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LONGMONT — The brief second-half appearance by the Trojans starters was merely cursory. This game was over before halftime.
Tyler DeBarris picked off three passes and returned one for a touchdown and sophomore Joe Lopez recorded three bone-jarring sacks and another interception and recovered a fumble to lead Longmont’s defense.
On the other side of the ball, Forrest Wetterstrom completed 14-of-15 pass attempts for 186 yards and four touchdowns, DJ Fowler carried six times for 113 yards and Braden Hitchcock and Josh Cogdill combined for 11 receptions and 155 yards.
Not a bad effort as the Trojans rolled visiting Greeley Central 49-0 on Thursday night at Everly-Montgomery Field. As lopsided as the final score was, the game really wasn’t even that close.
But leave it to perfectionist Longmont, ranked No. 3 in Class 4A, to find fault with the effort.
“That definitely wasn’t our best performance,” DeBarris said. “We played better against Wheat Ridge, and Greeley Central is a good team but we just had better athletes.”
The Trojans improved to a perfect 5-0 on the season as they picked up their first Northern Conference victory. They have outscored the opposition by an average score of 41-8 and have triggered a running clock in three of five games; the mercy rule kicked in this time with more than 4 minutes remaining in the first half.
Greeley Central (1-4, 1-1) came in doing what it does — throwing the football — but a little early success quickly turned into an increasingly ugly spin down the drain.
After the Wildcats crossed into Longmont territory on the game’s opening series, DeBarris intercepted his first pass.
Wetterstrom then hit Hitchcock on three consecutive pass plays, including an 18-yarder over the middle for the initial score.
On the next defensive series, Lopez and Marcus Vasquez both recorded sacks before Lopez stepped in front of Shawn Dixon’s pass. Fowler capped the nine-play, 82-yard drive with a 4-yard touchdown run with 1:28 remaining in the first quarter.
But Longmont wasn’t satisfied just yet. DeBarris picked off his second pass and scored from 7 yards out with 26.4 seconds still showing, and then Isaac Sprecher forced a fumble that Lopez recovered on Greeley West’s next offensive play.
One play later, a 12-yard strike from Wetterstrom to Hitchcock gave the Trojans a 29-0 lead with time still left in the first quarter.
“Our defense came out with intensity, we knew we had to execute and we came out and did what we had to do,” Lopez said. “We’re not going to get complacent. We want to go through the whole season just like this.”
Greeley West’s offensive drives in the first half ended with an interception, interception, interception, fumble, interception and three-and-out before a punt. Longmont allowed just 5 yards rushing in the half and 15 total in the game.
“We honestly played pretty bad during the first two drives. We let them drive on them but then we got lucky and made some turnovers happen,” said senior linebacker Cris Chacon, who was named homecoming king during the halftime celebration. “We just do our thing.”
Next up for Longmont is winless Thompson Valley followed by Niwot before facing No. 7 Greeley West on the road.
“The fire is in our bellies. We love coming out here being the ones that people want to be,” DeBarris said.
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LONGMONT 49, GREELEY CENTRAL 0
At Everly-Montgomery Field
Greeley Central (1-4, 1-1) 0 0 0 0 — 0
Longmont (5-0, 1-0) 29 14 6 0 — 49
Longmont — Braden Hitchcock 18 pass from Forrest Wetterstrom (Miles Bergner kick), 9:36
Longmont — DJ Fowler 4 run (Hitchcock run), 1:28.
Longmont — Tyler DeBarris 7 interception return (Bergner kick), 0:26.4.
Longmont — Hitchcock 12 pass from Wetterstrom (Bergner kick), 13.6.
Longmont — Fowler 47 run (Bergner kick), 8:46.
Longmont — Hitchcock 22 pass from Wetterstrom (Bergner kick), 4:20.
Longmont — Fowler 11 pass from Wetterstrom (run failed), 8:30.
First downs 10 17
Rushes-yards 9-15 21-131
Passing yards 157 186
Comp-Att-Int 16-30-4 17-18-0
Punts-Avg. 2-25.5 1-23
Fumbles-Lost 3-1 2-0
Penalties-Yards 3-14 3-25
RUSHING — Greeley Central: Dominic Delacruz 3-20, Emmet Secret 1-5, Dixon 7-1, Forest Desmond 5-(minus 1), William Sandau 2-(minus 1), Guyett 1-(minus 9); Longmont: Fowler 6-113, Drake Greeott 6-26, Wetterstrom 5-14, Sigg 4-(minus 22).
PASSING (comp-att-int-yards) — Greeley Central: Shawn Dixon 14-23-4-139, Brady Guyett 2-6-0-18, F. Desmond 0-1-0-0; Longmont: Wetterstrom 14-15-0-186, Clint Sigg 3-3-0-16.
RECEIVING — Greeley Central: Travis Lechman 3-68, F. Desmond 3-27, Anthony Almaguer 2-15, J. Desmond 3-13, Isaiah Nunez 1-10, Anthony Seier 1-6, Sandau 1-6, Shane O’Connell 1-3, Julina Retana 1-2; Longmont: Josh Cogdill 6-87, Hitchcock 5-68, Fowler 2-26, Spencer Zuege 2-13, Cole Burch 1-5, Duncan McCabe 1-3.