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LONGMONT — Silver Creek’s initial defensive series ended the same way that so many more would on Thursday night — with a forced turnover. The first one was just a bit fancier than the rest.
Raptors cornerback Angel Sanchez tipped a pass from Frederick’s Jaron Balman and Trey Fleming was there for the interception. It would turn out to be one of seven turnovers for the visiting Warriors, and that proved to be too many with Silver Creek’s high-powered offense operating on the other side of the ball.
“Turnovers are a huge part of the game, and it’s pretty hard to lose when you force seven turnovers,” said Fleming, who also recovered a fumble.
The Raptors rebounded from a close loss in the opening week to thump the visiting Frederick Warriors 42-12 in the BoCoPreps.com Game of the Week at Everly-Montgomery Field.
Silver Creek quarterback Austin Apodaca threw for 224 yards and two touchdowns and ran for one more, Ryan Rankin hauled in five receptions for 118 yards and two scores and fullback Nathan Dunlavy ran like the linebacker his is, scoring on two of his three carries.
Apodaca, who gave a verbal commitment with Washington State over the summer, already has 620 yards passing in two games.
The Raptors scored after five of Frederick’s seven turnovers, including two touchdowns within 12 seconds of each other in the second quarter.
“We talked all week that we had to get some takeaways and they responded,” Silver Creek coach Mike Apodaca said. “It gives your offense a short field and it’s just a good thing.”
Despite the lopsided final score, it could have been better (or worse, depending on perspective) as Silver Creek receivers dropped at least seven passes that hit their hands, two of those in the end zone.
“We have to play pitch and catch better,” the coach said simply.
While the Warriors had their troubles, they never seemed out of the game until the fourth quarter.
Dalton Hall rushed 15 times for 101 yards and Jacob Sleeth picked up another 96 yards on just eight carries, most being pitches or tosses to the outside.
After the interception on Frederick’s opening drive, Austin Apodaca hooked up with Rankin on a long pass over the middle of the field. Rankin took it from there, turning on the jets and weaving in and out of would-be tacklers before dropping a shoulder to cross the goal line.
“I was just thinking that I wanted to get to the end zone and I wasn’t going to let anybody get in the way,” Rankin said. “I think our team needed it.”
Leading 14-6 in the second quarter, Andre Apocada blitzed on fourth down and caused Balman to lose his grip on the ball. Ben Woo Ching was there to recover, setting up Dunlavy’s 18-yard touchdown run.
On the ensuing kickoff, Frederick’s Xavier Lindberg fumbled the ball away after a short kick and Colin Gibbs jumped on it.
Not wasting any time, Apodaca hit Rankin for a 19-yard touchdown pass on the first play following the turnover.
“Turnovers killed us. We gave them four fumbles on kick returns and they scored every time,” Hall said.
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SILVER CREEK 42, FREDERICK 12
At Everly-Montgomery Field
Frederick (1-1) 6 0 0 6 — 12
Silver Creek (1-1) 14 14 14 0 — 42
Silver Creek — Ryan Rankin 44 pass from Austin Apodaca (Ryan Templeton kick), 7:50.
Silver Creek — Apodaca 21 run (Templeton kick), 2:57
Frederick — Jaron Balman 1 run (kick blocked), 0:02.
Silver Creek — Nathan Dunlavy 18 run (Templeton kick), 7:01.
Silver Creek — Rankin 19 pass from Apodaca (Templeton kick), 6:49.
Silver Creek — Dunlavy 1 run (Templeton kick), 3:39.
Silver Creek — Ian McNabb 6 run (Templeton kick), 0:21.
Frederick — Balman 1 run (run failed), 7:28.
First downs 12 18
Rushes-yards 45-234 32-113
Passing yards 11 224
Comp-Att-Int 3-11-1 12-26-2
Punts-Avg. 5-32.6 4-43
Fumbles-Lost 7-6 2-1
Penalties-Yards 7-52 5-45
RUSHING — Frederick: Dalton Hall 15-101, Jacob Sleeth 8-96, Balman 14-16, Ryan Miller 4-8, KC Rivera 2-7, Xavier Lindberg 2-6; Silver Creek: McNabb 16-56, Dunlavy 3-21, Apodaca 2-19, Colin Gibbs 7-10, Anthony Emberley 3-8, Ben Sjobakken 1-(minus 1).
PASSING (comp-att-int-yards) — Frederick: Balman 3-11-1-11; Silver Creek: Apodaca 12-16-2-224.
RECEIVING — Frederick: Hall 1-11, Rivera 1-0, Austin Kearney 1-0; Silver Creek: Rankin 5-118, KC Lord 4-52, Greg Reynolds 2-39, Wyatt Knechtel 1-15.