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ARVADA — It’s no secret Fairview’s spread offense can put up gargantuan numbers. On Thursday night, most of those numbers were empty.

Despite 328 more yards through the air by sophomore quarterback Johnny Feauto, the Knights were thoroughly beaten 57-14 by No. 7 Ralston Valley at the North Area Athletic Complex.

“It hurts,” Knights receiver Cole Scheifele said. “We feel we’re a good team and like we can compete with teams like this, so this one is pretty tough.”

While the Knights’ offense has had no problems racking up impressive passing yards, the unit had trouble punching it in the end zone during the 5A North Metro League opener. Fairview twice drove inside the Ralston Valley 10 in the first half and came away empty (one missed field goal after a penalty, one turnover on downs at the 3).

The Knights can ill-afford to squander such opportunities considering they yielded more than 50 points for the second consecutive week.

“It’s our goal to score every time on offense and prevent a score every time on defense,” said Scheifele, who caught six passes for 84 yards. “We felt like we were executing. We just weren’t finishing.”

Ralston Valley (4-1, 1-0) did as it pleased offensively, whether it was running the ball between the tackles with a bevy of backs or moving it through the air behind the accurate attack of quarterback Jacob Knipp (12 for 17, 245 yards and three touchdowns).

The biggest thorn for Fairview (3-2, 0-1) was Mustangs multidimensional back Spencer Svejacar, who scored touchdowns on a rush, a reception and a backbreaking kickoff return.

With Fairview still in striking distance down 22-8 at the half, Svejcar returned the opening kickoff of the third quarter 95 yards for a TD.

“The hole was huge,” Svejcar said. “I think anyone on our team could have scored on that because the wedge did such a good job.”

Cameron Frazier scored both touchdowns for Fairview, a 1-yard run in the first half and a 23-yard pass from Feauto in the second. Sam Martin made eight catches for the Knights for 109 yards, as Feauto put it up 46 times after throwing 66 times last week in a loss to Lakewood.

“I love playing teams like that,” Svejcar said. “Our goal with our offense this season is to get lots of plays, more plays out of the no huddle, and they’re just the team to play.”

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At North Area Athletic Complex

Fairview (3-2, 0-0) 0 8 6 0 — 14

Ralston Valley (4-1, 0-0) 16 6 21 14 — 57


First Quarter

Ralston Valley — Spencer Svejcar 10 run (Jordan Holloway pass from Jacob Knipp).

Ralston Valley — Hunter Price 14 pass from Knipp (Andrew Wingard run).

Second Quarter

Faiview — Cameron Frazier 1 run (Cole Scheifele run).

Ralston Valley — Svejcar 58 pass from Knipp (run failed).

Third Quarter

Ralston Valley — Svejcar 95 kickoff return (Knipp run).

Ralston Valley — Price 22 pass from Knipp (Collin Root kick).

Ralston Valley — Knipp 12 run (kick blocked).

Fairview — Frazier 23 pass from Johnny Feauto (pass failed).

Fourth Quarter

Ralston Valley — Wingard 16 run (Root kick).

Ralston Valley — Ben Leach 4 run (Root kick).


First downs 20 26

Rushes-yards 11-17 50-295

Passing yards 328 245

Comp-Att-Int 28-48-2 12-17-0

Fumbles-Lost 0-0 5-2

Penalties-Yards 2-23 7-49


RUSHING — Fairview: Sharr 4-14, Frazier 2-2, Feauto 4-3, Harris 1-(-2); Ralston Valley: Buys 9-58, Knipp 8-51, Baumann 7-44, Wingard 13-69, Svejcar 2-19, Clark 3-25, Day 4-16, Falbo 3-10, Leach 1-4.

PASSING (comp-att-int-yards) — Fairview: Feauto 28-46-2, 328 yards, Frazier 0-1-0, 0 yards, Harris 0-1-0, 0 yards; Ralston Valley: Knipp 12-17-0, 245 yards.

RECEIVING — Fairview: Martin 8-109, Scheifele 6-84, Frazier 5-81, Harris 5-45, Sharr 2-4, Koch 2-5; Ralston Valley: Svejcar 3-120, Price 2-36, Gibson 2-37, Baumann 2-22, Morales 2-14, Wingard 1-16.

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