The visiting Arapahoe Warriors picked up their second win of the season with a 35-16 victory over Boulder at Recht Field Friday night. Boulder fell to 2-6 on the season, 1-2 in Mt. Massive League play.
"We just didn't play at our best," said Boulder head coach Vincent Smith. "We made some mistakes that really cost us, had a silly turnover to give them their first touchdown, a blown coverage to give them their second touchdown, missed some blocks. We really shot ourselves in the foot. Arapahoe played a good ballgame, but I think the score is a lot different if we do what we're supposed to and don't make so many silly mistakes."
Boulder would get on the board first with a 32-yard field goal from Sam Lowery, but the Warriors answered with a touchdown run from quarterback Kevin Lukasiewicz after Arapahoe intercepted Boulder quarterback Cade Travis and returned it to the 1-yard line.
Arapahoe would then take control in the second quarter, scoring on an 85-yard touchdown pass from Lukasiewicz to Jake Groth. Boulder would answer on the first play of its next possession with an 80-yard touchdown pass from Travis to Wilson Maier, but Arapahoe came right back with a 14-yard touchdown pass to Jalen Thomas to push their lead to 21-10.
"Our defense played well early on, and we didn't do a lot for them on offense," said Smith.
After a scoreless third quarter, Boulder made things interesting with a touchdown pass to Travis from Drew Maier with nine minutes remaining in the game to cut Arapahoe's lead to 21-16, but Arapahoe answered right away with a 36-yard touchdown run from Matt Phelan. A pick-six and another interception on Boulder's final possession sealed the deal for the Warriors.
Next up for Boulder is a trip to Aurora to take on Smoky Hill on Thursday.
"We have to get back to the fundamentals," Smith said. "We have to get things right, we have to stop missing tackles, we have to stop missing blocks, we have to stop blowing assignments. We've been playing too long to still be blowing the same assignments. We have to get back to the drawing board and make it happen."
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Arapahoe 35, Boulder 16
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Boulder — Lowery 32 yard field goal. Arapahoe — Lukasiewicz 1 yard run (Rapue kick). Arapahoe — Groth 85 yard pass from Lukasiewicz (Rapue kick). Boulder — W. Maier 80 yard pass from Travis (Lowery kick).
Arapahoe — Thomas 14 yard pass from Lukasiewicz (Rapue kick).
Boulder — Travis 13 yard pass from D. Maier (conversion failed). Araphoe — Phalen 36 yard run (Rapue kick). Arapahoe — Thomas interception return (Rapue kick).
RUSHING — Arapahoe: Lukasiewicz 1-1, Phelan 31-141. Boulder: Fletcher 35-151, W. Maier 2-(-1), Escobar 2-11, Travis 2-(-1), D. Maier 5-(-4), Feenstra 1-(-3).
PASSING — Arapahoe: Lukasiewicz 6-14-176. Boulder: Travis: 4-6-82, D. Maier 6-25-65.
RECEIVING — Arapahoe: Groth 2-110, Thomas 3-33, Phelan 2-41. Boulder: Provost 3-3, W. Maier 4-114, Fletcher 1-4, Travis 3-36, Peterson 1-5.