So with one week in the books, what did we learn?
• The Raptors no longer are the big boys on the block. After three straight appearances in the 3A title game, Silver Creek now is a 4A program. However, the club opened against a 3A power last week in Discovery Canyon and suffered a 34-point loss. The Raptors are too talented, and coach Mike Apodaca far too sharp, to remain down long. But gone are the days when Silver Creek could count on a few easy wins.
• Longmont has a penchant for slow starts. OK, so it technically was two weeks ago in a Zero Week loss at Pueblo East, but the Trojans looked nothing like a team that garnered a No. 4 preseason ranking while harboring aspirations of becoming a 4A state title contender. That said, the Trojans haven’t won their opening game since 2011, but coach Doug Johnson’s troops always manage to battle their way into playoff contention.
• Frederick and Niwot are in the market for offense. Both teams are breaking in new quarterbacks and are young in general. Not coincidentally, both teams were shut out in Week 1.
• Holy Family’s offense will not miss a beat. Despite the graduation of dynamic quarterback David Sommers, the Tigers went on the road and torched 4A Mountain View for 66 points and 579 total yards.
• And speaking of not missing a beat, losing a Division I quarterback and two Division I receivers (albeit one is playing baseball) seemingly will mean little to Fairview, which showed its offense once again will be one of the top units in the state. The Knights put on a historic performance in their opener at Grand Junction, spotting the host Tigers a 14-0 lead before cruising to a 30-point win and posting the 10th most prolific single-game yardage total in state history.
What will Week 2 bring? We’ve got an intriguing Falcon-Longmont tilt Thursday night at Everly-Montgomery Field, a Skyline squad looking to go 2-0 for the first time in a decade Friday against Mead, Monarch’s first in-state game of 2014 as a 5A program, and the annual Recht Field rivalry showdown between Boulder and Fairview on Saturday afternoon.
The plot lines will only thicken.
Last week: 10-4
Season to date: 10-4
Falcon at Longmont
Kickoff: 6:30 p.m., Everly-Montgomery Field
Records: Falcon 0-1; Longmont 0-1.
Last week: Falcon lost 34-28 against Pine Creek; Longmont lost 41-25 at Pueblo East.
Quick hits: Longmont still harbors high aspirations in 2014, but the Trojans hopefully have made the best of their two weeks of practice since a dispiriting season-opening loss at Pueblo East … Senior quarterback Clint Sigg will look to rebound from a performance that included two interceptions that were returned for touchdowns … Junior running back Eli Sullivan provided a highlight with a 95-yard kickoff return for a touchdown and should expect to get more touches after making just three carries in the opener … Longmont dropped from fourth to a tie for ninth in the latest 4A AP media poll … The Falcons opened with a narrow overtime loss against defending 4A champion Pine Creek … Falcon QB Tommy Lazzaro had a big opener, going 21 for 38 for 289 yards and three TDs, though he did throw three interceptions.
Rooney’s read: Falcon by 7.
Standley Lake at Monarch
Kickoff: 7 p.m., Warrior Stadium
Records: Standley Lake 0-1; Monarch 1-0.
Last week: Standley Lake lost 20-0 at Pueblo Central; Monarch won 45-7 vs. McAruthur (Fla.) at Orlando Aug. 19.
Quick hits: Despite a lengthy lightning delay in the Coyotes’ opener in Florida, Monarch weathered the storm to cruise to a lopsided win … League rivals in the 4A Mountain League last year, Monarch rolled to a 43-9 win against the Gators in 2013 … Standley Lake QB Jacob Naranjo was harassed into a 12 for 27 performance in last week’s shutout loss at Pueblo Central … Naranjo accumulated 221 passing yards on just 11 completions against Monarch last year but was victimized by three interceptions.
Rooney’s read: Monarch by 14.
Mead at Skyline
Kickoff: 7 p.m., Everly-Montgomery Field
Records: Mead 0-1; Skyline 1-0.
Last week: Mead lost 24-6 at Sterling; Skyline won 24-0 against Niwot.
Quick hits: Skyline’s defense recorded four sacks and recovered a pair of fumbles in its opening shutout win against Niwot … Senior running back Damian Galaz paced the Falcons’ offense with 76 rushing yards and three touchdowns … Mead amassed over 400 rushing yards in a 38-8 win against Skyline last year, but the Mavericks graduated most of the players that compiled that total … Running back Dane Myers recorded 80 rushing yards and scored Mead’s only touchdown in last week’s loss at Sterling … Skyline is seeking its first 2-0 start since 2004.
Rooney’s read: Skyline by 7.
Broomfield at Windsor
Kickoff: 7 p.m., Windsor Stadium
Records: Broomfield 0-1; Windsor 1-0.
Last week: Broomfield lost 21-6 against Legacy; Windsor defeated Roosevelt 24-7.
