‘Cats cruise to easy win vs. Adams City
COMMERCE CITY — It’s a good thing the Fruita Monument High School football team doesn’t believe in omens.
Heading out for a Zero Week season-opening game at Adams City on Friday, the Wildcats’ bus broke down before it had even left Grand Junction.
On the way up to Eisenhower Tunnel, the team witnessed a vehicle go off the road.
An hour-and-a-half before the game, a heavy rainstorm that produced some hail pelted the stadium. Fortunately, Adams City’s field has artificial turf.
Friday’s game was even delayed a half hour at the start of the second quarter.
None of that deterred Fruita Monument as it opened with a 56-7 victory over the Eagles.
The Wildcats were dominant on both sides of the ball. They took the opening kickoff and marched 66 yards in nine plays, overcoming a holding penalty to score on Cody Basinger’s end-around from eight yards out.
After holding the Eagles, it took one play to add to the lead as quarterback Jacob Lynch danced around right end, tight-roped the sideline and scampered 41 yards for a score.
A fumble recovery gave the Wildcats the ball on Adams City’s five-yard line. Lineman Ty Schroeder, doing his best William “Refrigerator” Perry impression, bulled over the goal line on the next play for the score.
With 11 offensive plays, 112 yards and three scores in less than five minutes of possession, the rout was on.
As effective as Fruita was on offense, where it produced 360 yards, it was equally effective on the other side of the ball, limiting Adams City to 66 yards on the ground and 145 in the air, 63 of those passing yards coming on the final drive as time ran out.
Wildcats coach Sean Mulvey had nothing but praise for his squad, saying this team is the best he’s been around in the past seven years when it comes to practicing. He mentioned the Wildcats’ work ethic in the offseason and preseason, citing intensity and his defense “flying around” in practice drills.
The Wildcats ran and threw the ball seemingly at will, with Lynch passing for 56 yards.
Basinger had a particularly strong game with 102 yards rushing on four carries and two receptions for 44 yards.
“Last year I didn’t get to see the field much,” the senior wide receiver and linebacker said. “I couldn’t not be ready (tonight).”
It wasn’t all roses. Fruita lost two fumbles, and Lynch was intercepted once. The team also was penalized seven times for 85 yards.