Marsh encouraged by fight Warriors show
LONGMONT — Although it was a touchdown that did little to bandage the heavy wound the Central High School football team absorbed Saturday, it nonetheless provided coach Shawn Marsh with an encouraging sign.
The Warriors might have a few more harrowing growing pains like the 47-7 drubbing they received on a long road trip to Longmont High School, but at least Marsh headed back to the Western Slope confident his club will never throw in the towel.
Few things went right for the Warriors in a game that saw the mercy-rule running clock initiated before halftime, but at least Central did not quit when the club easily could have slunk off Everly-Montgomery Field.
Instead, the Warriors put together their best drive of the day on their final possession, nearly equaling the yardage total they managed through 3½ quarters before ruining the Trojans’ bid for a shutout with a 1-yard touchdown run by Wyatt McElwain.
“Losing is tough, but we’re fighting a lot of battles right now, and the battles that we’re fighting we’re getting better at,” Marsh said. “Our kids will fight you and battle you. Longmont had subbed in, of course, but what (the TD) means to me is that our kids were still battling. They were still fighting and still trying to get better.”
Until that final drive, highlighted by a 50-yard run from Triston Dorrington and a 32-yard run by Jacob Rubalcaba, the Warriors had managed only 90 yards.
Defensively, Central stopped the Trojans on downs on the game’s opening possession, but afterward it was all Longmont. The Trojans scored 40 points on their next six possessions, the final 10 occurring after two Warriors fumbles that left Central in a 40-0 hole at halftime.
“We’ve got a lot of stuff we’ve got to do, but we improved over last week,” said Marsh, whose club has surrendered 92 points in its first two games. “We played a good football team. We just have to get better at the game. We’ve got to get better at tackling and basic fundamentals of the game, and that’s what we’re focusing on in practice.”
Central (0-2), which dressed only 28 players for the game, hosts high-scoring D’Evelyn this week.