Briefs: Prep Football Roundup September 06, 2008

Pomona rolls over Junction

ARVADA — Tyler Palmer had the opportunity to see Pomona running back Donovan Bowens first-hand during a football camp the two were attending over the summer in Boulder.

Seeing Bowens is one thing; stepping onto the field and trying to take down the bruising senior is another.

“He’s an awesome player,” the Grand Junction senior said after Bowens rushed for 146 yards and two touchdowns in Pomona’s 41-7 victory over the Tigers on Friday at the North Area Athletic Complex in Arvada.

“He’s definitely one of the best, if not the best, running backs in the state.”

Bowens only carried the ball 17 times on the afternoon, but the team didn’t need much more out of him. Six different Panthers tallied 255 yards on the ground for Pomona (2-0), which ran up more than 400 yards overall on the Tigers’ defense.

Panthers junior quarterback Nathan Grimes was 10-of-17 passing with one touchdown and added two more scores on quarterback draws. Grimes and Bowens gave Pomona a 14-0 lead in the first quarter, and Emilio Henry made it a three-touchdown cushion with a 1-yard run early in the second quarter.

Grimes’ 24-yard scoring strike to Keegan Ryan, who caught six balls for 96 yards, made it 28-0 at halftime.

“We always say we need to come out strong and play hard and make sure we don’t make any mistakes. Once you get out there, just leave it all on the field,” Bowens said. “Once we turned it on in the first half, we never
looked back.”

Bowens and Grimes added short scoring runs in the second half to make it 41-0. The Tigers picked it up and began to move the ball in the second half, with senior tight end Dillon Marshall breaking up the shutout with an 11-yard touchdown pass from freshman Sean Rubalcaba late in the fourth quarter.

Marshall caught four passes for 89 yards and Jayke Brock rushed for 88 yards to pace Grand Junction (0-2), which was coming off a loss to another Big 8 Conference opponent in Arvada West the previous week.

“You’re only as good as the last week you played and that just means we’ve got to come out against Highlands Ranch this week and just work hard in practice and see what happens,” Palmer said. “We’ve got a lot of room to improve, but I know the whole team, we all tried and played our butts off.”

In other action, Olathe rode a solid first quarter to a 18-2 victory over Meeker. The Pirates’ Marvin Rivera took a handoff 58 yards to score the first touchdown less than 30 seconds into the game. Olathe next found the end zone when Garrett Jurgens connected with Dylan Marklo to put the Pirates up 12-0. That score maintained until 10:26 in the fourth quarter when Rivera ran it in from 5 yards out.

Glenwood Springs improved to 3-0 and 1-0 in Western Slope Conference play by defeating Eagle Valley 42-21.

The Demons travel next week to Delta.

Dove Creek took care of Nucla 55-0. The Bulldogs outscored Nucla 46-0 in the first half.

Aspen blitzed Rangely 48-6. The Skiers had a big game from running back Beau Seguin, who scored all of
Aspen’s points in the first quarter. Seguin had two rushing touchdowns (3 yards and 35 yards) and a
60- yard punt return. The Skiers scored three other times on the ground in the games.

Cortez got its first win of the season, defeating Pagosa Springs 20-14. Rifle earned a big win over Moffat County 42-35. Steamboat shut down Delta 29-5. Hotchkiss routed Cedaredge, 49-7. Hayden took care of Roaring Fork 34-14. Kirtland Central N.M. defeated Durango 44-30 and Buena Vista topped Gunnison 23-0.


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