Dunivan: Before the lights — previewing Centaurus, Monarch

Heck, if it’s a clear night in Lafayette tonight maybe I’ll just sleep out under the stars on the soft new turf at Spangenberg Field. After all, there won’t be ton of turnaround time between home football games for Centaurus (Friday night) and Monarch (Saturday morning) this weekend.

Having done the previews for both teams, I’m excited to get out and cover them for the first time. Monarch, of course, started the season in Florida and then had to travel down to Colorado Springs to take on Rampart in a toughie. Centaurus … well, I have no excuse with the Warriors having two home games already. It just worked out that way.

However, the Warriors have a big one tonight against a team I used to cover at the Loveland Reporter-Herald — that being the Berthoud Spartans. Monarch will try and tackle Class 4A No. 2 Denver South in the morning.

Here’s a brief look into both games:

Berthoud (1-1) at Centaurus (1-1), Friday, 7 p.m.

The Warriors bounced back nicely last week against Harrison, riding the arm of quarterback Shaquille Ebadi (20 of 30, 340 yards, 4 TDs) and rallying for the game’s final 13 points to overcome a 27-25 fourth-quarter deficit. Anthony Losasso also had a pair of touchdown runs, though the Warriors only had 70 rushing yards for the game.

Berthoud is 1-1 by virtue of a forfeit win in Week 1 to Greeley Central. I do not know the details, but it probably involves using an ineligible player as the Wildcats dominated the game itself 41-18. The Spartans lost last week’s game to Lutheran, 34-19, allowing 90 plays ran against them.

Ebadi used six different receivers in the win last week, and having been sacked just one time it shows the pass protect for CHS is doing quite well. The Warriors are going to get the ball to their speed guys, including Losasso in the passing game. Berthoud has allowed more than 400 yards passing in their two contests so far.

Berthoud’s Brock Voth is a dual-threat quarterback whom the Warriors will have to be aware of. He only had nine completions last week but those went for 153 yards, while Voth also broke free for 137 yards on the ground.

No. 2 Denver South (2-0) at Monarch (1-1), Saturday, 10 a.m.

This is kind of one of those classic tough-boy matchups that you like to see on the gridiron.

Denver South senior Marcus Lindsay already has 434 yards rushing on just 40 carries through two games, and the Rebels have accumulated 726 rushing yards and 11 rushing touchdowns while throwing for just 78 total yards.

For Monarch, it’s much of the same. Stone MacIntyre has 108 yards passing with a couple of TD’s in there, but the Coyotes have been pounding the ball against their opponents so far (460 rush yards, five TD’s). Alex Bradfield leads the way with 253 yards and three touchdowns.

There’s no reason to think either team will not stack the box and hope for the best.

One stat that jumped out at me looking at MaxPreps: the Coyotes, if I’m reading correctly, have yet to turn the ball over while Denver South has managed to win despite seven turnovers — four picks and three lost fumbles. Monarch’s chances of pulling off the on-paper upset would obviously go up dramatically if the Rebels continue to give the ball away.

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