Gladiators finish 7-0 in regular season

Grand Junction fullback Kris Means powers his way into the end zone for a touchdown in the Gladiators’ 53-0 win over the Northern Colorado Wolfpack on Saturday. Means suffered a knee injury later in the game but said he hopes to return for the playoffs.

What better way to end a perfect regular season than with a near perfect game.

The Grand Junction Gladiators continued their methodical and overpowering march toward a possible second-straight American Professional Football League II championship with a dominating 53-0 win over the Northern Colorado Wolfpack on Saturday at Stocker Stadium.

Playing in the sizzling summertime heat, the Gladiators jumped to a 19-0 lead after the first quarter, and kept putting up the points.

In the second quarter, Jesse Kirstatter scored on a 2-yard run to push the lead to 26-0. Later, quarterback Dustin Benton spotted Jared Frazer open behind the defense. Benton’s lofted pass was a little under thrown but Frazer made a leaping catch for the 33-yard touchdown and a 33-0 lead.

On the defensive side, the Gladiators stifled the Wolfpack all afternoon to notch its third shutout of the season and second straight. Mitch Howard had two first-half interceptions to set up scores for Grand Junction.

Last Saturday, the Gladiators had a 27-0 win over the Mile High Hurricanes.

The Gladiators have dominated the league from the first kickoff, outscoring their opponents 294-49 to go to 7-0 on the season.

The league title gives Grand Junction home field advantage throughout the playoffs, which begin on Saturday Aug. 3.

In Saturday’s win, the Gladiators had two key injuries, two of their three captains — fullback Kris Means and linebacker Kyle Key — went down with knee injuries. Means powered his way in for first-quarter touchdown before going down with his injury.

Both are optimistic that they will be back in the lineup for the playoffs.

The Gladiators are in just their fourth season and won the title last year with a 
20-17 win over the Denver Titans.


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