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Rooney: Football Week 2 preview capsules

As always, last week’s official opening was cause for celebration. Now let’s hope Week 2 brings a little more competitive action.

With apologies to Niwot and Skyline, the Week 1 slate was marked by scored such as Fairview’s 58-7 win against Poudre and Mead’s 47-0 rout of Valley. It was great to see the season kick off. It wasn’t nearly as fun watching a few of these blowouts unfold.

Week 2 should change that, a weekend highlighted with Class 4A No. 1 Monarch taking on No. 2 Wheat Ridge in an early-season showdown (10 a.m., Saturday, Warrior Stadium). Wheat Ridge handed the Coyotes their only loss during their state championship campaign, leaving Monarch in payback mode as it takes a 13-game win streak into the contest.

The Friday night slate is perhaps highlighted by a showdown at Frederick, as the Warriors face a second consecutive stern test in its home opener against Pueblo East. Frederick nearly rallied for a victory after a slow start at 3A No. 4 Elizabeth and will be challenged by a Pueblo East squad that dropped out of the rankings following a 21-point loss against No. 2 Discovery Canyon.

Other intriguing matchups include Longmont taking aim at its first win against Grand Junction Central in the Trojans’ home opener; high-flying Fairview facing an intriguing road challenge at Overland; and 3A No. 6 Holy Family attempting to slow down the potent offense of No. 10 D’Evelyn.

The theme for this week? Less pomp and circumstance. More nail-biting and frayed nerves.


FRIDAY’S GAMES

Pueblo East (1-1) at Frederick (0-1)

Kickoff: 7 p.m.

Last week: Pueblo East lost 49-28 against Discovery Canyon; Frederick lost 19-14 at Elizabeth.

Quick hits: After surrendering 19 points in the first quarter, Frederick’s second-half rally fell just short at Elizabeth last week … East QB Kurt Rode has thrown for 369 yards and six touchdowns with only one interception in two games … The Warriors suffered a 15-13 lost at Pueblo East last year.

Rooney’s read: Pueblo East by 4.

 

Standley Lake (1-0) at Niwot (1-0)

Kickoff: 7:30 p.m., Everly-Montgomery Field.

Last week: Standley Lake defeated Littleton 27-7; Niwot defeated Skyline 23-16.

Quick hits: Niwot outscored Skyline 17-3 in the second half to come away with a win in its opener … A win would allow Niwot to take an unbeaten mark into its shot at 4A No. 1 Monarch on Sept. 12 … Standley Lake rolled up 471 yards last week, a total sparked by an 11 for 19, 272-yard performance from quarterback Jacob Naranjo.

Rooney’s read: Standley Lake by 7.

 

Skyline (0-1) at Thompson Valley (1-0)

Kickoff: 7 p.m., Ray Patterson Field, Loveland.

Last week: Skyline lost 23-16 against Niwot; Thompson Valley defeated Golden 55-9.

Quick hits: Despite briefly missing time due to an injury, Skyline QB Garret Angstead accounted for 201 passing yards and 100 rushing yards last week against Niwot … Skyline committed four turnovers during a 34-14 loss against Thompson Valley last year … The Eagles forced four turnovers in their opening win against Golden.

Rooney’s read: Thompson Valley by 8.

 

Berthoud (0-1) at Erie (1-0)

Kickoff: 7 p.m. Erie High School.

Last week: Berthoud lost 17-13 against Fort Morgan; Erie won 35-18 at Mitchell.

Quick hits: Originally scheduled to be played at Mead, the Tigers’ flood-damaged field is ready to go just in time for the home opener … Erie rolled up 400 rushing yards in its opening win against Mitchell, an attack led by Joe Ramey (153 yards) and Christian Mickey (135) … The Tigers averaged 9.3 yards per rush attempt and will go against a Berthoud defense that surrendered an average of 5.2 yards per rush during its loss against Fort Morgan.

Rooney’s read: Erie by 10.


Mead (1-0) at St. Mary’s (0-1)

Kickoff: 7 p.m.

Last week: Mead defeated Valley 47-0; St. Mary’s lost 9-8 at Colorado Springs Christian.

Quick hits: Mead exploded out of the gate, scoring five first quarter TDs in last week’s rout of Valley … St. Mary’s posted a 21-20 win against the Mavericks last year … St. Mary’s running back Ben Breier rushed for 174 yards on 30 carries last week.

Rooney’s read: Mead by 7.

 

Kiowa (1-1) at Longmont Christian (0-1)

Kickoff: 7 p.m.

Last week: Kiowa defeated West Grand 40-0; Longmont Christian lost 47-0 against Haxtun.

Quick hits: Longmont Christian managed only 42 yards of total offense while getting shut out by Haxtun … Kiowa has split two games, opening with 46-14 loss against Dayspring Christian before rebounding with the shutout win at West Grand.

