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LAKEWOOD — In recent weeks, Monarch football coach Phil Bravo has noticed a disturbing trend — his players stopped washing their white road uniforms between games.

It could simply boil down to superstition for the Coyotes, who improved to 5-0 with a 42-14 drubbing of Dakota Ridge on Saturday, but Bravo doesn’t think so.

“They’re just throwing them in their lockers until the next game,” said Bravo, whose wife now refuses to board the team bus because of the stench. “They’re like, ‘Why wash them? We’re just going to wear them again and get them dirty again next week.'”

Monarch’s all-white road uniforms have put in their fair share of time on the field this season.

The No. 2-ranked Coyotes extended their unbeaten streak to five games Saturday, despite the fact that they have yet to play a home game.

In a word, Monarch (5-0, 2-0) has been filthy in their whites.

In five road games this season, Monarch has outscored its opponents 195-35.

Saturday, the Coyotes racked up 395 yards on offense in the first half alone while blanking Dakota Ridge (0-5, 0-2).

Running back Jared Meschke ran roughshod over the Eagles at Jeffco Stadium, scoring all three of Monarch’s first-half touchdowns on runs of 13, 2 and 27 yards — all to the left side — and had a fourth touchdown called back on a holding penalty.

“The left side of the line really blocked well and created holes for us,” Meschke said. “In that first half, we killed them statistically, but it didn’t show on the scoreboard the way it should have.”

Despite the lopsided win, Bravo said the penalties against his offense will need to be addressed.

“We had 46 plays, 21 points, 395 yards and six holding penalties in the first half,” Bravo said. “A good first half should have been a lot better. We only had four holding penalties all year coming into this game.”

In the third quarter, the Coyotes picked up where they left off, with senior running back Alex Blazon racing into the end zone from 32 yards out to give Monarch a 28-0 lead.

Monarch’s starting defense gave up only one touchdown, but not before it contributed to scoring one of its own.

In the third quarter, senior linebacker Brian Wood — whom Bravo called the clear defensive player of the game — tipped an attempted lateral pass from Dakota Ridge quarterback Zach Koch and recovered the ball, returning it 50 yards for the score.

Down 35-0, the Eagles finally got on the board with a 37-yard touchdown pass from Koch to wideout Landon Johnson midway through the third quarter.

Meschke answered five minutes later on a 25-yard touchdown run — his fourth of the game.

Monarch has a short recovery week before hosting its first home game of the season this Friday against Standley Lake.

“It’s about time we got a home game,” Meschke said. “After five games on the road, we’re ready to come home to a home crowd. We’re looking forward to it.”

Monarch 42, Dakota Ridge 14

At Jeffco Stadium

Monarch (5-0, 2-0) 7 14 21 0 — 42

Dakota Ridge (0-5, 0-2) 0 0 7 7 — 14


Monarch — Meschke 13 run (Falloon kick).

Monarch — Meschke 2 run (Falloon kick).

Monarch — Meschke 27 run (Falloon kick).

Monarch — Blazon 32 run (Falloon kick).

Monarch — Wood 50 fumble return (Falloon kick).

Dakota Ridge — Johnson 37 pass from Koch (kick good).

Monarch — Meschke 25 run (Falloon kick).

Dakota Ridge — Romero 1 run (kick good).