Montrose roughs up Central
MONTROSE — Comparing the Montrose High School football team’s results to those of the other Southwestern Conference opponents at this point in the season was like using the old apples vs. oranges analogy.
If Friday night was any indication, the Indians are more than prepared to enter the SWC campaign.
Playing in its first conference game, Montrose rolled past Central 45-13.
The Indians left little doubt in the first half, scoring on their first five possessions.
“We all knew if we played the way we can, we’d be OK,” Montrose head coach Todd Casebier said.
Since losing to Glenwood Springs 31-26 to open the season, the Indians (6-1, 1-0 SWC) have defeated their past six opponents an average of 36.5 points.
As impressive as the Indians’ offense has been under backup quarterback Nathan Robertson, it’s the Montrose defense that has set the tone. The Indians have shut out two opponents during that streak and had not given up more than one touchdown to any of their previous five opponents.
It took an 89-yard kickoff return by Vandon Sanchez on the last play of the game for Central to score its second touchdown.
Robertson, a 6-foot-2, 185-pound sophomore, has filled in admirably for the snakebitten Kirk English, a senior who led the Indians to the SWC title last year but has had two injuries this fall.
English broke his right hand late in the loss to Glenwood. Last week, in his first full since that injury, he broke his left arm in the Indians’ 37-7 victory over Rock Canyon.
In his absence, Robertson is undefeated as the starting quarterback.
Against the Warriors (3-4, 1-1), he was particularly effective on the roll-out pass, throwing equally well rolling to either side.
“The key thing about Nate is the other guys are helping him out,” Casebier said, referring not only to the offensive line but to running backs Jordan Passehl and Glayden Berry and receivers Mac Alexander and Shane Hedrick.
Berry rushed for 100 yards and one score, Passehl for 85 yards and another. For his part, Robertson added 148 yards and a 62-yard touchdown run.
Being their first conference game (and homecoming), “We were pretty fired up for tonight,” Robertson said.
They take on Fruita Monument next Friday at Stocker Stadium.
“We were embarrassed by Fruita last year,” Casebier said. “We know this doesn’t mean anything if we don’t beat Fruita next week.”