BOULDER — Cameron Frazier is probably pretty good in science class, because he appears to be excellent at dissecting things.
At least on the football field.
Frazier did a number of things Friday night in Fairview’s season-opening blowout of Poudre, but two first-half punt returns for touchdowns were simply spectacular. With the offense finding no hiccups, Frazier’s returns of 47 and 56 yards for scores added to the onslaught in a 57-8 win against the Impalas.
The speedster got a running start on both of them, and his vision combined with the precision downfield blocking provided some daylight on an oft-drizzly night at Recht Field.
“They were really returnable punts, so that was good — didn’t have to fair-catch,” said Frazier, who had four total touchdowns in the romp. “But I was given the lane, and good blocking, so I just ran.”
The highlights came early and often for the do-it-all senior — a starter on both sides of the football. He got the Knights on the scoreboard just 1:44 in, taking a short line-drive punt to the end zone on FHS’ first touch of the contest, then added a more impressive, seemed-to-be-stuffed return with less than one minute left in the first half, providing the Knights a 44-7 lead.
It just seemed to be icing on the cake for the Knights as they made their case as a contender in Class 5A.
“Not only the offense, but all three facets of the game. Our special teams, (defense) and offense all played really well and that just helps us get off to a good start,” said quarterback Anders Hill, who tossed four TD passes. “Cameron’s definitely a playmaker … just one of the best athletes around.
“Him and Sam (Martin) and Owen (Harris), Steve (D’Epagnier), any one of our receivers can always make big plays. It’s great to have that much to throw to on our team.”
Indeed, the offense was clicking from the get-go, scoring on all five of its first-half possessions. Hill was on target, going 15 of 22 for 195 yards with three touchdowns in the first 24 minutes alone, and Sam Martin started his season with eight catches for 118 yards and two scores before half.
Prep football followers around the state know those names, and it was a good start for the tandem. Hill finished with 268 passing yards, 137 to Martin. However, Frazier had five catches for 73 yards, too, and seven different receivers caught footballs.
Hill knows he can throw the ball downfield — that was evidenced by a 40-yard strike to Martin at 7:44 of the second quarter. A lot of his yards came by way of his receivers making things happen.
“When we have this many athletes on the team, we want to get everyone as many touches as we can,” Hill said. “Let them find the open space. Especially when teams are blitzing, you have to get that ball out quick and let them make plays. We were able to do that.”
Fairview’s fireworks started after Poudre made the first big play. After Frazier’s punt-return, the Impalas struck back on its second possession when Anthony Jimenez slipped over the middle of the field for an 83-yard passing play — a majority of that his own doing — to tie the score at 7-all.
However, the Impalas produced just 201 total yards for the game.
“We had one bad play with a break in coverage, but besides that I think we played lights-out,” said Frazier. “We have really put an emphasis on defense, and I think we showed some people what we can do.”
Frazier also added a long interception return, setting up a field goal in the second quarter. That was one of three turnovers for the defense, as the Knights recovered a pair of fumbles.
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Fairview 58, Poudre 7
At Recht Field
Poudre (0-1) 7 0 0 0 — 7
Fairview (1-0) 21 23 7 7 — 58
Fair — Cameron Frazier 47 punt return (Jonathan Swartzwelter kick), 10:16
P — Anthony Jimenez 83 pass from Cody Limmer (Braxton Davis kick), 10:00.
Fair — Jason Harvey 13 run (Swartzwelter kick), 7:33.
Fair — Sam Martin 6 pass from Anders Hill (Swartzwelter kick), 5:07
Fair — Frazier 1 pass from Hill (kick failed), 11:15.
Fair — Martin 40 pass from Hill (Swartzwelter kick), 7:44.
Fair — Swartzwelter 32 field goal, 4:45.
Fair — Frazier 56 punt return (Swartzwelter kick), :55.
Fair — Frazier 15 pass from Hill (Swartzwelter kick), 7:46.
Fair — Matt Koch 3 run (Swartzwelter kick), 11:05.
RUSHING — Poudre: Anthony Jimenez 3-(minus-5), Cody Limmer 6-(minus-25), Nick Senesac 3-12, Nathan Gish 4-12, Dillon Foster 3-13; Fairview: Anders Hill 7-21, Matt Koch 3-8, Jason Harvey 7-46, Daniel Hoskins 2-10, Cameron Frazier 1-12, Owen Harris 1-9, Josh Meyer 5-57.
PASSING (comp-att-int-yards) — Poudre: Limmer 9-16-1-204; Fairview: Hill 20-29-0-268, Johnny Feauto 3-4-0-26.
RECEIVING — Poudre: Gish 2-10, Jimenez 3-130, Spencer Long 1-40, Conrad Rice 1-4, Kaydn Conyers 1-10, Dillon Foster 1-10; Fairview: Steve D’Epagnier 2-23, Sam Martin 10-137, Frazier 5-73, Harris 2-9, Harvey 2-39, Savoy Smith 1-8, Tim Ryan 1-5.