COMMERCE CITY — Freshman quarterback Oakley Dehning was thrown into the fire against third-ranked Windsor last week and completed possibly the Longmont football team’s biggest pass of the season to help the team remain undefeated.
Friday’s Week 8 matchup against Adams City was far less stressful for Dehning than his debut in relief of senior starter David Speidel, who is expected to be out 2-4 weeks with a separated shoulder. In fact, Dehning got a chance to take it easy and watch the Cooper Rothe show on Friday night.
Rothe, a senior cornerback and kicker, accounted for 23 points in what ended up as a 41-14 win for the second-ranked Trojans.
“With David out hurt, everyone else had to step up and do their job,” Rothe said. “Getting thrown in wherever I can to help the team was awesome. I’m thankful for all the guys and the coaches for putting me it a position to do that. It was a lot of fun.”
In the first half, Rothe kicked field goals of 53 and 44 yards. He also intercepted two passes, returning one 27 yards for a touchdown. The future Wyoming Cowboy even played two snaps at quarterback, scoring on a 27-yard keeper in the second quarter. Adding to his total, Rothe kicked point-after tries on each of the Trojans’ four first-half touchdowns.
Trojans senior Ethan Gabrielle kicked off the scoring with a 67-yard run on the opening drive of the game and Eli Sullivan scored on a 1-yard dive on the next. After Rothe scored 20 consecutive points, Dehning hit receiver Trevor Cook for a 17-yard touchdown to initiate the running clock rule with 3:10 left in the first half.
“It was a great game for our team,” Dehning said. “I know I didn’t have my best game but my team carried me through it.
With its starting defense on the field for just two quarters, the Trojans (8-0, 3-0 Longs Peak) held the Eagles (3-5, 0-3 Longs Peak) offense to 27 totals yards and without a first down in the first half.
Speidel was injured on the opening drive of last week’s last-second 8-7 win over No. 3 Windsor. In his absence, Dehning is 2-0 after completing four of nine passes for 41 yards and a touchdown against Adams City.
The Trojans will host seventh-ranked Greeley West (6-1, 1-1 Longs Peak) next Saturday at 1 p.m.
“Greeley West is a good team,” Dehning said. “We’ve just been focusing on each week at a time and we’ll have to get ready for that one.”
Longmont 41, Adams City 14
At Adams City H.S.
Longmont — Ethan Gabrielle 67 run (Cooper Rothe kick). Longmont — Eli Sullivan 1 run (Rothe kick). Longmont — Rothe 53 field goal.
Longmont — Rothe 44 field goal. Longmont — Rothe 27 interception return (Rothe kick). Longmont — Rothe 27 run (Rothe kick). Longmont — Trevor Cook 17 pass from Oakley Dehning (Rothe kick).
Adams City — Alex Marquez 52 run (pass incomplete). Adams City — Jahvell Johnson-Humphries 48 pass from Aaron Helbok (Helbok run).
RUSHING — Longmont: Ethan Gabrielle 2-71, Logan Goodner 4-35, Eli Sullivan 3-31, Cooper Rothe 2-29, Calvin Townsend 2-27, Kobe Martin 2-15, Drake Engelking 6-16, Oakley Dehning 5-5, Hayden Mosness 3-1, Conlan Berger 2-(-14). Adams City: Alex Marquez 21-102, Aaron Helbok 7-(-2), Joseph Gonzales 1-5.
PASSING — Longmont: Oakley Dehning 4-9-0-41. Adams City: Aaron Helbok 3-9-2-78.
RECEIVING — Longmont: Eli Sullivan 2-22, Trevor Cook 1-17, Ethan Gabrielle 1-2. Adams City: Jahvell Johnson-Humphries 1-48, Jovan Lippincott 1-31, Gavin Deguero 1-(-1).