LONGMONT — Having started the season with three lopsided losses, the Longmont Christian football team may have been overlooked by some coming into Friday’s matchup with Rocky Mountian Lutheran.
But the Warriors made sure to make a statement early that they aren’t bagging their season.
Longmont Christian put up 33 points on the scoreboard in the first quarter alone, opening a 20 point advantage after the first 12 minutes of play en route to a 55-28 win.
Quaterback Michael Rampson ran all over the Eagles, rushing for 196 yards on 15 carries and four touchdowns on the night, three coming in the huge first quarter.
“He was our starting tailback last year and did great job this summer learning his technique at quarterback camps,” said head coach Jerry Martin. “He has great feet and is really hard to tackle in the open field. And he’s still a running back at heart, I think.”
After the opening barrage, Martin decided to take some of his starters out of the game to lessen the chance of a blowout. But Rocky Mountian Lutheran refused to go away, storming back to make big plays and forcing Martin to get his stars back in.
“We went into the locker room and refocused at halftime,” said Martin. “We came out and got our momentum back after that, and were able to close.”
The Warriors, who put up only 22 points in their first three games combined, continued their explosion in the third quarter. Aaron Rodarte caught a short touchdown toss from Rampson, and soon after Trevor Dahl intercepted a Rocky lateral and took it 55 yards to the house for another score.
LONGMONT CHRISTIAN 55, ROCKY MOUNTAIN LUTHERAN 28
At Longmont Christian H.S.
R.M. Lutheran (0-5, 0-1) 13 9 0 6 — 28
Longmont Chr. (1-3, 1-0) 33 6 16 0 — 55
Longmont Christian — Cole Moffit 16 pass from Michael Rampson (Josiah Bolyard kick).
Longmont Christian — Rampson 14 run (kick no good).
Longmont Christian — Rampson 7 run (Rampson run).
Rocky Mountain Lutheran — Spawed 75 run (Bohn kick).
Longmont Christian — Rampson 80 run (kick no good).
Rocky Mountain Lutheran — Weidersburg 90 run (kick no good).
Longmont Christian — Aaron Rodarte 85 run (kick no good).
Longmont Christian — Rampson 52 run (kick no good).
Rocky Mountain Lutheran — Spawed 66 run (kick good)
Longmont Christian — Rodarte 4 pass from Rampson (Rampson run).
Longmont Christian — Trevor Dahl 55 fumble return (Rampson run).
Rocky Mountain Lutheran — Cotharn 2 run (kick no good).
RUSHING — Longmont Christian (attempts–yards): Rampson 15-196, Rodarte 13-78, Liske 12-44, Wise 1-9, Thorne 1-0.
PASSING (comp-att-int-yards) — Longmont Christian: Rampson 4-8-1-56; Rodarte 0-7-0.
RECEIVING –Longmont Christian: Moffitt 1-13, Bolyard 1-20, Liske 1-17, Rodarte 1-6.
CLEAR CREEK 26, LYONS 14
IDAHO SPRINGS — Tied at halftime, Lyons went scoreless in the second half to fall to 2-2 on the season and 1-1 in 1A Metro League play.
Logan Watson scored a pair of second-quarter touchdowns for Lyons at Clear Creek’s Golddiggers Stadium. His first score came on a 65-yard interception return, and his second came on a 1-yard run.
But that is all the Lions could muster. Clear Creek improved to 3-1 overall and 2-0 in league play.
Lyons hosts Front Range Christian next week.
At Golddiggers Stadium
Lyons (2-2, 1-1) 0 14 0 0 — 14
Clear Creek 7 7 0 12 — 26
FORT MORGAN 27, SKYLINE 13
FORT MORGAN — The Skyline football team suffered its third loss in a row, falling to Fort Morgan on the road.
The Falcons now stand at 1-3 on the season and play at winless Centaurus next week.