For openers, there was a lot going on at Recht Field for Denver South and Boulder.
The nonleague game took 3 hours, 40 minutes to complete as a lightning-and-rain storm blew in for one delay, then a Denver South player had to be removed from the field by ambulance (officials said he'll be OK).
There were large batches of turnovers, penalties and miscues. There were 73 points. And in addition to the brief storm that was all Colorado relevant to the time of year, there was a Grateful Dead-like band performing at a nearby festival that regularly competed with the public-address announcer, and it was all Boulder.
Plus, it was the debut of new Panthers coach Vincent Smith, who spent a year as a player at the University of Colorado.
On a Labor Day weekend, the Panthers got outworked, outplayed and, well, out-everythinged in a 56-17 setback to the Class 4A Rebels.
Smith didn't duck anything afterward.
"We've just got to grow up a bit," he said. "We've just got to be progressive. It was our first day out, but we'll get better."
The Rebels, headed by yet another Lindsay -- this one's Marcus, a senior, who rushed for 247 yards and two TDs -- were stronger up front and quicker on the perimeter. Smith said he appreciated the matchup.
"That was a good test for us and gave us some things to work on," he said.
Boulder sputtered early, but South miscues helped keep it close. In fact, Panthers junior quarterback Ryan Travis, who was harassed all game by the Rebels defense before giving way to freshman Drew Maier, connected with Patrick Fletcher on a 58-yard scoring pass 7:23 before halftime to climb with 14-7.
However, a lightning delay called immediately after the conversion kick halted play as well as the Panthers' chances. Once they returned about an hour later, they collapsed while South binged.
Lindsay ran 69 yards for a touchdown. Boulder fumbled the ensuing kickoff to set up another Lindsay score. And when the Panthers went three-and-out, their punt seemed to be destined to be downed, only to have South coaches yell at Dremond Griffin to run it down. He did and went 76 yards for a TD.
Bang, just like that it was 35-7 4:04 before halftime. The Panthers never seriously threatened again.
"Of course, a loss like that is disappointing," Panthers two-way player Cole Peterson said. "The only thing that I can say is we'll learn from this, keep working and improve on the things we need to."
The Rebels were superior athletically, Peterson added, and when that's the case, "you have to be extra sharp in your fundamentals. We weren't."
Said Smith: "This is an adjustment for everybody. We're all learning about each other and we'll get better."
Travis added a 1-yard TD run and Sam Lowery a 30-yard field goal for the Panthers.
Next up: Fairview, Friday night, at 6 p.m. The Knights have taken 15 of the 23 rivalry games since coach Tom McCartney took over in 1993. He was in attendance.
The Panthers vow to be prepared.
"Oh, yeah," Peterson said. "We're always looking forward to that game."
Denver South 56, Boulder 17
At Recht FieldDenver South (1-0) 14 21 7 14 — 56
Boulder (0-1) 0 7 10 0 — 17
Denver South — Wright 1 run (Cheiko kick). Denver South — Lindsay 6 run (Cheiko kick).
Boulder — Fletcher 58 pass from Travis (Lowery kick). Denver South — Lindsay 69 run (Cheiko kick). Denver South — Lindsay 20 run (Cheiko kick). Denver South — Griffin 76 punt return (Cheiko kick).
Denver South— Wright 7 run (Cheiko kick) Boulder — Travis 1 run (Lowery kick). Boulder — Lowery 30 FG.
Denver South — Johnson 1 run (Cheiko kick). Denver South — Arps 3 run (Cheiko kick).
RUSHING — Boulder: Bajza 6-6, Fletcher 2-3, D. Maier 5-6, W. Maier 1-(minus) 1, Travis 11-(minus) 22.
PASSING — Boulder: Travis 6-13-0-96, D. Maier 3-6-1-57.
RECEIVING — Boulder: Peterson 3-71, Fletcher 2-54, Wyatt 1-7, Burkhardt 1-10, Olmsted 1-4, W. Maier 1-4.