Youngren has four TDs in Montrose’s win
MONTROSE — In his first varsity football game, Montrose High School sophomore Angelo Youngren was hoping to make an impact.
In Friday’s 27-21 season opening win against Rock Canyon, he played multiple positions and achieved his goal.
The sophomore took his place in the backfield to run, played in the defensive secondary and also served as the team’s kicker.
He scored all four of the Indians’ touchdowns, had an interception and only missed once on point-after kicks.
“Ang is a great competitor, a super kid, and I thought he ran tough tonight,” Montrose coach Todd Casebier said. “He practices determined and he trains determined. That’s the kind of kid that’s easy to coach, and he’s a great competitor.”
All throughout the game, Youngren found open holes in Rock Canyon’s defense, and used them to score three touchdowns in the first half, then added the fourth in the third quarter.
On 18 carries, he had 129 of the Indians’ 285 rushing yards, including a 48-yard touchdown run that put Montrose up 14-0 late in the first quarter.
The Indians’ offense was largely run-oriented, with Youngren sharing carries with Kordell Bradshaw and Cameron Jones.
The Indians’ defense faced a balanced Jaguar offense that had success both in the air and on the ground.
Rock Canyon quarterback Chris Sauer finished with 122 passing yards and fullback Eric Williams had 122 rushing yards. In the second half, backup quarterback Ryan Hommel came in and threw for 97 yards.
The Montrose defense didn’t start to slip until the fourth quarter, when the Indians led 27-7.
With 6:52 left, Williams took a handoff on second and 15 and ran it 41 yards to cut the lead to 13.
On their next possession, the Jaguars went on a 75-yard drive, with Hommel hitting Jacob Cohn on a 43-yard touchdown with 1:38 left.
“It got a little ugly late,” Casebier said. “I thought we had the game in hand and that (comeback) was unfortunate.”
Casebier said although his team struggled at times, largely because of limited practice in full pads, he was proud of the win.
“We went against a bigger, stronger team that’s going to be 5A next year and we had a lot against us,” he said. “They had a lot more depth than us and I thought our guys did some great things on both sides of the ball.”