Fairview’s Jake Sheerin, left, passes the ball around Highlands Ranch’s Brock Taylor during the second quarter of their Friday night game held
Fairview's Jake Sheerin, left, passes the ball around Highlands Ranch's Brock Taylor during the second quarter of their Friday night game held in Boulder. (Kira Vos / For BoCoPreps.com)

BOULDER — Mama said there would be days like this.

For a little over a quarter on Friday night against Highlands Ranch, Fairview , despite trailing, was never out of things against the Falcons.

But then the wheels fell off.

After having a chance to cut the Highlands Ranch lead to 6-3 early in the second quarter, the Knights turned the ball over after a long offensive possession and then proceeded to watch the Falcons go on an 8-0 run over the finals six minutes to take a 14-2 lead to the break.

The contest would end 18-4.

Fairview coach Matthew Kelley could point to one particular moment during the Highlands Ranch run that simply killed his team. A two-minute non-releasable penalty on Nick D'Esposito saw the Falcons score four goals with lightning precision.

"It took a little wind out of the sails and I think they made a conscious effort to come out and pressure a little harder on defense," said Kelley, whose team dropped to 1-2. "Which stunned our guys a little bit."

The 12 goal halftime deficit, which evoked the mercy rule running clock, was a good chance for Kelley's team to do a little soul searching as they huddled at the south end of the field.

"At that point it becomes more of a mental game and (the coaches) give them a few of our thoughts, but we mostly want them to talk amongst themselves to sort out where they want to take this," Kelley said, "And who they want to be."

The Knights showed well in the second half, but could never crack the 12-goal deficit to eliminate the running clock.


The Fairview offense was held in check and only got two goals from Colton Campbell as well as one each from Chase Brucher and Jake Sheerin.

Knights goalie Ben Kellond was peppered throughout the night, but kept things from getting worse than they really could have been by making nine saves.

"The effort was definitely strong (in the second half), but there is certainly a lot of work to do from here on out," Kelley said. "But we are going to get them were we need to get them.

"I think we have to work a little bit more on our toughness."

Fairview will try to get back in win column on Wednesday night at home against Dakota Ridge.

Jon Yunt: yuntj@dailycamera.com or twitter.com/JonEYunt


At Fairview

Highlands Ranch (3-1) 6 8 3 1 — 18

Fairview (1-2) 1 1 1 1 — 4

Goals — Fairview: Colton Campbell 2, Chase Brucher, Jake Sheerin.

Assists — Fairview: Sheerin.

Goalies (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) — Fairview: Ben Kellond (48-18-9).