Quick hits: In a tough opening week assignment, Broomfield surrendered 224 rushing yards in its loss against Legacy … Eagles QBs managed to complete just 7 of 23 passes with a pair of interceptions last week … Windsor is ranked fifth in the 4A AP media poll … The Wizards rolled up 245 rushing yards, including 94 and a pair of scores from junior Jake Shields, in last week’s opening win against Roosevelt. Windsor’s defense forced a pair of turnovers … This marks the second of four straight demanding season-opening games for the Eagles. Broomfield visits ninth-ranked Longmont next week before hosting a Loveland squad that thumped the Eagles in the first round of the 2013 4A playoffs.
Rooney’s read: Windsor by 8.
Centaurus at Erie
Kickoff: 7 p.m., Erie High School
Records: Centaurus 2-0; Erie 1-0.
Last week: Centaurus won 42-20 at Englewood; Erie defeated Glenwood Springs 23-10.
Quick hits: Centaurus is off to its first 2-0 start since 2010 … Senior running back Matt Buchler has been a machine so far for the Warriors, recording 325 rushing yards and three touchdowns … Matthew Axelrod has been a pleasant surprise for Centaurus as a backfield mate to Buchler, posting 147 rushing yards and four touchdowns … Erie QB Chantz Schenbeck christened the newly-implemented offense of first-year coach Chris Summers by completing 7 of 9 passes for 110 yards and three TDs without an interception in last week’s win against Glenwood Springs … Behind 375 rushing yards, Erie posted a 35-6 win against Centaurus in the regular season finale last year.
Rooney’s read: Erie by 10.
Silver Creek at Dakota Ridge
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m., Jeffco Stadium
Records: Silver Creek 0-1; Dakota Ridge 1-0.
Last week: Silver Creek lost 48-14 against Discovery Canyon; Dakota Ridge defeated Taravella (Fla.) 26-3 in Orlando.
Quick hits: The Raptors found themselves on the wrong end of the sort of blowout they delivered upon many an opponent while advancing to three straight 3A title games from 2011-13 … Silver Creek’s defense allowed 357 total yards against Discovery Canyon. The Raptors’ offense committed three turnovers and allowed six sacks … One encouraging sign for Silver Creek was the debut of Austin Wood at quarterback. Wood’s 10 completions were good for 187 yards and two touchdowns … Juniors Adam Clary and Jeremy Lujan made certain Dakota Ridge enjoyed a productive road trip to Florida last week. Clary completed 13 of 21 passes for 238 yards and two touchdowns. Lujan rushed for 118 yards and a touchdown and added three receptions for 71 yards.
Rooney’s read: Dakota Ridge by 10.
Discovery Canyon at Holy Family
Kickoff: 7 p.m., Mike G. Gabriel Stadium
Records: Discovery Canyon 1-0; Holy Family 1-0.
Last week: Discovery Canyon won 48-14 at Silver Creek; Holy Family won 66-47 at Mountain View.
Quick hits: An early battle of 3A contenders pits No. 8-ranked Discovery Canyon against the third-ranked Tigers … Holy Family had a number of players fill up the stat sheet last week. Junior QB Chris Helbig went 13 for 18 for 328 yards and four TDs without an interception in his first varsity start. Senior Ryan Younggreen rushed for 211 yards. And junior Bryce Buderus’ four receptions were good for 127 yards … The Tigers’ defense will be tasked with slowing a Discovery Canyon rushing attack that rolled up 329 yards against Silver Creek … Holy Family hosts No. 5 Palisade next week.
Rooney’s read: Holy Family by 6.
Fountain-Fort Carson at Legacy
Kickoff: 7 p.m., 1st Bank Field
Records: Fountain-Fort Carson 1-1; Legacy 1-0.
Last week: Fountain-Fort Carson lost 26-6 against Lakewood; Legacy won 21-6 at Broomfield.
Quick hits: Legacy’s CSU-bound QB Matt Lynch was keenly efficient last week against Broomfield, completing 11 of 16 passes for 160 yards with one touchdown and one interception … Senior running back Connor Connolly chipped in with 103 rushing yards and two TDs … It has been an uneven start for Fountain-Fort Carson, which opened with an impressive Zero Week win against Columbine before last week’s loss against Lakewood … Fountain-Fort Carson running back Drue Harris has a 99-yard touchdown run to his credit … Legacy opens Front Range League play next week at Rocky Mountain.
Rooney’s read: Legacy by 8.
Niwot at Fort Morgan
Kickoff: 7 p.m.
Records: Niwot 0-1; Fort Morgan 0-1.
Last week: Niwot lost 24-0 against Skyline; Fort Morgan lost 35-3 at Brush.
Quick hits: The Cougars struggled across the board in the opening loss against Skyline, managing just 61 yards of total offense … In his first start under center Niwot QB Justin Lee completed just 6 of 21 passes for 67 yards, but avoided throwing any interceptions. Fort Morgan managed only 43 rushing yards in its opening loss against Brush but received a solid 225-yard outing from senior QB Joey Schneider, though he did throw three interceptions.
