BOULDER — There are plenty of numbers one could point to that demonstrate the disparity between the undefeated Fairview and winless Mountain Range football teams, well beyond the obvious difference in the squads’ records.
Perhaps the next most indicative digits that separate the two are the amount of points each school has posted on the scoreboard. While the fourth-ranked Knights entered this week’s contest averaging 43.5 per outing, the Mustangs had racked up just 44 points in the entirety of their six games this season.
Both offenses held true to form, and almost eerily so, when the schools met Thursday evening, as the Knights hammered visiting MRHS 46-8 on Senior Night. Senior running back Jason Harvey led the ground attack in amassing 124 yards, while quarterback Johnny Feauto was still able to find success through the air despite the damp conditions, throwing for 241 yards and five touchdowns.
Despite the sluggish field conditions, Fairview had no trouble getting off to a fast start. After returning a short opening kickoff to their own 43-yard line, FHS embarked on a 8-play, 57-yard drive that was capitalized by a six-yard touchdown catch by senior Steve D’Epagnier, who finished with three scores on the evening.
The Knights also scored on their second drive after Mountain Range turned the ball over on downs, going 25 yards in three plays as Harvey punched in a score from three yards out to put FHS up 12-0.
While Mountain Range proceeded to put together short drives that ended in either a fumble or punt for the remainder of the half, FHS continued to execute on offense. The Knights scored on five of their six drives prior to intermission, collecting 186 yards through the air and 124 on the ground in the process. Harvey alone posted 106 yards rushing in the first half.
“It all starts up front with our line,” Harvey said. “That played a big factor with in this game with me running, and it was because we had good blocking.”
Feauto connected with D’Epagnier for a second score from 14 yards out with seconds remaining the first quarter, and then found the big tight end again after scampering around for quite some time in the backfield on the two-point conversion.
The senior also hooked up with wideouts Connor May in the flat for a six-yard score and David McWilliams for a 20-yard strike with under a minute in the half. The latter score concluded a 5-play, 90-yard drive, allowing the Knights to take a 32-0 advantage into the locker room.
Another Mountain Range fumble occurred early in the second half, and Fairview continued to make the visitors pay, as Harvey took the next carry 18 yards to the house with a beautiful spin move at the goal line. D’Epagnier caught his third score minutes later, pushing the score to 46-0 and forcing the clock to run continuously.
“It was Senior Night and we had a lot of fun,” D’Epagnier said. “There’s a lot of love between the seniors. I got open and Johnny got me the ball. Going out like that was really special.”
The Knights are now just two games away from running the table and completing a perfect regular season, but both should prove more difficult than Thursday’s affair. FHS travels to Fossil Ridge next Friday and then takes a trip to face Legacy the following week. Both those teams currently sit at 3-1 in Front Range League play, tied for second place in the standings with Rocky Mountain.
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Fairview 46, Mountain Range 8
At Recht Field
Mtn Range (0-7, 0-5) 0 0 0 8 — 8
Fairview (7-0, 5-0) 20 12 14 0 — 46
Fairview — D’Epagnier 6 pass from Feauto (kick failed). Fairview — Harvey 3 run (pass failed). Fairview — D’Epagnier 14 pass from Feauto (D’Epagnier pass from Feauto).
Fairview — May 6 pass from Feauto (pass failed). Fairview — McWilliams 20 pass from Feauto (kick failed).
Fairview — Harvey 18 run (Magno kick). Fairview — D’Epagnier 7 pass from Feauto (Magno kick).
Mountain Range — Stephen Bailey 1 run (Elijah Gillespie run).
RUSHING — Mountain Range: Stephen Bailey 13-52, Elijah Gillespie 15-57, Ryan Wilson 1-(-4), Issac Ditirro 2-(-22), Tyler Smith 2-(-14). Fairview: Harvey 13-124, Feauto 4-18, D’Epagnier 1-0, Connor May 1-12, Meyer 2-8, Thomas Creese 2-(-24).
PASSING — Mountain Range: Smith 1-3-0-8; Ditirro 0-1-0-0. Fairview: Feauto 19-25-0-241.
RECEIVING — Mountain Range: Saucier 1-8. Fairview: David McWilliams 4-54, May 6-74, D’Epagnier 5-44, Ryan 5-74, Tommy Wakefield 1-(-2).