BLACK HAWK — After taking a beating in its season opener, the Justice High football team was looking to flip the script and begin conference play with a victory Saturday afternoon.
The Phoenix scored on their first two plays from scrimmage and never looked back, putting up 44 first half points en route to a 56-0 dismantling of Gilpin County.
Quarterback Pablo Quintana led the way for JHS, throwing for 250 yards and five touchdowns on the day. Running back Michael Chunn hauled in two of those TD tosses and added another score on the ground.
Wideout Ray Gonzalez also had a big day, registering 100 yards receiving and and two touchdowns.
Justice will next travel to face Belleview Christian next Saturday, hoping to eclipse the .500 mark on the season.
Justice 56, Gilpin County 0
At Gilpin County H.S.
Justice (1-1, 1-0) 22 22 0 12 — 56
Gilpin County (0-5, 0-2) 0 0 0 0 — 0
Justice — Michael Chunn 35 pass from Pablo Quintana (conversion failed).
Justice — Ray Gonzalez 45 pass from Quintana (Quintana run).
Justice — Chunn 20 run (Quintana run).
Justice — Chunn 45 pass from Quintana (Quintana run).
Justice — Chunn 10 fumble return (Quintana pass).
Justice — Dom Montoya 30 pass from Quintana (Chunn run).
Justice — Gonzalez 50 pass from Quintana (conversion failed)
Justice — Fazian Macias 40 pass from George Kaneta (conversion failed).
DENVER CHRISTIAN 56, NEDERLAND 6
DENVER — Having been decimated with injuries, the Nederland football team struggled mightily to keep pace with Denver Christian Saturday afternoon.
The Panthers were able to dress just 17 players for the game, Denver Christian’s homecoming.
“It wasn’t pretty,” head coach Aaron Jones said. “(Denver Christian) is a good looking group, and they seemed pretty fired up off the bat.”
Nederland’s lone score came in the third quarter, when quarterback Holden Reecer hooked up with wideout Dillon Weaver for a 75-yard touchdown. Reecer finished with 182 yards passing on the day.
The Panthers (0-5, 0-3 1A Metro League) must now regroup and attempt to get healthy before they travel to Lyons on Friday in search of their first win of the season.
At Denver Christian H.S.
Nederland (0-5, 0-3) 0 0 6 0 — 6
Denver Christian (4-1, 2-1) 21 21 7 7 — 56
SCORING SUMMARY (Nederland only)
Team — Dillon Weaver 75 pass from Holden Reecer.
RUSHING — Nederland: Reecer 8-21, Connor Steele 2-1, Adam O’Melia 5-22.
PASSING (comp-att-int-yards) — Nederland: Reecer 7-18-3-182.
RECEIVING — Nederland: Steele 3-85, Weaver 2-80, Jonah Donaghy 1-5, O’Melia 1-12.