LONGMONT — Silver Creek football wasted no time forcing Mountain View out of contention in the Raptors’ home opener on Friday night at Everly-Montgomery Field.
With each pass, each tackle, the Raptors controlled the pace of the game and hardly let the Mountain Lions gain an inch. That all-around effort, from start to finish, gave way to a 37-9 victory to begin the season for a team that didn’t win a single game during the 2020 season.
“After last season, this feels really good,” head coach Brian McGee said. “These kids have worked hard all offseason. They’ve put in time and done some hard things since last year, so for them to be able to come out and experience what it’s like to have fans back in the stands, it’s pretty special.”
The Raptors relied heavily on the offensive stylings of senior quarterback Bryce Gorr, who threw three touchdowns among his 260 yards. The Mountain Lions didn’t stand a chance against that kind of production and they certainly couldn’t match it. He didn’t take a single snap as quarterback last year, not that anyone watching Friday night would know it.
“It’s mind-boggling,” Gorr said. “After sitting on the sideline for three years cheering these guys on, it feels great to actually feel like you’re part of the team and actually lead the team and lead them to a good score and lead them to a win.”
It didn’t hurt that the Raptor defense put up a score, too.
Silver Creek got off to a hot start on Friday night when Gorr connected with Rodrigo Ordonez-Enriquez for a 10-yard score to put their team up 7-0 with 5:40 left in the first quarter. The Raptor defense followed that effort up with a quick stop as Bridger Sutherland intercepted the ball and ran it back to the end zone, only to have it called back for holding.
Eli Hubert avenged his teammate with nine minutes left in the first half when he graced the end zone on a 34-yard pass to double their lead. Five minutes later, senior kicker Jaren Young turned that into a 17-0 advantage when he nailed a 26-yard field goal.
Silver Creek carried that score to a long halftime, which was extended 30 minutes by a lightning delay. Up to that point, Gorr had enjoyed a 143-yard passing performance to boost the team’s confidence heading into the final two quarters.
Josef Dostal dotted the exclamation point on Silver Creek’s first-half performance when, less than five minutes into the third quarter, he recovered Mountain View quarterback Aaron Baumann’s fumble for a 75-yard sprint for a touchdown.
“I had a blitz on that, so I went to the gap,” Dostal said. “The ball popped out, I guess. I grabbed it. The guy didn’t really see me and they thought the refs would call it down and they didn’t. And then I just took off, ran as quick as I could and got my first touchdown.”
That put the Mountain Lions past the point of no return, trailing 24-0 with 19 minutes left to play. That didn’t mean Mountain View couldn’t try.
During Silver Creek’s next offensive possession, the Raptors made a costly mistake when they fumbled the ball on their own 5-yard line, allowing the Mountain Lions to score just two plays later.
That didn’t fly with Gorr.
Less than a minute later, he launched the ball upfield to Hubert, who took it straight to the bank on a monster 81-yard play to destroy Mountain View’s momentum from the moment it began. Silver Creek carried the 31-6 advantage into the start of the fourth quarter.
Cole Rogers kept the party going early into that final frame when he ran for 18 yards for a touchdown and a 37-6 lead. The Mountain Lions added a last gasp on offense with a field goal in the final seven minutes of play.
The Raptors return to action next Friday to host Centaurus at 7 p.m. with heightened confidence and a solid game plan encompassing Gorr moving forward.
“We knew (Gorr) had the potential to do it if he didn’t force things and if he played the way he could,” McGee said. “Our offensive line stepped up and gave him the protection he needed. We’ve got some great skill positions at the receiver. It’s what we expected out of our offense and I’m glad they came through tonight.”