Tigers lose another QB, game
Grand Junction High School football coach Robbie Owens has been telling college and high school coaches that Kain Colter is the best football player in the state.
Colter, the 6-foot-1, 180-pound senior quarterback for Cherry Creek, did a lot Saturday to back up Owens’ claim.
Returning from two injuries, Colter led the Bruins to a 35-3 victory over Grand Junction at Stocker Stadium.
Colter, who has verbally committed to play at Stanford, tore the labrum in a shoulder the first week of the season. He had been playing wide receiver but was knocked out of last week’s game with a concussion.
The Bruins (3-3) had been struggling with him out of the lineup.
The decision to start him at quarterback Saturday came just before game time. Colter proceeded to lead a balanced attack by rushing for 95 yards and two touchdowns and passing for 142 yards and another.
Although Cherry Creek’s quarterback problems seem to be resolved with Colter behind center, Grand Junction’s quarterback woes continue.
Starter Sean Rubalcaba is still out with a broken leg, and backup Charlie Willett was injured in the season opener.
On Saturday, Andy Willett, who had been taking the snaps since then, aggravated an injury to his right knee during Grand Junction’s first drive.
Owens turned to running back Jayke Brock.
“With what we have left at the quarterback position, my feeling was just get the ball to Jayke and let him carry us,” Owens said. “He’s our senior leader.”
Brock carried 37 times out of the direct snap, gaining 96 yards. He also completed three of nine passes, but his lone interception set up Cherry Creek’s first score midway through the first quarter.
“(Taking) the snap was a little different,” Brock said. “The other thing is, at tailback I just go. At quarterback you’ve got to wait and see.”
Brock directed a final drive that came up one yard short of the goal line as the game ended.
The Tigers battled a virus that affected the team and the coaching staff all week. Owens even missed a couple of days of practice.
“I’m taking a lot of the blame,” Owens said for feeling his team wasn’t totally prepared.
Saturday was Grand Junction’s final nonconference game. The Tigers (2-4, 1-0 SWC) play Friday at Durango.
“Our goal is still to win the Southwestern Conference, so we’ve got to win these next three games,” Owens said.
Owens attended Friday’s Durango-Fruita Monument game and was impressed by the unbeaten Demons.
“They’re a special team,” he said. “Our kids know going down to Durango is a tough thing.”