HENDERSON — The hangover was present. And it showed for the Monarch football team Friday night.
After a big win over rival Broomfield last week, Coyotes coach Phil Bravo expected a letdown.
“It was absolutely a bit sloppy there at the beginning,” he said. “We did not execute very well early and it showed.”
Luckily for the Class 4A second-ranked Coyotes, the lull lasted only a quarter.
After a scoreless first quarter in which they lost two fumbles, the Coyotes finally awoke and returned to form. Using their ground and pound offense, the Coyotes scored on all three of their second-quarter possessions en route to a 34-0 Mountain Plains League victory over the Prairie View Thunderhawks.
Jared Meschke rushed for 150 yards and three touchdowns while sophomore Ethan Marks added 100 yards, including a 62-yard touchdown scamper in the fourth quarter.
“It felt great busting (that run) out,” said Marks. “But I have to give the credit to my O-line. They opened up a big hole for me.”
Senior safety Wes Moon keyed a Coyotes defense that allowed only 148 yards and forced four turnovers.
“Our defense was outstanding tonight,” said Moon, who had an interception and two forced fumbles. “We did a great job shutting them down tonight. It was a good win for us.”
Bravo was impressed with the play of his defense.
“Defensively we did a heck of a job. We were flying around and making plays,” he said. “We felt pretty good about the play of our defense.”
The MHS offense churned out 338 yards and even converted a rare passing score. On Monarch’s first possession, senior quarterback Joey Bata executed a perfect play-action pass that fullback Gus Sawicki finished when he barreled over a Thunderhawk defender at the goal line.
Bravo was quick to point out the effort of place kicker Jamie Falloon who did an excellent job of keeping the ball out of the hands of dangerous Prairie View playmaker Jordon Vaden.
“Jamie has done a great job all season long and he deserves a lot of the credit on special teams,” said Bravo.
The Coyotes will play their fourth straight road game when they travel to Dakota Ridge on Oct. 1. Bravo expects a tough game from the 0-4 Eagles, who are experiencing a down year.
“They have great tradition there and they aren’t going to be happy with where they are at,” the coach said. “They will come out fighting.”
Monarch 34, Prairie View 0
At Prairie View HS
Monarch (4-0) 0 20 7 7 — 34
Prairie View (2-2) 0 0 0 0 — 0
Monarch — Gus Sawicki 10 pass from Joey Bata (Jamie Falloon kick).
Monarch — Meschke 2 run (Falloon kick).
Monarch — Meschke 3 run (Falloon kick failed).
Monarch — Meschke 35 run (Falloon kick).
Monarch — Ethan Marks 62 run (Falloon kick).
First downs 15 11
Rushing yardage 48-311 36-118
Passing yardage 27 52
Passing 2-3-0 5-13-2
Punting 1-28 2-33
Fumbles-fumbles lost 3-2 4-2
Penalty yardage 4-30 5-50
RUSHING — Monarch: Meschke 21-150, Marks 11-100, Sawicki 4-8, Blazon 5-32, Soole 3-10, Bata 1-11, Watson 3-(-3); Prairie View: Barone 7-38, Vaden 9-29, Losolla 6-28, Montoya 8-13, Anderson 5-12, Hackney 1-(-2).
PASSING (comp-att-int-yards) — Monarch: Bata 2-3-0-27; Anderson 4-8-2-23, Hackney 1-3-0-29, Vaden 0-2-0-0.
RECEIVING — Monarch: Soole 1-17, Sawicki 1-10; Prairie View: Vaden 3-40, Torres 1-7, Alexis 1-5.