Briefs: Prep Football Sept. 20, 2009

The Grand Junction High School football team was handed its third nonconference loss by a tough opponent Saturday, losing 35-21 to Highlands Ranch.

The Tigers (0-3) had a 14-0 lead late in the third quarter, but a long punt return for a touchdown by Highlands Ranch at the end of the third gave the Falcons some momentum.

The Falcons scored four touchdowns in the fourth quarter to put the game away.

“We had an opportunity to go up on them and lost the ball,” Grand Junction coach Robbie Owens said of turnovers plaguing the Tigers.

The Highlands Ranch offense wore down the Tigers’ defense in the final quarter.

“They were just able to find some holes,” Owens said.

Although Highlands Ranch did not have film of the Tigers’ previous game against Pomona, the Falcons scouted the Tigers well. Quarterback Andy Willett, who ran for 174 yards against Pomona, was held in check by the Falcons’ defense.

“They took Andy out of the picture,” Owens said.

“We’re just seeing teams load up the box to make us throw,” Owens said.

Jayke Brock had two touchdown runs for Grand Junction, including a 75-yarder in the second quarter.

The Tigers begin Southwestern Conference play Saturday against Fruita Monument in the Wildcats’ homecoming game. 


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