LOVELAND — After Monarch's 37-21 handling of host Mountain View in the Class 4A Northern League on Thursday night, Coyotes coach Phil Bravo stood on the surface at Ray Patterson Stadium and brought up the word trust with his group.
"Do you trust us?" Bravo asked. The answer, of course, was yes.
No, he and his staff didn't freak after a first half in which the Coyotes led, but could have been blowing out the Mountain Lions.
All they did was come out after halftime and take care of business in running their record to 5-3 overall and 3-0 to remain in the league lead.
"I do trust them," Bravo reiterated. "We're slow starters sometimes, it takes us a little while to get things figured out, but once we do, we settle in. We told them at halftime they were acting like they were down by 50."
In fact, Monarch was leading the Mountain Lions (3-5, 1-2) 16-14 through two quarters, but it felt strongly it should have been by much more. Shorter touchdown runs by Stone McIntyre and Zach Bastres sandwiched a safety off a botched punt snap by Mountain View. Just like that, it was 16-0 10 minutes into the game.
However, the Coyotes didn't make it on a fourth-down attempt and didn't cover an onside kick and just like that in the Mountain Lions' way, it was 16-14.
"We gave them a short field and the kick return to the 50(-yard line) and that really killed us, they scored twice on short fields," Bravo said.
But Monarch took control on the opening possession of the second half, weathered the Mountain Lions' last scoring drive and won going away. Bastres scored three times, once on a pass reception, and the Monarch fronts helped kept things in check.
And for the record, the Coyotes reciprocate the trust with their coaches.
"Oh, yeah, of course we trust the coaches," Bastres said. "We've been following them for four years. They know what they're doing."
All told, the Monarch rushing game was steady as well as effective. Bastres scored on runs of six and 35 yards, and nabbed a scoring pass from McIntyre for 11 yards. Alex Bradfield added a touchdown. From a numbers standpoint, the B&B boys also dominated — Bastres had 167 yards on 22 carries and Bradfield had 162 on 23 attempts.
"The blocking was great on the runs and on the pass (McIntyre) saw me right away," Bastres said.
Defensively, Landon Sibley made a key stop late on fourth down and intercepted a pass.
The Coyotes will finish with home games against Fort Collins (Oct. 28) and Greeley Central (Nov. 4).
A league title, Bravo said, "would be a huge deal for us."
Monarch was 6-14 in its only two seasons in 5A (2014-15 in the Front Range League), including 2-8 a year ago.
"Ultimately," Bravo said. "(Mountain View) played hard, but we were physical up front and our defense in the second half was relentless."
MONARCH 37, MOUNTAIN VIEW 21
At At Ray Patterson StadiumMonarch 16 0 7 14 — 37
Monarch — Stone McIntyre 9 run (Trevor Elser kick), 8:04. Monarch — Safety, bad snap and punter tackled in end zone. 6:14. Monarch — Zach Bastres 6 run (Elser kick), 2:14.
Mountain View — Reid Nichols 3 pass from Peyton Mayes (Nichols pass from Mayes), 11:16. Mountain View — Tommy Hochheimer 1 run (pass failed), 6:36.
Monarch — Bastres 11 pass from McIntyre (Elser kick), 6:57. Mountain View — Hochheimer 1 run (Ivan Thomas kick), 2:22.
Monarch — Bastres 35 run (Elser kick), 10:01. Mountain View — Alex Bradfield 37 run (Elser kick), 5:32.
RUSHING — Monarch: Bastres 22-167; Bradfield 23-162; McIntyre 10-15.
PASSING — Monarch: McIntyre 3-of-4, 49 yards.
RECEIVING — Monarch: Bastres 2-33; Easton Hall 1-16.