Rooney’s read: Kiowa by 10.

 

Yuma (0-1) at Lyons (1-0)

Kickoff: 7 p.m., Jet Johnson Field.

Last week: Yuma lost 20-14 against Limon; Lyons won 13-12 at Ellicott.

Quick hits: Lyons received good news this week regarding the state of Logan Watson’s knee. The Lions QB rushed for an early touchdown and gained 58 yards on only eight carries before exiting the win at Ellicott in the second quarter with a sprain, but Watson has been cleared to start against Yuma … The Lions suffered a 14-0 loss at Yuma last year.

Rooney’s read: Lyons by 3.

 

SATURDAY’S GAMES

Wheat Ridge (1-0) at Monarch (1-0)

Kickoff: 10 a.m., Warrior Stadium.

Last week: Wheat Ridge defeated Windsor 31-22; Monarch defeated Greeley West 41-23.

Quick hits: This much-anticipated matchup pits the top two-ranked teams in 4A … No. 2 Wheat Ridge was the only team to defeat Monarch during its state title campaign of 2012 … The Coyotes’ vaunted rushing attack was in midseason form against Greeley West, amassing more than 300 yards.

Rooney’s read: Monarch by 4.

Broomfield (0-1) at Legacy (0-1)

Kickoff: 1 p.m., North Stadium.

Last week: Broomfield lost 21-14 against Pomona; Legacy lost 43-19 at Escambia (Fla.).

Quick hits: Annual cross-town showdown pits two teams eager to shake off the disappointment of tough opening losses … The Lightning surrendered over 500 rushing yards last week in Florida … That could bode well for the Eagles, who managed only 82 rushing yards on 25 attempts last week against 5A No. 6 Pomona … Pomona needed two fourth-quarter TDs to ruin Broomfield’s upset bid.

Rooney’s read: Broomfield by 7.

 

Fairview (1-0) at Overland (1-0)

Kickoff: 1 p.m., Stutler Bowl.

Last week: Fairview defeated Poudre 58-7; Overland defeated Arvada West 22-0.

Quick hits: The Knights received two punt return TDs from Cameron Frazier against Poudre … Fairview showed signs its run defense may be improved, limiting Poudre to 26 rushing yards on 18 attempts … Overland’s rush D was even more impressive, holding Arvada West to 29 yards on 23 attempts.

Rooney’s read: Fairview by 7.


Prairie View (0-2) at Boulder (1-0)

Kickoff: 2 p.m., Recht Field.

Last week: Prairie View lost 39-33 at Legend; Boulder defeated George Washington 36-11.

Quick hits: Boulder coach Bob Simmons didn’t commit to a starter at QB after last week’s win against GW, though Malcolm Patterson came off the bench to throw three TDs in the final 13 minutes to claim the win … Prairie View surrendered 100 points in its losses against Grand Junction and Legend.

Rooney’s read: Boulder by 8.

 

 

Grand Junction Central (0-1) at Longmont (0-1)

Kickoff: Noon, Everly-Montgomery Field.

Last week: G.J. Central lost 45-7 against Palisade; Longmont lost 44-29 at Ralston Valley.

Quick hits: The Trojans surrendered over 500 yards last week against 5A No. 3 Ralston Valley … G.J. Central’s defense wasn’t much better against 3A No. 8 Palisade, allowing 31 first-half points … A bright spot for Longmont last week was its balanced and productive rushing game, as four players accounted for 245 yards.

Rooney’s read: Longmont by 7.

 

Silver Creek (1-0) at Centaurus (0-1)

Kickoff: 6 p.m., Warrior Stadium.

Last week: Centaurus lost 35-0 at Conifer; Silver Creek was idle, won 41-25 at Poinciana (Fla.)

Quick hits: 3A No. 1 Silver Creek returns to action after its Zero Week win in Florida … Centaurus managed only 136 yards at Conifer last week … Silver Creek totaled nearly 400 yards while its defense grabbed two interceptions during the Raptors’ win in Florida.

Rooney’s read: Silver Creek by 20.

 

Holy Family (1-0) at D’Evelyn (2-0)

Kickoff: 11 a.m., Trailblazer Stadium.

Last week: Holy Family defeated Faith Christian 42-16; D’Evelyn defeated Mountain View 45-41.

Quick hits: 3A No. 10 D’Evelyn marks the second consecutive solid nonconference test for the Tigers … Holy Family QB David Sommers accounted for 331 total yards while throwing four TD passes against Faith … D’Evelyn has scored 95 points in two games, with quarterback Connor Mateer throwing for 461 yards and five TDs.

Rooney’s read: D’Evelyn by 4.

 

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