nor did the Kennedy defense, for that matter.
In a first quarter that defied believability -- even when considering the lopsided matchup -- Monarch scored six times on 11 offensive plays en route to a 56-6 win against the host Commanders.
"This whole week of practice has made us feel like a revived team after a week off," said Coyotes quarterback Jay MacIntyre, who went 5 for 5 for 188 yards and four touchdowns. "It feels like a whole different season to be honest with you."
The top-ranked Coyotes (3-0) scorched the All-City Stadium turf for 304 yards in the opening quarter and instituted a running clock after taking a 42-0 lead about 10 minutes in.
MacIntyre went 4 for 4 for 175 yards and four TDs in the opening quarter, connecting with Ethan Marks on a 68-yarder on the second play from scrimmage. The senior also connected with Paden Padula (14 yards), Harrison Leachman (38) and burly tight end C.T. Wristen for a 55-yarder.
"Jay threw the ball really well," Monarch coach Phil Bravo said. "He makes us a quick-strike team, and it's difficult for teams to load the box on us now."
In fairness, Kennedy (0-4) had been outscored 129-2 entering the contest and hardly can be considered a Class 4A powerhouse. But for a Monarch squad that had a contest against Niwot wiped out last week after multiple rescheduling attempts, it was pleasant to be back on the field.
"To start out things, (Kennedy's) bus broke down on Santa Fe and we had a 15-minute delay on the kickoff," Bravo said. "We had warmed up and had another delay. It just added to some of the unsettleness of the past two weeks. But our kids responded well."
Backup quarterback Sam Lehman got into the act with a 33-yard TD to tight end Sam Horton, making MoHi quarterbacks 6 for 6 for 221 yards and five touchdowns. It was one of a smorgasbord of statistics that underscored the Coyotes' complete dominance.
"We'd been practicing some different pass plays which we showed today," MacIntyre said. "They worked so it was great to watch it happen."
The Monarch defense limited the Commanders to 124 yards, a large chunk of which came on the final drive. Kennedy QB Victor Horta sneaked in from six yards out on the final play to put the Commanders on the board. It was the only blemish on an otherwise perfect day.
"We had a great time out here today," Monarch nickel back Bruce Oliver said. "It was just great to be back with the team and back playing football again."
Monarch undoubtedly will face a more arduous test Friday night when the Coyotes welcome No. 3 Montrose (5-0) to Warrior Stadium.
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Monarch 56, Kennedy 6
At All City Stadium
Monarch (3-0) 42 0 7 7 -- 56
Kennedy (0-4) 0 0 0 6 -- 6
Monarch -- Ethan Marks 68 pass from Jay MacIntyre (Pat Nasiatka kick).
Monarch -- Paden Padula 14 pass from MacIntyre (Nasiatka kick).
Monarch -- Braden Pape 11 run (Nasiatka kick).
Monarch -- Harrison Leachman 38 pass from MacIntyre (Nasiatka kick).
Monarch -- CT Wristen 55 pass from MacIntyre (Nasiatka kick).
Monarch -- Marks 36 run (Nasiatka kick).
Monarch -- Philip Bubernak 7 run (Trevor Elser).
Monarch -- Sam Horton 33 pass from Sam Lehman (Elser kick).
Kennedy -- Victor Horta 6 run (no conversion attempted).
RUSHING -- Monarch: Bubernak 6-31, Marks 2-43, Pape 2-15, Leachman 2-15, Soole 2-8, Mauigoa 1-63, MacIntyre 1-0; Kennedy: Mejia 13-28, Horta 7-6, Lopez 1-(minus 1), Bobian 1-(minus 2).
PASSING (comp-att-int-yards) -- Monarch: MacIntyre 5-5-0-188. Lehman 1-1-0-33; Kennedy: Horta 11-24-0-93.
RECEIVING -- Monarch: Leachman 2-51, Marks 1-68, Wristen 1-55, Horton 1-33, Padula 1-14; Kennedy: Krueger 5-50, Henriquez 5-40, Mejia 1-3.