The last two times Boulder had faced Westminster in football, it wasn’t pretty from the Panthers’ perspective.
BHS not only lost both games, but by 40 points on each occasion, with Westy scoring 56 and 62.
But those games took place in 2014 and ’15. Ancient history, right?
Apparently, not so much.
In their first meeting in three years, Westminster picked up where it left off against Boulder with a 40-0 rout on Friday night at Recht field.
“It’s a gut check for us,” said first-year BHS head coach Ryan Bishop. “This could define our season, but we don’t want it to. The kids played hard and made some mistakes.”
The loss, BHS’ second straight, dropped the Panthers to 2-3 overall and to 2-2 in 5A Metro 10 League action. Boulder is looking for its first season-long winning record since 2003. Westy, meanwhile, improved to 4-1 and 4-0 in league.
The Wolves, sparked by an interception by Daniel Marrujo on Boulder’s first possession, scored touchdowns the first three times they had the ball and was up 21-0 in the first quarter.
On the Panthers’ third play from scrimmage, senior quarterback Preston Stansel had his pass picked by Marrujo, who returned the ball to the BHS 19-yard line. Three players later, Tanner Sisco rushed 2 yards for the first Westminster score.
The Wolves subsequently added TDs on drives of 47 and 52 yards on their next two drives. The Panthers didn’t stop Westy until putting the kibosh on a fourth-and-6 try from the BHS 27 with 3:47 left in the second period.
Meanwhile, the only first down Boulder managed in the first quarter was via a Westminster penalty.
Indicative of how things went for BHS in the first half, when sophomore Alvin Rodriguez, who saw plenty of playing time as the offense was ineffective early on, completed a 32-yard pass in the second quarter to give the Panthers a sign of life, fellow sophomore Drake Arthur fumbled the ball away.
“We started off bad and it all went down from there,” Rodriguez said. “It was kind of frustrating, but we’ve got to keep on fighting. That’s football. You’ve got to fight, get up and fight again and again and again each week.”
Despite Rodriguez playing most of the second half and finishing with 59 yards passing on 5-for-8 accuracy — and starter Stansel going 1 of 5 for 2 yards and an interception, Bishop said Stansel will remain the starter for the road game against Smoky Hill on Sept. 29.
“We have a quarterback in Preston that can do everything for us,” Bishop said. “We didn’t lose faith in Preston. Preston is my starter going into Smoky Hill and we’ll have a package for Alvin. And we’ll have a package for Hale (Chargois). We have three good quarterbacks who are battling it out every week. I’m going to stay with the senior with the big heart.”
Also not helping matters for Boulder on Friday were 110 yards in penalties.
If Westminster left any doubt with its three-TD lead at intermission, that was eliminated on the first play from scrimmage in the third quarter when Sisco scored his third TD of the game, this time running 70 yards. The senior finished the night with 136 yards and four touchdowns.
His 70-yarder was the first of three more TDs for the Wolves in the third period, leading to a 40-0 lead and a mercy-rule running clock starting in the final seconds of the third period.
“Every time we’d get a little bit of momentum, we’d shoot ourselves in the foot,” Bishop said. “But that’s a really good Westy team. They’re physical and they like to play smash-mouth football. They came out and threw the first punch and we just couldn’t recover.”
Boulder, which came into the game averaging 11.5 points per contest, managed just 116 yards of total offense on Friday.
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Westminster 40, Boulder 0
At Recht Field
Westminster (4-1, 4-0)210190—40Boulder (2-3, 2-2)0000—0
Westy — Tanner Sisco 2 run (Elmer Valdez kick). Westy — Matt Harris 37 pass from Romeo Rodriguez (Valdez kick). Westy — Sisco 27 run (Valdez kick).
Westy — Sisco 70 run (kick blocked) . Westy — Miguel Villalobos 8 pass from Rodriguez (kick blocked). Westy — Sisco 5 run (Valdez kick).
RUSHING — Westminster: Sisco 12-136, Lopez 12-53, Reiman 5-44, Villalobos 8-39, Rodriguez 3-32, Avitia 4-15, Jameson 3-8, Silva 2-8, Armijo 1-1. Boulder: Provost 11-31, Rodriguez 4-9, Feenstra 5-7, Stansel 5-7, Patchett 1-5.
PASSING — Westminster: Rodriguez 4-8-0-87. Boulder: Rodriguez 5-8-0-59, Stansel 1-5-12, Chargois 0-1-0-0.
RECEIVING — Westminster: Harris 2-60, Villalobos 1-8. Boulder: Arthur 4-62, Provost 1-2.