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ARVADA — It’s still safe to schedule Boulder High School for Homecoming.

After winning their first three games of the season in impressive fashion, the Panthers limped back to Boulder on Friday night.

Boulder fell to 3-2 overall and 0-1 in the North Metro League after a 48-0 loss to Ralston Valley at the North Area Athletic Complex.

The Panthers were a Homecoming victim for the second consecutive week, having played the role in a 21-0 loss at Mountain Range on Sept. 23.

After getting outscored 69-0 in back-to-back defeats, the Boulder coaching staff challenged the upperclassmen to take a stand.

“We have to focus on the fact that we’re still 3-2 and good things are ahead of us, not only in league play but for the whole season,” BHS coach Jeff Santee said. “It’s a good challenge for our seniors, and that’s what we talked about in the locker room. It would be real easy to go in the tank. We’ve got to have a better focus during preparation and for 48 minutes on Friday night in order to play with good teams and eventually beat good teams.”

The sixth-ranked Mustangs (5-0, 1-0) look like a very good team capable of repeating as conference champions and perhaps making a run at the 5A state title.

The party got started early as senior running back Reilly Hauptman scored on a 72-yard touchdown run on the first play from scrimmage to stake the home team to a 7-0 lead 17 seconds into the game.

Jake DeGrace added a 19-yard touchdown run on a fourth-and-3, and starting quarterback Colton Loyd connected on a 78-yard touchdown pass Keenan Gibson to make the score 21-0 with 46.3 seconds left in the first quarter.

Ralton Valley racked up 216 yards of offense in the first quarter while holding Boulder to 9 yards.

“We had probably four or five critical opportunities to get a stop or make a big play and we didn’t respond at all,” Santee said.

Demetrius Kennedy opened the second quarter with a 15-yard run for the visitors’ initial first down, but the momentum was short-lived.

On the final drive of the half, Loyd picked the Panthers apart and connected on a 10-yard touchdown to Hauptman with 14.3 seconds remaining to make the score 34-0 at the intermission.

Hauptman didn’t touch the ball in the second half and still finished with three touchdowns and 119 yards rushing.

Ralston Valley did its best to take the foot off the gas, using three quarterbacks and 12 different runners, but still racked up 500 yards of offense while holding Boulder to 59 yards rushing and no passing yards.

“Unfortunately, we didn’t respond. It’s real disappointing because we’ve been working hard and we had a decent week of practice,” Santee said. “Against a team that’s deep, well-coached and physically bigger and stronger than you to begin with, you’ve got to be physical.”

The Mustangs, who were coming off a 35-0 victory over Rocky Mountain, have only allowed 20 points all seasons with four shutouts in five games.

“They’re stout defensively. I don’t know if their offense is better than they were last year, but their defense is,” Santee said. “They’re not real fancy. They run the same offense they did last year and probably five years ago. We’ve just got to prepare better and be more physical.”

The Panthers will lick their wounds before hitting the road for a third consecutive week against Pomona next Friday on the same field at the NAAC.

Ralston Valley 48, Boulder 0


Boulder 0 0 0 0 — 0

Ralston Valley 21 13 14 0 — 48


First Quarter

Ralston Valley — Reilly Hauptman 72 run (Shad Wright kick).

Ralston Valley — Jake DeGrace 19 run (kick failed).

Ralston Valley — Keenan Gibson 78 pass from Colton Loyd (Dominic Vessa run).

Second Quarter

Ralston Valley — Hauptman 1 run (kick failed).

Ralston Valley — Hauptman 10 pass from Loyd (Wright kick).

Third Quarter

Ralston Valley — DeGrace 10 run (Wright kick).

Ralston Valley — Luke Rockwood 1 run (Wright kick).


First downs 2 22

Rushes-yards 26-59 36-304

Passing yards 0 196

Comp-Att-Int 0-3-0 9-12-0

Punts-Avg. 6-33.0 0-0

Fumbles-Lost 1-0 0-0

Penalties-Yards 3-13 4-30


RUSHING — Boulder: Kennedy 13-24, Swisher 8-5, McCarthy 1-0, Brown 4-30; Ralston Valley: Hauptman 10-119, Witt 4-28, Svejcar 1-4, Buys 2-3, DeGrace 4-45, Hestera 1-5, Vessa 1-14, Russell 5-44, Rockwood 2-9, Clark 1-16, Leech 1-7, Knipp 1-13, Day 3-(-)3.

PASSING — Boulder: Swisher 0-1-0, 0 yards; Ralston Valley: Loyd 8-11-0, 156 yards, Knipp 1-1-0, 40 yards.

RECEIVING — Ralston Valley: Gibson 4-115, Eberle 1-14, Svejcar 1-40, Witt 1-9, Hauptman 2-18.