Rooney’s read: Niwot by 3.
Lutheran at Frederick
Kickoff: 7 p.m.
Records: Lutheran 1-0; Frederick 0-1.
Last week: Lutheran won 56-55 at Lutheran South Academy in Houston, Texas; Frederick lost 31-0 at Conifer.
Quick hits: The Warriors’ demanding early-season slate continues against 3A’s top-ranked team in the state AP media poll … Frederick surrendered 367 total yards in last week’s shutout loss at Conifer while managing just 167 of its own … Lutheran head coach Blair Hubbard is in his first season with the Lions following a roundly successful 15-year tenure at Faith Christian, where he won three state titles and coached current CU defensive lineman Derek McCartney … Frederick plays at Pueblo Central next week before hosting another top 3A team in No. 3 Holy Family.
Rooney’s read: Lutheran by 13.
Lyons at Highland
Kickoff: 7 p.m.
Records: Lyons 0-1; Highland 0-1.
Last week: Lyons lost 43-0 against Wiggins; Highland lost 58-6 at Resurrection Christian.
Quick hits: Lyons will attempt to rebound from the shutout drubbing it received last week from Wiggins in which the Lions ended with a negative number in total yards … Highland struggled equally in its opener, managing just 73 yards in its lopsided loss at Resurrection Christian … Sophomore quarterback Cole Rouse was a bright spot for the Huskies, rushing for 62 yards and a touchdown on seven carries.
Rooney’s read: Lyons by 4.
Rocky Mountain Lutheran at Justice
Kickoff: 7 p.m., Recht Field
Records: Rocky Mountain Lutheran 1-0, 1-0 A-8 Central League; Justice 0-1, 0-1 A-8 Central League.
Last week: Rocky Mountain Lutheran defeated Gilpin County 44-8; Justice lost 42-22 against West Grand.
Quick hits: Consistency may be the key for Justice. The Phoenix defense held West Grand scoreless in quarters two and four last week, but surrendered 20 points in the first and 22 in the third … Rocky Mountain Lutheran QB Michael Uhlhorn accumulated 140 passing yards and two touchdowns on just five completions, adding another touchdown on the ground … The Eagles posted 240 rushing yards in their Week 1 win.
Rooney’s read: Rocky Mountain Lutheran by 12.
Vail Christian at Longmont Christian
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m., Sandstone Ranch
Records: Vail Christian 1-0, 0-0 8-Man Central League; Longmont Christian 0-1, 0-1 8-Man Central League.
Last week: Vail Christian won 38-8 at Plateau Valley; Longmont Christian lost 50-12 at Pikes Peak Christian.
Quick hits: Longmont Christian’s defense was overwhelmed by Pikes Peak Christian last week, but the Warriors uncovered some bright spots on offense … In his first start under center, Luke Puchino completed 13 passes for 212 yards and a touchdown … Cameron Jauregui had five catches for 101 yards and Colten Thorne turned in a solid two-way game, posting 40 receiving yards and leading the Warriors with 10 tackles … Vail Christian senior Ethan Ellsworth had a big opening week, recording 11 carries for 103 yards and three touchdowns.
Rooney’s read: Vail Christian by 10.
Fairview at Boulder
Kickoff: 1 p.m., Recht Field
Records: Fairview 1-0; Boulder 0-1.
Last week: Fairview won 58-28 at Grand Junction; Boulder lost 24-14 against Fossil Ridge.
Quick hits: The high-flying Fairview offense picked up where it left off in 2013 and didn’t waste any time making a new mark in the state record book. Fairview’s 712 yards of total offense at Grand Junction was the 10th-best single-game total in state history, and the 510 passing yards amassed by starter Johnny Feauto (414) and Thomas Creese (96) was the third-best single-game total in state history. That total also was just 13 yards short of the state’s all-time record … Fairview has won the past six rivalry games against Boulder and nine of the past 10 … After an injury-marred 2013 season, Boulder junior RB TJ Jones posted 119 yards and a touchdown against Fossil Ridge.
Rooney’s read: Fairview by 14.
West Grand at Nederland
Kickoff: 1 p.m.
Records: West Grand 1-0, 1-0 8-Man Central League; Nederland 0-1, 0-1 8-Man Central League.
Last week: West Grand defeated Justice 42-22; Nederland lost 30-12 against Elbert.
Quick hits: Excluding a matchup won via forfeit last year, Nederland still is trying to end a 24-game losing streak … In the program’s return to 8-man ball last week, the Panthers had difficulty slowing an Elbert ground game that collected 313 yards … West Grand QB JD Guess threw for 122 yards and two TDs and RB Scott Smith rushed for 100 yards and a score.
Rooney’s read: West Grand by 14.
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