It wasn’t the way the Nederland football team wanted to end its long losing streak. Nonetheless, the records will show the Panthers recorded at least one win in 2013.
In a move that will have a rippling effect through the Class 2A/1A Metro League, Jefferson was forced to forfeit all of its games for the 2013 slate for scheduling too many games. One of those games was slated for Saturday at Nederland. Without even having to play a down, the Panthers already have been credited with a 2-0 victory.
“We’re not really considering it a win,” Nederland coach Aaron Jones said. “It just happened earlier (Wednesday). It screws them up big-time. They were headed to the 2A playoffs if they beat us.”
Although Nederland’s 20-game losing streak officially is over — a slide that dates back to the midway point of the 2011 campaign — the Panthers already are looking forward to an opportunity to collect another win in the more traditional manner next week.
On Oct. 30, the Panthers will complete their season with a game at Clear Creek, a contest that originally was wiped out due to the floods in September. A burgeoning rivalry that the schools have dubbed the Miner’s Bowl, Jones hopes to collect a victory on the scoreboard instead of through the rule book.
“We want to end on a positive note,” Jones said. “We have a strong rivalry with them.”
Nederland, however, was dealt a tough setback at practice on Wednesday as junior lineman Connor Demo suffered what appeared to be a serious knee injury. Demo starts at nose guard and right tackle for the Panthers.
Former Fairview soccer star Shane O’Neill was named the Young Player of the Year for the Colorado Rapids. The Rapids went 8-0-8 this summer in O’Neill’s first 16 starts … Broomfield graduate Jerry Huff, a junior at Adams State, was named the preseason Wrestler of the Year in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference … Two area products received first team honors for the RMAC All-Academic teams — Longmont grad Scotland Coyle (football, CSU-Pueblo) and Broomfield alum Garrett Seitz (men’s soccer, Regis University).
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