A struggle

Marsh disappointed by effort in Central's latest loss

Central running back Tonka Little-Fawn finds some running room Saturday in the fourth quarter of the Warriors’ 46-7 loss to Wheat Ridge at Stocker Stadium. Little-Fawn scored the only TD for Central on a 1-yard run.

Rewards are elusive in a winless season, but Central High School football coach Shawn Marsh had been able to count on one thing through seven games this fall: The Warriors showed improvement every week, regardless of what the scoreboard suggested.

Then came Saturday against Wheat Ridge.

The 46-7 final score favoring Central’s opponent was familiar. The Warriors’ effort was not.

And that was disappointing as Marsh couldn’t turn to his usual postgame talk about continued improvement by his players.

Central (0-8) didn’t mount much offense in the first half, garnering two first downs, turning the ball over three times and going three-and-out on two of its four possessions that ended with punts.

Things didn’t go any better for the defense, which allowed Wheat Ridge (5-3) to take a 40-0 lead shortly before the intermission, activating the running clock for the rest of the nonleague game.

“The truth is we’ve been making great strides and improving each week, and for some reason that wasn’t the case today,” Marsh said.

Marsh is in his first year at the helm of Central, but he’s a veteran head coach, and he said Saturday was one of those bad games that happen on occasion. It’s beyond explanation, he said, and all you can do is move on to the next one intent on getting back to improving.

Marsh said he told his players they would be back at practice Monday hitting the sleds and trying to make themselves better, and they all responded by saying they’re ready to work.

“The kids keep battling, and that keeps you, as a coach, positive,” Marsh said. “They’re great young men, and they show up every day to work hard.”

Central avoided the shutout by scoring on its final possession of the game against the Farmers’ backups. The Warriors gained 80 yards on the
14-play drive, which sophomore running back Tonka Little-Fawn capped with a 1-yard run.

Central finished with 89 total yards of offense, and Wheat Ridge piled up 341 yards with 178 on the ground and 163 passing.


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