LONGMONT — The Skyline Falcons thought they were ready for the Tri-Valley League opener.
It didn’t look that way. The Falcons fell flat against Roosevelt on Friday, falling to their league rival in a penalty-marred 41-18 loss. It was a disappointing beginning to the rest of their season and left them looking for answers.
“There was so much energy coming into this game it surprised me we didn’t come out with more heart and wanting to win the game more than we did,” quarterback Garret Angstead said.
Instead it was the RoughRiders who showed the energy and desire. They took it right to the Falcons from the start, scoring on their first drive and never trailing. They finished with 359 yards rushing.
Turnovers and missed tackles cost the Falcons in the first half. They couldn’t wrap up the Roosevelt runners, who picked up 218 yards in the first 24 minutes alone. Randy Molinar did much of the damage, running for 76 of his 108 yards and two scores to give the RoughRiders a 28-6 lead.
“You can watch NFL football and see how fun it is to play from behind. We were pleased with our first drive and our second drive we didn’t capitalize,” Skyline coach Kevin Rice said. “We had positive plays and then one or two mistakes to keep it from going.”
The Falcons did grab some momentum heading into the locker room. A face mask penalty put them near midfield with 13 seconds left, and then Angstead hit Israel Valdez down the left side for a 53-yard score to cut the deficit to 28-12 at the break.
The Falcons got the ball to start the second half but the drive stalled in Roosevelt territory
“We felt coming out at halftime if we could have gotten something out of that drive we could have had something going,” Angstead said. “It didn’t happen.”
Molinar added a 6-yard run early in the fourth quarter to put Roosevelt up 34-12.
Jordan McEntee scored from a yard out after Alex McHone returned a kick 59 yards to the Roosevelt 42, but Kane Kratz sealed it with a 20-yard touchdown run with 2:22 left.
About the only thing Roosevelt didn’t control was its emotions. The RoughRiders had 14 penalties for 135 yards and had one player ejected for two personal foul calls.
Losing their cool wasn’t a factor against Skyline.
“We just physically got dominated,” Angstead said. “We didn’t come out and play with as much heart as we should have and we can.
ROOSEVELT 41, SKYLINE 18
At Mead H.S.
Roosevelt (2-4, 1-0) 7 21 0 13 — 41
Skyline (2-4, 0-1) 6 6 0 6 — 18
Roosevelt — Randy Molinar 5 run (Adam Ghesquiere kick).
Skyline — Luciano Quesada 8 pass from Garret Angstead (kick failed).
Roosevelt — Spencer Urban 8 run (Ghesquiere kick).
Roosevelt — Mark Rios 21 pass from Urban (kick failed).
Roosevelt — Molinar 15 run (Urban run).
Skyline — Israel Valdez 53 pass from Angstead (pass failed).
Roosevelt — Molinar 6 run (kick failed).
Skyline — Jordan McEntee 1 run (run failed).
Roosevelt — Kane Kratz 20 run (Ghesquiere failed).
First downs 21 15
Rushes-yards 60-359 34-98
Passing yards 61 179
Comp-Att-Int 3-5-0 10-22-0
Fumbles-Lost 0-0 2-2
Penalties-Yards 14-135 6-60
RUSHING — Roosevelt: Spencer Urban 17-112, Randy Molinar 17-108, Daniel Kammerzell 8-50, Josh Semmler 10-35, Kane Kratz 4-34, James Hatch 2-13, Ritchie Escobar 2-7; Skyline: Garret Angstead 16-36, Israel Valdez 6-26, Alex McHone 2-17, Eric Caballero 3-16, Jordan McEntee 5-11, Javier Gonzalez 1-(-2), Luciano Quesada 1-(-7).
PASSING — Roosevelt: Urban 3-5-0-61; Skyline: Angstead 10-22-0-179
RECEIVING — Roosevelt: Mark Rios 3-61; Skyline: Valdez 2-72, Quesada 3-50, Gonzalez 2-35, Zach Gonzales 1-8, McEntee 1-8, McHone 1-6.