LOVELAND — Moments of beauty, and moments that made it tough to look in the mirror.
The Longmont High School football team emerged humbled and happy from Friday’s assignment, with a 43-29 victory at Thompson Valley propelling the No. 3 Trojans to 6-0 on the season, 2-0 in the Northern Conference.
At its best, Longmont enjoyed some stellar work, like when Forrest Wetterstrom’s perfectly lobbed pass to Braden Hitchcock led to a 58-yard scoring play, or when Wetterstrom went airborne at the end of his 32-yard TD dash in the fourth quarter.
But the film will show more than a few groaners for the Trojans. Everything from a 9-yard punt to two fumbles to 12 penalties got in the way of what looked to be a blowout when Longmont took a 15-0 lead after a quarter. On one Thompson Valley drive after a fumble, Longmont lost its composure, committing an interference penalty and jumping offsides on a 4th-and-2 situation.
Thompson Valley’s Oby Rios came up with an 8-yard scoring pass from Spencer Shook, and the score was a taut 15-13 for the Trojans with 4 minutes, 43 seconds left before halftime. Longmont settled down and rang up the next four touchdowns, and by the final whistle Wetterstrom had run for two scores and thrown three TD passes.
Reilly Mau also reeled in a TD pass of 8 yards.
“This is a learning experience. You get too many wins in a row, you start getting too complacent,” Hitchcock said. “You start thinking you are the best around, but you aren’t the best until you prove it. We’re fixing things we need to fix, and come out next week and play a lot better.”
“We did get a win in the Northern Conference, and we should be happy with that,” said Longmont coach Doug Johnson. “But we know we were sporadic, and I did a poor job managing the game. I saw (Thompson Valley), and they played tough, hard-nosed football. I knew we would be challenged, but I thought we’d execute better, and they did some things that took us out of that.,”
Wetterstrom completed just nine passes, but that part of the offense still generated 193 yards. D.J. Fowler ran 14 times for 64 yards, Hitchcock ran 10 times for 55 yards and Wetterstrom came up with 47 yards on 15 carries.
Longmont 43, Thompson Valley 29
At Patterson Stadium
Longmont (6-0, 2-0) 15 7 7 14 — 43
Thompson Valley (4-0, 3-0) 0 13 0 16 — 29
Longmont — Braden Hitchcock 58 pass from Forrest Wetterstrom (Hitchcock run), 7:05
Longmont — D.J. Fowler 2 run (Miles Bergner kick), 1:28
Th. Valley — Spencer Shook 1 run (kick failed), 7:07
Th. Valley — Oby Rios 8 pass from Shook (Cassie Baalke kick), 4:43
Longmont — Wetterstrom 1 run (Bergner kick), 1:13
Longmont — Hitchcock 18 pass from Wetterstrom (Bergner kick), 5:40
Longmont — Reilly Mau 8 pass from Wetterstrom (Bergner kick), 11:14
Longmont — Wetterstrom 32 run (Bergner kick), 5:04
Th. Valley — Faithin Williams 60 pass from Shook (Rios pass from Shook), 2:18
Th. Valley — Francisco Marquez 62 punt return (Gabe Garcia pass from Shook), :53
First downs 18 9
Rushes-yards 47-169 25-(minus 6)
Passing yards 193 206
Comp-Att-Int 9-17-0 17-32-1
Punts-Avg. 5-32.0 7-35.4
Fumbles-Lost 3-2 3-0
Penalties-Yards 12-107 10-101
RUSHING — Longmont: Fowler 14-64, Hitchcock 10-55, Wetterstrom 15-47, Josh Cogdill 1-6, Noah Tank 1-4, Kevin White 1-2, Dylan Ponzar 2-minus 4, Team 2-minus 4; Thompson Valley: Marquez 4-minus 5, Team 1-2, Lee Chieppo 1-0, Drew Meintzer 1-1, Rios 3-minus 2, Shook 15-minus 2.
PASSING (comp-att-int-yards) — Longmont: Wetterstrom 9-17-0-193; Thompson Valley: Shook 17-32-1-206.
RECEIVING — Longmont: Hitchcock 4-117, Mau 3-40, Cogdill 1-26, Cole Burch 1-10; Thompson Valley: Williams 3-75, Rios 5-50, Darryn Highland 4-50, Meintzer 4-21, Ricky Ashwood 1-10.