LOVELAND — Doug Johnson doesn’t just go around diving into things for no reason. Friday’s 31-27 win over Mountain View was enough to send the Longmont Trojans football coach careening into his players’ post-game huddle.
What it took to provoke such a giddy reaction, in Johnson’s words, was the entire team rallying for a “together win.”
“We haven’t won very many games and we were pretty excited to get one against a very, very good Mountain View team,” Johnson said. “Our players did a great job of stepping up.”
For the Trojans to win the high-scoring, back-and-forth Northern Conference opener, Johnson also said they needed a courageous effort from senior quarterback Forrest Wetterstrom.
The Northern Conference opener for both teams was an offensive battle. Wetterstrom was the leader for his offense, running for 174 yards, including scoring on runs of 27 and 60 yards.
After starting the season 1-2 with a couple ugly losses, Wetterstrom said Friday’s win was about the Trojans vindicating themselves.
“This win was to prove something to ourselves,” Wetterstrom said. “We needed to prove that we can hang in there with the top-tier teams.”
The Trojans trailed by three after failing on three two-point conversion attempts — a fumbled high snap, an incomplete pass and a short run — in the first half. But a late interception by Trojans freshman David Speidel and a 49-yard Miles Bergner field goal sent the teams into the halftime break tied 21-21.
The Trojans edged the Mountain Lions 7-6 in the third quarter thanks to Wetterstrom blocking an extra point try. Bergner hit another field goal in the fourth quarter, this time from 23 yards, that gave them breathing room.
“Miles was huge. He can kick it,” Johnson said. “He’s got our school record and I think he’s good out to 63, 64.”
The Mountain Lions offense beat the Trojans with a double-pass trick play and the deep ball in the first half. Wetterstrom told his team at halftime that the Mountain Lion offense lucked out and that it wouldn’t happen again in the second.
Trojans junior tailback Drake Greeott ran for 61 yards and freshman Logan Goodner added 45. Both came up with key first-down runs on the Trojans’ final, lead-protecting drive.
But it was the Trojans defense that shut the door in the fourth quarter. The Mountain Lions amassed 446 yards of total offense, but the Longmont held them scoreless in the final frame.
Safeguarding the narrow lead, the Trojans stopped the Mountain Lions on fourth and three at the 10-yard line.
Later on, junior defensive lineman Joe Lopez came up with the biggest of his three sacks on second and 10 with 1:31 left in the game. The play pushed the Mountain Lions back 17 yards and all but killed their last-ditch drive.
“We came in at halftime, we fixed things up. We came out as a team and we executed,” Lopez said. “We did what we had to do.”
Lopez said the Trojans will use the momentum from Friday’s win when they face sixth-ranked Windsor (3-1, 1-0) next week.
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LONGMONT 31, MOUNTAIN VIEW 27
At Mountain View H.S.
Longmont (2-2, 1-0) 6 15 7 3 — 31
Mountain View (3-1, 0-1) 14 7 6 0 — 27
Mountain View — Levi Hyatt 56 pass from Austin Ryan (Nick Olson kick).
Longmont — Forrest Wetterstrom 27 run (2-point snap fumbled).
Mountain View — Connor Logan 11 pass from Adam Baumann (Olson kick).
Longmont — Miles Rivera 1 run (2-point pass incomplete).
Mountain View — Baumann 2 run (Olson kick).
Longmont — Eli Sullivan 5 run (2-point run failed).
Longmont — Miles Bergner 49 field goal.
Mountain View — Josh Sandin 22 pass from Baumann (kick blocked).
Longmont — Wetterstrom 60 run (Bergner kick).
Longmont — Bergner 23 field goal.
First downs 23 22
Rushes-yards 46-310 40-144
Passing yards 49 302
Comp-Att-Int 6-11-1 15-31-302
Fumbles-Lost 0-0 1-0
Penalties-Yards 5-41 7-54
RUSHING — Longmont: Drake Greeott 9-61, Forrest Wetterstrom 18-174, Logan Goodner 9-45, Eli Sullivan 3-9, Miles Rivera 5-15, Joe Lopez 2-6; Mountain View: Jeremiah Clymer 21-110, Adam Baumann 16-23, Connor Logan 4-11.
PASSING (comp-att-int-yards) — Longmont: Wetterstrom 5-10-1-38, Austin Kemp 1-1-0-11; Mountain View: Baumann 15-31-2-246, Austin Ryan 1-1-0-56.
RECEIVING — Longmont: Rivera 1-15, Spencer Zuege 3-18, Mitch Speidel 1-4, Chris Scanlon 1-11; Mountain View: Tyler Kress 3-116, Clymer 1-12, Logan 5-53, Ryan 2-56, Cody Perkins 1-21, Josh Sandin 3-32, Tommy Guffey 1-11.