‘Cats run wild

Grasso rushes for 3 TDs as Fruita shuts out Adams City

Fruita Monument running back Vince Grasso tries to break out of a tackle attempt by Adams City’s T.J. Harris on Saturday during the Wildcats’ 44-0 victory over the Eagles at Stocker Stadium. Grasso ran for 204 yards and three touchdowns in the win.

The coach, fresh off a season-opening win, walked off the field, then looked up at the first row at Stocker Stadium. A cluster of blue-and-gray-clad teenage fans were shouting, “Mulvey,” and pointing at the scoreboard.

Shutout, they said.

Fruita coach Sean Mulvey also pointed at the scoreboard, then returned the favor. “Shutout,” he said.

It was about the best way Fruita could have begun its second season with Mulvey as head coach.

Fruita Monument beat Adams City 44-0, enacting a running clock after producing that final score in the second quarter.

Vince Grasso rushed for 204 yards, including touchdown runs from six, 21 and 23 yards.

Adams City, a Class 5A school from Commerce City, suited 20 players. It compiled a record of 1-29 the past three seasons. Still, the only scouting report Fruita had on the Eagles was gathered during Saturday’s warm-ups.

“We had no film of them from last year, but we just wanted to take care of our game plan and not worry so much about what they’re doing,” Mulvey said. “We practiced three weeks to be able to go against anything, and we did a good job of that today.”

Fruita’s first play was a 31-yard run by Grasso in which he found the edge of the Eagles’ defense and bolted down the sideline. The Wildcats scored in three plays on its opening drive, ending with Grasso’s six-yard scoring run.

Fruita quarterback Jake Lynch also connected on a pair of passing touchdowns to Chris Gershon and Zach Griggs.

“This was the most fun I’ve had in a long time,” Griggs said.

Well, since Fruita’s final game last football season, he said.

“It was good to finally get on the field and get those jitters out,” Griggs said. “We had a good time. Now we have to get ready to play Douglas County here Thursday night.”

Fruita’s biggest question mark, Mulvey said, was its offensive and defensive lines, which are relatively undersized.

“I thought they played well,” Mulvey said “We’ve got good skill kids, and they had big days today. All our skill kids did well. Our line blocked well on the perimeter in the run game, and the receivers were blocking all day long.”

Mulvey said despite Adams City’s lack of depth, the strategy did not change.

“Obviously you want to impose your will on any opponent you play,” Mulvey said. “So, going forward we do have a tough schedule, and we know we have to be a better football team and work as a unit.”

But the game was a grand opportunity for some, such as freshman quarterback Sam Schroeder. He took his first varsity snaps and nearly connected on a third-quarter touchdown pass from about 30 yards out.

“We were able to get a lot of kids on film, so we’ll have to go watch it,” Mulvey said. “But the one thing we wanted to do was run the ball, and we did.”

Indeed, Grasso rushed for more than two football fields. That was some proof he did not feel sorry for Adams City and its lack of depth.

“No,” Grasso said, before breaking into a rumbling laugh. “No.”


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