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    The top-ranked Mead Mavericks celebrate after knocking off Roosevelt Friday night. Go to BoCoPreps.com for more photos.

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    Mead's Dominic Esters scores a touchdown Friday against Roosevelt. Go to BoCoPreps.com for more photos.

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    Mead coach Jason Klatt goes over strategy with Tyler Keys Friday night. Go to BoCoPreps.com for more photos.

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    Nathan Mackey breaks into the open field during Mead's win over Roosevelt on Friday. Go to BoCoPreps.com for more photos.



LONGMONT — Considering that every team in the Tri-Valley League came into Friday’s football games with season records of 5-0 or 4-1 — and five teams were ranked among the top seven in the state in Class 3A — it was time to start sorting out who are the real contenders and pretenders.

League play began on Friday night for two teams with designs on the title, and based on the results, put Mead in the contender category. The undefeated Mavericks celebrated their first week ever at No. 1 in the 3A state poll by putting a hurt on No. 5 Roosevelt, 33-6.

“Oh, it’s going to be a dogfight,” Mead coach Jason Klatt said of the Tri-Valley race. “We’re going to celebrate this (win) because we know how good (the Roughriders) are and how well-coached they are. And every team in our league is that. We’re going to have to take one game at a time and be humble in our successes.”

It was a good sign that this was going to be Mead’s night when it led 13-0 before Roosevelt had taken an offensive snap.

The Mavericks scored on their third play from scrimmage via a little trickery, with the ball going to running back Derek Edwards, who lofted a pass to Dominic Esters for a 67-yard touchdown. It was Edwards’ first pass completion as a varsity player.

“We have our little trick plays,” said Edwards, who also racked up 106 yards on 10 carries in his ‘day job’ — which is to say rushing the football. “We just happened to pull it out at the right time.”

Asked about any QB experience he might have, Edwards said, “I was like third string quarterback on C team my freshman year. That’s about it.”

From there, MHS’ Jake Wachter recovered a fumble on the subsequent kickoff return, and quarterback Tyler Keys broke up the middle on a fourth-and-3, rushing for a 17-yard TD.

Later in the first half, the Mead’s defense came up big, leaving Roosevelt scoreless after twice getting inside the Maverick 25-yard line. The Roughriders were held to 98 yards of total offense before intermission.

Taylor Kamigaki booted two field goals, including one with 4.9 seconds left, to give Mead a 19-0 lead at halftime.

And the romp continued in the third quarter as the Roughriders were stopped at the MHS 30 after driving 61 yards, then Mead turned around and quickly drove 65 yards for another TD.

“Our body language and our attitude and our effort were really good,” Klatt said. “Our energy was really good coming out, so I was pleased with that. We kind of jumped on them early because of that. We’ve been a team that starts fast and we did that tonight. That really helped us.”

Roosevelt finally got on the scoreboard with 9:34 left in the game when QB Trent Beall hit T.J. Sterling with a 6-yard TD pass. But at 26-6, it was too little too late for the Roughriders.

“We take great pride in what we do,” Edwards said. “We knew they were a good team; we just had to come out and play.

“We don’t concern ourselves with the rankings. We just concern ourselves with what we’re doing and how good we’re going to do it because we know if we perform at our top level, the sky’s the limit.”

Mead won by 27 despite scoring its fewest points in a game this season. The Mavericks came in averaging 48 points per contest.

Supplementing Edwards’ 106 yards rushing were 112 on the ground from Nathan Mackey and 56 from Keys.

Defensively, Hunter Payne intercepted a pass for Mead, and Wachter and Bryson Tillema recoverd fumbles.

While Mead improved to 6-0 and 1-0 in league action, Roosevelt saw its three-game win streak end as the Roughriders felt to 4-2 and 0-1.

Next up, Mead travels to Frederick for a 7 p.m. game on Thursday.

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Mead 33, Roosevelt 6

At Mead H.S.

Roosevelt (4-2, 0-1)0006—6

Mead (6-0, 1-0)16377—33

First quarter

Mead — Dominic Esters 67 pass from Derek Edwards (Taylor Kamigaki kick). Mead — Tyler Keys 17 run (run fail). Mead — Kamigaki 23 FG.

Second quarter

Mead — Kamigaki 23 FG.

Third quarter

Mead — Keys 4 run (Kamigaki kick).

Fourth quarter

Roosevelt — T.J. Sterling 6 pass from Trent Beall (kick fail). Mead — Nathan Mackey 2 run (Kamigaki kick).


RUSHING — Roosevelt: Sanchez 12-81, Beall 10-48, Hurtado 11-31, Templeman 2-5, Sterling -(-1). Mead: Mackey 15-112, Edwards 10-106, Keys 16-56.

PASSING — Roosevelt: Beall 11-18-0-75, Templeman 1-4-1-5. Mead: Edwards 1-1-0-67, Keys 2-4-0-20.

RECEIVING — Roosevelt: Sterling 3-28, Wall 2-19, Shuffler 2-13, Sanchez 2-9, Hunt 2-9, Hernandez 1-2. Mead: Esters 1-67, Lavanchy 1-20, Edwards 1-0.