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DENVER — There are no easy answers for the Niwot football team at this point. Getting on the scoreboard early, however, has to be priority No. 1 for the Cougars.

After 10 straight quarters of not posting points, Niwot finally broke through on the last play of Saturday’s contest against George Washington at All City Stadium, but they couldn’t break through into the win column after a 47-6 loss to the Patriots dropped them to 0-3.

The ineptitude of the offense, which totaled 179 yards, is wearing thin on first year head coach Dylan Hollingsworth, who has tried to mix personnel in the skill positions to no avail.

“We just talked about, there comes a point where we have to execute what we’re asking the kids to do,” Hollingsworth said. “We’ve taken things and simplified them to the point where it’s as simple as possible, and we’re still having major miscues.

“Anyone can see we can get two, three good plays in a row, but we cannot string together four or five (or more). A lot of times it’s our own fault. A penalty, a lazy route, missed blocking assignment … it’s run the gamut.”

Attempting to stay balanced with the run and pass, Niwot was intercepted three times Saturday while only completing four passes. The first interception led to George Washington’s first touchdown in the first quarter, while the second one was returned for a score as Jeremy Randle took a pick 40 yards for a TD in the third quarter to make it 41-0.

A 76-yard punt return for Nate Mitchell in the first quarter also got NHS on its heels, and the Cougars were limited to inside runs as its only effective play.

Blake Montgomery finished with 55 yards on the ground and scored on a 10-yard run as time expired, and Chris Jensen (31 yards on 9 carries) and Matt Bromwell (60 yards on 12 carries) gave the Cougars at least that option.

But they couldn’t get anything going on the edges.

“We couldn’t match their speed,” Hollingsworth said. “We were able to do some good things in the middle of the field, but they were stacking nine in the box and at some point you’ve got to be able to throw the ball. That might sound like it’s on the quarterback, but it’s on receivers to run right routes, too.”

Playing to a 12-6 final last year (also a Patriots win), the two teams appeared early to be matched up well. In fact, Jensen had an interception and nice return on defense with 7 minutes, 24 seconds remaining in the first quarter that kept GW off the scoreboard temporarily.

The Patriots (3-0) managed 446 total yards of offense, including 247 through the air.

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George Washington 47, Niwot 6

At All City Stadium

Niwot (0-3) 0 0 0 6 — 6

George Washington (3-0) 14 13 14 6 — 47

First quarter

George Washington — Don’dre Beckworth 11 run (Yosif Gross kick). George Washington — Nate Mitchell 76 punt return (Gross kick).

Second quarter

George Washington — James Everett II 13 pass from Javian Byrd (Gross kick). George Washington — Everett 30 pass from Byrd (kick failed).

Third quarter

George Washington — Beckworth 65 run (Gross kick). George Washington — Jeremy Randle 40 interception return (Gross kick).

Fourth quarter

George Washington — Dekarri Davis 1 pass from Byrd (run failed). Niwot — Blake Montgomery 10 run (no PAT attempt).


RUSHING — Niwot: Blake Montgomery 12-55, Matt Bromwell 12-60, Chris Jensen 9-31, Zach Kinnison 4-20, Jeremy Hollingsworth 1-7, Aidan Tollefson 1-(minus-4). George Washington: Don’dre Beckworth 11-168, Javian Byrd 4-34, Mosi Golden 1-(minus-3).

PASSING — Niwot: Montgomery 4-12-3-10, Kinnison 0-2-0-0. George Washington: Byrd 20-27-1-247.

RECEIVING — Niwot: Alex Oelsner 2-15, Jensen 1-0, Nate Nielsen 1-(minus-5). George Washington: Dekarri Davis 8-88, James Everett II 5-74, Adrian King 3-39, Beckworth 2-27, Jacoby Smith 1-9, Nate Mitchell 1-10.

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