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LONGMONT — If Doug Johnson looked really hard, he could find some areas where the Trojans need a bit of work.

On the whole, however, Longmont looked totally dominant in the season-opener against Arvada West on Monday night, taking control in the opening minutes and never relenting on the way to a 43-7 blowout victory at Everly-Montgomery Field.

“We made some mistakes in the first half that we need to shore up — the fumble and the blocked kick — but like I told them at halftime, I was extremely pleased with a lot of what they did,” coach Johnson said. “I’m a little bit shocked.”

The Trojans are expecting big things this season, but this performance was stunning.

Quarterback Forrest Wetterstrom completed 7-of-11 passes for 110 yards and touchdown, DJ Fowler carried nine times for 97 yards and the defense was unrelenting and hard-hitting, stuffing the Wildcats at every turn.

“The locker room was super intense before the game. We knew we were going to win this one,” linebacker Ty Tovar said. “We had the game in control in the first quarter.”

Longmont’s first half was near-perfection.

The Trojans kicked off and sent Arvada West packing on its first drive with a three-and-out. Back to punt, Russell Anderson tried to control a low, rolling snap but had to fall on the ball at the Wildcats’ 14-yard line. It was the first of several times in the opening quarter that Longmont would benefit from a very short field.

Two plays later, Fowler ran over some tacklers and fell across the goal line for the first score.

On Arvada West’s next series, Longmont linebacker Isaac Sprecher intercepted Marcus Culhane’s throw, giving the Trojans the ball at the Wildcats’ 22-yard line. Three plays later, Wetterstrom punched it in from 3 yards out.

The rout was on.

“The field position was a game-changer. Once we had it that close, all we had to do was execute,” Wetterstrom said. “Everybody, from the starters to the JV in the second half, did their part.”

The final numbers are lopsided, to say the least. In the first half, Longmont started, on average, on Arvada West’s 33-yard line in six drives; the Wildcats, meanwhile, started on their own 17 on average for six drives.

All told, the Trojans racked up 318 total yards to Arvada West’s 123, the bulk of which came in the final minutes of a running clock against Longmont’s backups.

The two mistakes were notable. After scoring quick touchdowns on short fields, Longmont put together a long, balanced drive, mixing run and pass while chewing up 70 yards on 14 plays down to the Wildcats’ goal line. But Fowler lost the handle on the ball and Arvada West recovered.

The blocked kick came on an extra point, and it certainly wasn’t costly but it wasn’t something Johnson wanted to see.

Other than that, Longmont, ranked No. 4 in Class 4A, could not have asked for more.

“I expected us to come out hard all four quarters,” Fowler said. “We are going to be happy with this tonight, but we have a lot to work on and we’re going to come out tomorrow looking at the next game.”

Brady Delander can be reached at bdelander@times-call.com.

LONGMONT 43, ARVADA WEST 7

At Everly-Montgomery Field

Arvada West (0-1) 0 0 0 7 — 7

Longmont (1-0) 20 7 16 0 — 43

SCORING SUMMARY

First Quarter

Longmont — DJ Fowler 8 run (Miles Bergner kick), 9:42.

Longmont — Forrest Wetterstrom (Bergner kick), 7:53.

Longmont — Braden Hitchcock 41 pass from Wetterstrom (kick blocked), 5:21.

Second Quarter

Longmont — Fowler 9 run (Bergner kick), 4:48.

Third Quarter

Longmont — Wetterstrom 5 run (Bergner kick), 10:01.

Longmont — Hitchcock 12 run (Bergner kick), 8:20.

Longmont — Safety (A-West downed ball in end zone), 3:25.

Fourth Quarter

Arvada West — Jesse Petrie 12 pass from Marcus Culhane (Nick Lucernoni kick), 4:52.

AW LONG

First downs 7 16

Rushes-yards 20-51 36-208

Passing yards 82 110

Comp-Att-Int 6-13-1 7-11-0

Punts-Avg. 4-25.5 0-0

Fumbles-Lost 1-1 1-1

Penalties-Yards 4-30 3-20

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING — Arvada West: Petrie 15-49, Culhane 5-2. Longmont: Fowler 9-97, Wetterstrom 11-28, Hitchcock 4-25, Josh Cogdill 1-28, Drake Greeot 4-17, Cole Burch 1-11, Miles Rivera 4-2, Jordan Bohms 1-1, Spencer Zuege 1-(minus 1).

PASSING (comp-att-int-yards) — Arvada West: Culhane 6-12-1-82. Longmont: Wetterstrom 7-11-0-110.

RECEIVING — Arvada West: Tyler Follett 2-35, Russell Anderson 1-22, Peter Erickson 1-12, Petrie 1-12, Taylor Vann 1-1. Longmont: Hitchcock 2-50, Jordan Bohms 2-40, Fowler 1-7, Burch 1-3, Reilly Mau 1-10.

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