Lobos’ passing attack too much for Warriors to handle
Central High School football coach Vern McGee, his staff and his players were fully aware of the hornet’s nest they were facing Saturday.
“They’re a very talented team,” McGee said, nodding his head in the direction of the Rocky Mountain bench after the Lobos defeated Central 29-6 at Stocker Stadium.
Rocky Mountain (4-0) entered the game ranked eighth in this week’s RockyPreps Class 5A poll and showed why.
Lobos quarterback Bryan Peters, considered one of the state’s top passing prospects, proved it by throwing four touchdown passes.
The Warriors knew they had to contain wide receiver Jake Stewart, who had 287 receiving yards entering the game.
Central controlled Stewart, but Peters just went to his other options. In all, five different Lobos caught passes.
“We were just planning on playing our game, (which is) throwing it around,” Peters said. “It worked in the first half.”
It worked to the tune of nine completions in 11 pass attempts, including seven in a row, for three touchdowns and a 20-0 lead by the half.
Peters threw over the middle, he threw the sideline pass, he threw the fade route. In all, he threw 25 times, completing 14 for 247 yards.
Central moved the ball well, especially with a balanced running game. Quarterback Holden Reed finished with 65 yards on 14 carries, running back Nolan Curtis had 64 yards on 16 carries and slotback Clay Kame gained 47 yards on 13 carries.
“We just took what they gave us,” Reed said. “I didn’t expect to run that much, but you’ve got to take what they give you.”
What they weren’t giving Central was the long pass — or much in the medium range, either.
“Our offense actually moved the ball,” McGee said. “We just couldn’t finish.”
In fact, it took a pass to Curtis coming out of the backfield, good for 64 yards, to get Central on the board in the fourth quarter. Curtis took the pass on the right side, broke a tackle just past the line of scrimmage and was off to the races.
“Their defense really went to the ball well,” McGee said.
Rocky Mountain picked off five passes.
“Those two safeties came up,” McGee said.
“They ran a lot of different coverages,” Reed said.
McGee said his team’s effort in the second half showed improvement on both sides of the ball. That was especially evident in the passing department, where the Warriors gained 107 yards after halftime.
Central (2-2) approached the game as a tune-up for the heart of the season, the Southwestern Conference schedule, which begins Friday at 8 p.m. against Fruita Monument.
“Now’s when it matters,” McGee said.