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    Fairview quarterback Thomas Creese looks for an open receiver during Friday's game with Monarch at Recht Field.

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    Fairview's Jordan Karels tries to bring down Alex Bradfield of Monarch during Friday's Front Range League game at Recht Field. More photos: BoCoPreps.com.

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    Monarch quarterback Anthony Beck gets a pass over the head of Fairview Joe Casebolt Friday at Recht Field.

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BOULDER — Weather came into play at Recht Field for the first time this football season on Friday night, providing the perfect conditions for the Monarch run attack to pose a threat to ruin Fairview’s homecoming game.

Instead, it was a grind-it-out approach from the host Knights that led them to victory. Lightning cut the game short with less than two minutes to play, but Fairview’s defense was able to shut Monarch out in the second half in a 37-17 win.

Down 17-10 at the half, Fairview’s offense found a measure of balance that it has been looking for all season. Though the numbers weren’t huge in the rush attack, TJ Kebede, Carlo Kemp and Co. were able to help Thomas Creese find his rhythm after throwing three first-half interceptions.

Fairview had 24 first downs in the game, signaling a different routine than their typical stretch-the-field mentality.

“They took some aspects of our offense, actually, and that really worked to their advantage,” said Monarch running back Alex Bradfield. “It was tough because our defense played a real physical game.”

Fairview scored four times after halftime, all on the ground. James Cortese tied the game at 17 with a 6-yard run in the third quarter, and Creese found the end zone on a 1-yard run with just 46 seconds left in the third to get FHS ahead for good, 23-17.

Kebede and Mariano Kemp also had short TD runs, while Creese was 17 of 36 in the game for 269 yards and a touchdown. Just as big was the defense of Fairview, which held MHS to 37 total yards after halftime.

“I was proud of them, just cleaning things up in the second half and executing more,” said Fairview coach Tom McCartney, whose team moved to 4-1 overall and 2-1 in the Front Range League. “There were plays in the pass game, protection, and plays in the run game that helped us.

“I know we’re proud of our defense for giving us the opportunity to get back in the game. Monarch are good at what they do, and we had to dig deep.”

The Coyotes came in hungry for a win, and a second quarter interception return from Landon Sibley gave them a 17-7 lead with 4:29 left before halftime. Monarch (1-4, 1-2) had but four possessions in the second half, with one drive ending in a fumble minutes before the lightning forced the field to be cleared.

“There were missed opportunities that we didn’t convert on,” Bradfield said. “We need to win out now, try and get into the playoffs and take care of business there.”

Adam Dunivan: dunivana@dailycamera.com or twitter.com/AdamDunivan24

Fairview 37, Monarch 17

At Recht Field

Monarch (1-4, 1-2) 3 14 0 0 — 17

Fairview (4-1, 2-1) 7 3 13 14 — 37

First quarter

Fairview — Quinn Sharp 18 pass from Thomas Creese (Matthew Basti kick). Monarch — Trevor Elser 27 field goal.

Second quarter

Monarch — Alex Bradfield 1 run (Elser kick). Monarch — Landon Sibley 33 interception return (Elser kick). Fairview — Basti 38 field goal.

Third quarter

Fairview — James Cortese 6 run (Basti kick). Fairview — Creese 1 run (kick failed).

Fourth quarter

Fairview — TJ Kebede 1 run (Kebede pass from Creese). Fairview — Mariano Kemp 4 run (kick failed).

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING — Monarch: Alex Bradfield 13-85, Ethan Stansbury 15-68, Zach Bastres 6-18, Sam Lopez 1-7, Nick Balboa 3-0, Anthony Beck 1-(minus-5). Fairview: TJ Kebede 11-66, Thomas Creese 7-17, Carlo Kemp 8-50, James Cortese 4-37, Mariano Kemp 2-5, Tommy Wakefield 1-8, Max Gelband 1-3.

PASSING — Monarch: Beck 2-5-0-18. Fairview: 17-36-3-269.

RECEIVING — Monarch: Bastres 1-16, Dillon Sapena 1-2. Fairview: Wakefield 6-65, Quinn Sharp 3-54, Cortese 1-31, Kailash Graham-Bell 1-5, Connor Twist 2-29, Jake Willemsen 3-45, Kebede 1-41.