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More than a Foot-note: Freshman has big game as Longmont survives Monarch

Joey Foot had five catches for 71 yards and a score in the win

  • Monarch High School's Will Herzig (No. ...

    Monarch High School's Will Herzig (No. 4) is shoved out of bounds before the end zone by Longmont High School's Gael Garcia (No. 7) and Logan Johnson (No. 10) at Everly-Montgomery Field in Longmont on Friday, Oct. 14, 2022. Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer)

  • Longmont High School's Kolby Holmes (No. ...

    Longmont High School's Kolby Holmes (No. 15) shakes a tackle from Monarch High School's Archie Jahn (No. 25) at Everly-Montgomery Field in Longmont on Friday, Oct. 14, 2022. Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer)

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    Monarch High School's Fox Reichert (No. 7) is brought down by Longmont High School's Gael Garcia (No. 7) and Silas Nowlin (No. 5) at Everly-Montgomery Field in Longmont on Friday, Oct. 14, 2022. Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer)

  • Monarch High School's Fox Reichert (No. ...

    Monarch's Fox Reichert (No. 7) tries to tackle Longmont's Joey Foot (No. 26) as he runs in for a touchdown at Everly-Montgomery Field on Frinday night. (Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer)

  • Monarch High School's Owen Mellish (No. ...

    Monarch High School's Owen Mellish (No. 2) is tackled by Longmont High School's Cole Gaddis (No. 2) at Everly-Montgomery Field in Longmont on Friday, Oct. 14, 2022. Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer)

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    Monarch High School's Owen Mellish (No. 2) and Fox Reichert (No. 7) celebrate a touchdown by Aidan Murray (No. 15) against Longmont High School at Everly-Montgomery Field in Longmont on Friday, Oct. 14, 2022. Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer)

  • Monarch High School's Aidan Murray (No. ...

    Monarch High School's Aidan Murray (No. 15) runs in for a touchdown against Longmont High School at Everly-Montgomery Field in Longmont on Friday, Oct. 14, 2022. Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer)

  • Monarch High School's Fox Reichert (No. ...

    Monarch High School's Fox Reichert (No. 7) runs the ball against Longmont High School at Everly-Montgomery Field in Longmont on Friday, Oct. 14, 2022. Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer)

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    Monarch High School's Evan Lyons (No. 26) tries to kick a field goal against Longmont High School at Everly-Montgomery Field in Longmont on Friday, Oct. 14, 2022. Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer)

  • Monarch High School's Griffyn Weber (No. ...

    Monarch High School's Griffyn Weber (No. 22) is tackled by Longmont High School's Silas Nowlin (No. 5) at Everly-Montgomery Field in Longmont on Friday, Oct. 14, 2022. Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer)

  • Longmont High School's Kolby Holmes (No. ...

    Longmont High School's Kolby Holmes (No. 15) hands off to Cole Gaddis (No. 2) during the game against Monarch High School at Everly-Montgomery Field in Longmont on Friday, Oct. 14, 2022. Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer)

  • Monarch High School's Griffyn Weber (No. ...

    Monarch High School's Griffyn Weber (No. 22) misses the ball during the game against Longmont High School at Everly-Montgomery Field in Longmont on Friday, Oct. 14, 2022. Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer)

  • Monarch High School's Asher Ewing (No. ...

    Monarch;'s Asher Ewing (No. 10) hands off to Griffyn Weber (No. 22) during Friday's game at Longmont. (Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer)

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    Monarch High School's Griffyn Weber (No. 22) is tackled by Longmont High School's Cole Gaddis (No. 2) at Everly-Montgomery Field in Longmont on Friday, Oct. 14, 2022. Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer)

  • Monarch High School's Archie Jahn (No. ...

    Monarch High School's Archie Jahn (No. 25) tackles Longmont High School's Bryson Standberg (No. 1) at Everly-Montgomery Field in Longmont on Friday, Oct. 14, 2022. Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer)

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    Longmont High School's Bryson Standberg (No. 1) looks to get past Monarch High School's Tres McMahon (No. 3) at Everly-Montgomery Field in Longmont on Friday, Oct. 14, 2022. Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer)

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LONGMONT — The stress of a stomach-churning, last-seconds win melted away from Longmont junior Cole Gaddis’ face when asked about freshman teammate Joey Foot. He could finally take a breath and smile.

Watching their two-touchdown lead almost completely disappear via the right arm of Monarch quarterback Asher Ewing Friday night, the Trojans put their trust in — yep, a freshman.

Foot dazzled throughout the night — even picked up two key first downs on Longmont’s long-winded fourth quarter drive that dwindled the clock below 4 minutes — and the Trojans survived by way of a missed 43-yard field goal in the last minute to beat the Coyotes 22-20 at Everly-Montgomery Field.

“I’ve been around Joey since like third or fourth grade and, oh my goodness, he surprises me more and more every day,” Gaddis grinned. “He plays like he’s a senior, like he’s been in this environment for three or four years.”

Foot finished with five catches for 71 yards, catching the opening touchdown of the game while tip-toeing the backline of the end zone.

Gaddis added two touchdowns on the ground, though he finished just shy of his sixth straight 100-yard game for the Trojans (4-4, 3-0 4A League 2), who lead Erie (4-4, 2-0) by a half game in the standings. Kolby Holmes threw for 152 yards and a score, rushed for 71.

It almost wasn’t enough.

Monarch coach Aaron Paddock embraced player after player following its comeback bid that wasn’t to be.

Ewing threw for three scores — one to each Fox Reichert, Griffyn Weber, Aidan Murray — and got his team into position to tie the game with a 2-point conversion attempt with 9:12 remaining. Longmont’s Gael Garcia broke it up.

The junior then led the Coyotes (3-5, 0-2) down the field on one final drive to set up the potential winning field goal. It drifted wide left.

“I think it just speaks to our kids’ character that they were able to make some adjustments, not get down on themselves and find a deeper level of battling it out with Longmont,” Paddock said. “These are special kids who are determined to make Monarch football great again and I think you saw that in the fight on the field there.”

Gaddis’ second rushing TD of the night, 17th of the season, came as time expired in the opening half to put the Trojans up 22-7.

Monarch raced back as Weber took a screen pass 60 yards down the far sideline to pull the Coyotes within eight. Murray caught his first TD of the season early in the fourth to get things within two.

Longmont then used a 10-play drive aided by two key third-down conversions by Foot to waste 5:21 off the clock before stalling on Monarch’s 16. The Coyotes, with one final chance, went 59 yards on nine plays to set up the potential winning kick.

Longmont hosts Erie next Friday in a winner-takes-league matchup. Monarch is home against Greeley West Oct. 22.