GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.

X

Football: Boulder has no answer for Prairie View

Panthers lose fourth straight game

  • Jeremy Papasso/ Staff Photographer

    Boulder High School quarterback Hale Chargois throws a pass during a game against Prairie View on Friday in Brighton.

  • Jeremy Papasso/ Staff Photographer

    Prairie View High School quarterback Daniel Jiminez dives into the endzone for touchdown during a game against Boulder on Friday in Brighton.

  • Jeremy Papasso/ Staff Photographer

    Boulder High School's Parker Patchett runs after making a catch during a game against Prairie View on Friday in Brighton.

  • Jeremy Papasso/ Staff Photographer

    Boulder High School's Saul Escobar runs the ball during a game against Prairie View on Friday in Brighton.

  • Jeremy Papasso/Staff Photographer

    Boulder High School quarterback Hale Chargois runs the ball during a game against Prairie View on Friday in Brighton.

  • Jeremy Papasso/ Staff Photographer

    Boulder High School's Shane Provost runs the ball during a game against Prairie View on Friday in Brighton.

of

Expand
PUBLISHED: | UPDATED:

HENDERSON — Boulder, a week after taking undefeated Smoky Hill to the brink, couldn’t stop the bruising rush attack of Prairie View Friday night.

Now comes more questions for a program continuing to search for answers.

“Our team has to look in the mirror,” said Panthers coach Ryan Bishop, whose team dropped to 2-5 after falling 20-8 at Prairie View High School. “We’ve been preaching to them, ‘us’. We can’t worry about other teams and we have to worry about us. We did that last week and we were able to compete. This week, we shot ourselves in the foot.”

The Panthers have dropped four straight since a 2-1 start to the season.

Boulder High School quarterback Hale Chargois ...
Jeremy Papasso/Staff Photographer
Boulder High School quarterback Hale Chargois runs the ball during a game against Prairie View on Friday in Brighton.

In defeat, there have been bright spots signaling for “better things to come”  — i.e., second-half leads against 2018 playoff teams in Denver East and Smoky Hill. A sense of angst, however, surrounded their latest loss.

The Thunderhawks scored on all three of their first-half drives, drumming up 210 yards on the ground while pushing to a 20-0 lead by the break. Then, they took more than nine minutes off the clock in a yawning drive to open the third quarter, eventually stalling out at the 5.

“Basically, it just looked like from the locker room to the ride up here we weren’t ready to play,” Boulder junior Drake Arthur said. “And when we’re trying to change a culture, we can’t be OK with losing.”

The Panthers (2-4 5A Metro 10) finally found some life in the fourth quarter when Tyler Turner caught a touchdown off a tip, and then hauled in the ensuing two-point conversion to cut the lead to 20-8 with 10:30 remaining. Hale Chargois’ strike bounced off one receiver to Turner for the 25-yard score, good for the senior QB’s 10th passing TD of the season.

The Thunderhawks (4-3, 4-2) held the ball for the next 7:53 to put the game out of reach. On the drive, the Panthers forced Prairie View into a quick fourth-and-14 but was called for roughing the punter to give it a first down. A bit later, they allowed the drive to again continue after a pass interference on third-and-long.

“It’s the same people making big mistakes week in and week out,” Bishop said. “Penalties are killing us. I wouldn’t be shocked if we were leading the nation in penalties.”

The Thunderhawks went 70 yards in 11 plays on their first drive as Larenz Lovelace took a pitch to outside marker before slicing through blockers for a 23-yard score. They then went 62 yards in 10 plays on their second drive — with quarterback Daniel Jimenez sneaking into the end zone from a yard away. And on their third try, they went 80 yards on five plays, fueled by a 54-yard scramble from Jimenez.

Prairie View rushed for 279 yards compared to Boulder’s 54. It outgained the Panthers overall, 281-181.

Boulder will host Rangeview next week.