LONGMONT -- The most lopsided victory for the current incarnation of Mead football had come two years ago when the Mavericks routed The Pinnacle 42-0.
In Friday night's 2013 opener, which kicked off the Mavs' fourth varsity season, Mead had nearly set the new standard for winning margin -- in just the first 14 minutes of the game.
The Class 3A Mavericks scored touchdowns the first six times they had the ball to go up 40-0 with 10 minutes left in the first half. They then cruised to a record 47-0 rout of 2A Valley at Mead High School.
"You couldn't ask for a better start," said coach Jason Klatt, whose Mavs went 3-7 last year. "The kids were great. The community was awesome. It was just a great night to be a Mead Maverick."
Actually, the only thing that kept the Mavs from scoring touchdowns all seven times they had the ball in the first half was a coaching staff which showed mercy with the ball inside the 5-yard line in the waning seconds before intermission.
Mead's first four touchdowns all came off "drives" of one or two plays each. Three of those scores came after Valley turnovers.
Senior quarterback Griffin Nelson had a big hand in all five of the Mavericks' first-quarter TDs. He threw touchdown passes of 8, 31, 20 and 4 yards, and ran for a 29-yard score. And for good measure, he also made three extra points (while missing two).
"It was almost sad that we got off to such a good start because we didn't get to play much after that," said Nelson, who finished with 100 yards passing and 76 rushing. "But I had an absolute blast tonight. We've been working hard for this."
With Mead scoring early and often, the 40-point mercy rule was in effect for all of the second half and a significant portion of the first, meaning a running clock.
On offense, despite curtailing their package for much of the game, the Mavericks finished with 369 yards and 18 first downs. Besides Nelson, sophomore Dane Myers put up some pretty big numbers with 93 yards on nine rushes.
And defensively, Mead held Valley to 43 yards of total offense, including minus-1 yard rushing. The Vikings managed just four first downs -- two by penalty -- and they turned the ball over five times.
Senior John Brady recorded a fumble recovery and a sack, besides catching a 37-yard pass. Sophomore Braden Pflipsen recovered a fumble and forced another with a sack. Senior Thomas Jenkins intercepted a pass. And senior Nick Staiano and junior Dante Musick recovered fumbles.
"We were all just pumped and ready to get after it," Pflipsen said. "We're going to be pretty tough this year. We plan on winning quite a few."
Mead has opened each of its four varsity seasons with Valley. The Mavericks have gone from being pummeled 46-0 (in 2010) to losing a close game 7-0 (in 2011) to winning a relatively close one 30-21 (in 2012), then blowing away the Vikings on Friday.
"That was completely opposite of my freshman year," Nelson said. "Three years ago, they were us, and now we're them."
Mead, which plays only one home game in September (Sept. 20 vs. Erie), travels to Colorado Springs to face St. Mary's on Friday.
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Mead 47, Valley 0
At Mead H.S.
Valley (0-1) 0 0 0 0 -- 0
Mead (1-0) 33 7 7 0 -- 47
Mead -- Logan Anderson 8 pass from Griffin Nelson (kick failed).
Mead -- Aaron Cheung 31 pass from Nelson (Nelson kick).
Mead -- Nelson 29 run (Nelson kick).
Mead -- Anderson 20 pass from Nelson (kick failed).
Mead -- Thomas Jenkins 4 pass from Nelson (Nelson kick).
Mead -- Dane Myers 25 run (Tyler Levine kick).
Mead -- Anderson 8 run (Levine kick).
RUSHING -- Valley: Delgado 7-7, Uribe 2-6, Flanagan 1-5, Gomez 2-2, Diederich 1-(-3), Hanzlicek 3-(-18); Mead: Myers 9-93, Nelson 7-76, Couch 3-52, Feula 5-28, Jenkins 2-10, C.Anderson 1-8, L.Anderson 2-8, Kennedy 3-7, Drouhard 3-(-13).
PASSING (comp-att-int-yards) -- Valley: Hanzlicek 7-13-1 44; Mead: Nelson 5-7-0 100; Feula 0-1-1, 0.
RECEIVING -- Valley: Uribe 3-22, Chacon 3-18, Diederich 1-4; Mead: L. Anderson 2-28, Brady 1-37, Cheung 1-31, Jenkins 1-4.