GREELEY –Your turn, dad.
That thought was impossible to keep out of Jay MacIntyre’s head once a win was inevitable.
In his first taste of high school football in Colorado, MacIntyre set the standard for his family with a Monarch 41-23 win over Greeley West on Friday night at District 6 Stadium.
The pressure, not that he needed more, is now on Jay’s dad, first-year University of Colorado football coach Mike MacIntyre, to match his son on Sunday against rival Colorado State.
That caveat gave Jay even more reason to smile afterwards.
“I wanted to set the bar for my family,” MacIntyre said. “It’s a been big journey for my dad and my family to get here. I just wanted to get out here and play with my teammates. It’s a good start to the season.”
Led by the senior quarterback, the Coyotes offense never gave the Spartans a chance.
Monarch (1-0) finished with a staggering 315 yards rushing and dominated all aspects of this game. To put it another way: This style of play would leave former Air Force coach Fisher DeBerry impressed.
MacIntyre had five carries for 57 yards and two touchdowns, and was 2-for-5 passing for 56 yards. Senior Braden Pape set the pace on the ground with his three carries for 114 yards and one touchdown. Junior Logan Soole chipped in with five carries for 85 yards and a touchdown.
What will make the Coyotes tougher to defend this year is if Friday night’s trend becomes a theme. In most cases, Monarch is known for its methodical approach. That wasn’t the case against the Spartans (0-1). It was big play after big play that led the Coyotes to the resounding win.
“We were quick to score with seemingly every play right away,” Monarch coach Phil Bravo said. “That allowed us to play our young kids in the second half. I’m proud of how they battled.”
Soole didn’t want the Coyotes to miss out on the big plays for the defense when he picked off West quarterback Zeke Rodriguez and returned it 88 yards for a touchdown. That put a bow on this one to make it 41-3 late in the third quarter.
“We got to play together as a team,” Soole said. “We really feed off each other really well. Our offensive line opened up a lot of holes, and Jay is a great addition to our team. He just played great.”
The Spartans did their best to keep the score close with three touchdowns, but it was a little too late.
West senior running back Alex Delacroix led the Spartans with 18 carries for 102 yards and a touchdown.
“We didn’t give up and we played four quarters,” West coach Jason Renouf said. “Offensively, we had a ton of yards. We just have to finish in the red zone.
“That’s a good team. They’re No. 1 (in Class 4A) for a reason.”
Monarch’s attention now turns to next week and the team responsible for its only defeat a season ago: Wheat Ridge.
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Monarch 41, Greeley West 23
At District 6 Stadium
Monarch (1-0) 14 20 7 0 — 41
Greeley West (0-1) 0 3 0 20 — 23
Monarch — Ethan Marks 2 run (Patrick Nasiatka kick).
Monarch — Braden Pape 75 run (Nasiatka kick).
Monarch — Jay MacIntyre 25 run (Nasiatka kick blocked).
Monarch — Logan Soole 26 run (Trevor Elser kick).
Monarch — MacIntyre 2 run (Elser kick).
Greeley West — Ben Roadcap 26 field goal.
Monarch — Soole 88 interception return (Nasiatka kick).
Greeley West — Zuriel Moran 14 pass from Zeke Rodriguez (Alex Delacroix run).
Greeley West — Delacroix 36 run (conversion failed).
Greeley West — Javier Lopez 5 run (time expired, no conversion).
RUSHING — Monarch: Pape 3-114, Soole 5-85, MacIntyre 5-57, Bruce Oliver 7-30, Marks 4-21, Sam Leman 2-6, Phillip Bubernak 2-1, Ethan Stansbury 1-1.-yards; Greeley West: Delacroix 18-102, Rodriguez 15-67, TJ Wertz 13-62, Lopez 1-(minus-3).
PASSING (comp-att-int-yards) — Monarch: MacIntyre 2-5-0 56.; Greeley West: Rodriguez 17-29-1 110, Lopez 4-5-0 44.
RECEIVING — Monarch: Sam Horton 1-45, Paden Padula 1-11; Greeley West: Aron Krautschun 4-58, Jake Firkins 3-7, Joel Huckerson 3-17, Alfredo Valladares 3-17, Delacroix 2-18, Zuriel Moran 2-18, Wertz 1-8, Logan Treziak 1-4, Sam Mow 1-2, Addison Vergara 1-2.