Chaparral’s offense too much for Fruita Monument

Chaparral had too much offensive firepower.

Saturday at Sports Authority Stadium, the Wolverines defeated Fruita Monument 48-14 in the first round of the Class 5A playoffs.

“They have a good offense,” Fruita Monument coach Shawn Marsh said. “A very good team.”

Chaparral, the No. 8 seed, scored two first-quarter touchdowns, with Chris Page running the first in from 7 yards out and quarterback Andrew Loudenback connecting with Jordan Serena from 14 yards for a 14-0 lead.

Fruita responded with a 14-play drive that Tyler Daniels capped with a 3-yard run.

“We came in and blew our first two series on offense,” Marsh said. “We didn’t put our defense in a great spot early.”

Daniels’ touchdown cut the Wolverines’ lead to 14-7, but Chaparral kept the pressure on.

In the second quarter, the Wolverines scored on another Page run, then Loudenback found JD Henry on a 20-yard pass for a 28-7 halftime lead.

“It was a great experience how our kids competed,” Marsh said. “The kids really played well.”

Chaparral scored two more touchdowns in the third quarter to take a 41-7 lead, with Page scoring on a 15-yard run and Loudenback scoring on a 25-yard run.

The Wolverines capped their scoring in the fourth quarter on Nick Kangas’ 8-yard reception from Loudenback.

The Wildcats scored their final touchdown in the fourth quarter when Martin Zupan scored on a 76-yard run.

“We had 70 plays and offensively we moved the ball,” Marsh said. “It was a good day.”

The Wildcats finished 4-6 in Marsh’s first season as Fruita’s head coach. The Wildcats overcame four early-season losses to finish 3-1 in the Southwestern Conference.

Fruita Monument also qualified for the postseason after missing it last year.

Senior wide receivers Zupan and Daniels both had touchdowns in their final game with the Wildcats.


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