LONGMONT — Even when it’s having an uncharacteristically off night, the Silver Creek football team finds ways to score points.
Without their top receiver and with quarterback Austin Apodaca not on the top of his game, the Raptors got a big boost from senior wideout Greg Reynolds in a 54-7 win over Skyline on Friday.
“I had to replace Ryan Rankin; he’s unbelievable,” Reynolds said. “I was focused, I was ready to go, I really wanted to get this win, so I had to step up.
“It was really weird because I was playing his position and I’m so used to seeing him across the field. I’m used to him getting most of the balls and the most games. It felt great to finally get that game where you just do awesome.”
Leading the team to a record-setting night, Reynolds caught eight passes for 231 yards and three touchdowns while Rankin rested a sore ankle on the sideline. He helped the Raptors to a school-record 54 points.
Entering the game, Reynolds had 31 catches for 523 yards. He hadn’t had a 100-yard game since the first game of the season.It was a good night for Reynolds to break out, as Apodaca wasn’t his usual self. The senior quarterback completed 12 of 18 passes for 294 yards and four touchdowns. But, he also threw three interceptions, including two on the Raptors’ first two drives of the game.
“It was kind of one of those games where not everything goes your way,” Apodaca said. “But we just have to go on to the next week and have a short memory. That’s on me but we got a win and that’s the biggest thing.”
But even at his worst, Apodaca is still good. With a 10-yard pass to sophomore Brock Ricks in the first half, he passed the 6,000-yard mark for his career (by far the most in Raptors history). He also broke his own single-season school passing record Friday night.
“The stats are just something that goes along with your offense,” Apodaca said. “That’s the last thing I wanna worry about is stats. Everything that happens is owed to the line — in the running game, the passing game and in the defensive line to get stops.”
Raptors senior tailback Ian McNabb ran for 155 yards, including a 75-yard touchdown dash in the second quarter. He also had some nice words for his blockers.
“The linemen did a hell of a job, there were huge holes all game,” McNabb said. “I owe it all to my line. I didn’t even get touched on some of those plays.
“Every play is designed to score a touchdown so when we all do our job good things happen.”
The game was closer than expected in the first half, with the Raptors leading 21-7 at the break. But they scored two touchdowns in the first 3 minutes of the third quarter to pull away.
Falcons head coach Kevin Rice said the Falcons turned the ball over and missed tackles in the second half.
“I thought the first half we played well, played hard and competed, and we’re proud of that,” Rice said. “We didn’t capitalize on our great field position in the first quarter and when you let those opportunities go against a good team, it can come back to haunt you, and it did.”
Beating the 3A Northern League-leading Raptors was a tall task for the Falcons, especially with junior Zach Gonzales playing his first full game as the starting quarterback.
“I felt like I did a lot better than I expected, but there’s definitely a lot of things I need to work on,” said Gonzales, who threw for 154 yards but four interceptions.
The Raptors overcame their mistakes against the Falcons, but will need to have a better start when they try to lock up an outright league title next week against.
“I don’t know that we came out in the first half the way that we needed to,” Silver Creek coach Mike Apodaca said. “If we’re going to do what this team wants to do, we’re going to have to come out in the first half a little better.”
NOTES: The Raptors’ previous single-game scoring record was 52 points, which they scored against Windsor in 2004 and two weeks ago against Erie. … The win also was the second largest margin of victory in Silver Creek history. The Raptors beat Battle Mountain 48-0 in 2003.
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Silver Creek 54, Skyline 7
At Everly-Montgomery Field
Silver Creek (8-1, 4-0) 7 14 20 13 — 54
Skyline (1-8, 0-4) 0 7 0 0 — 7
Silver Creek — Greg Reynolds 19 pass from Austin Apodaca (Ryan Templeton kick).
Silver Creek — Apodaca 6 run (Templeton kick).
Silver Creek — Ian McNabb 75 run (Templeton kick).
Skyline — Jordan McEntee 1 run (Luciano Quesada kick).
Silver Creek — Reynolds 9 pass from Apodaca (Templeton kick).
Silver Creek — Anthony Emberley 1 run (Templeton kick).
Silver Creek — Reynolds 66 pass from Apodaca (kick blocked).
Silver Creek — Emberley 24 pass from Apodaca (Templeton kick).
Silver Creek — CJ Moore 36 run (no kick).
First downs 10 13
Rushes-yards 21-189 36-111
Passing yards 294 154
Comp-Att-Int 12-18-3 10-29-4
Punts-Avg. 0-0 3-31.3
Fumbles-Lost 3-0 3-2
Penalties-Yards 8-79 7-65
RUSHING — Silver Creek: McNabb 11-115, Apodaca 4- (-2), James Whitmore 1-20, Emberley 2-8, Kyle Kent 3-8; Skyline: McEntee 12-40, Israel Valdez 5-21, Zach Gonzales 8-13, Trey Harrison 9-28, Luciano Quesada 2-9.
PASSING (comp-att-int-yards) — Silver Creek: Apodaca 12-18-3-294; Skyline: Gonzales 10-28-4-154.
RECEIVING — Silver Creek: Reynolds 8-231, Scott Platt 1-10, Wyatt Knechtel 1-11, KC Lord 2-42; Skyline: Austin Gutierrez 6-104, Valdez 1-16, Harrison 1-14, Quesada 2-30..