Indians cruise past Warriors
One by run, two by air, and the rout was on.
Quarterback Kameron DeVincentis threw two touchdown passes and ran for another to lead Montrose to a dominating 49-7 win over Central in Southwestern Conference football Thursday night at Stocker Stadium.
For the Indians, the focus immediately turns to the Class 4A playoffs. As the top-ranked team in Class 4A, they will start the playoffs at home next weekend. Their opponent will be determined Sunday when the Class 4A bracket is announced.
“We came into this game looking at it as a playoff game, so we’d be ready for next week,” DeVincentis said.
Montrose (9-1, 3-1 SWC) quickly took over the game, scoring on its first two drives for a 14-0 lead early in the first.
The first drive took five runs and a 39-yard scoring pass from DeVincentis to senior Ross Barney. The next drive wasn’t really a drive. Instead, Peter Shear broke through the line and was off to the races, outrunning the last Central defender for a 95-yard TD run.
DeVincentis, who had 56 yards rushing in the first half, scored on a nifty 25-yard run on a fourth-and-6 to give Montrose a 21-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Central’s defense played well at times and forced the potent Montrose offense to punt after Joseph Heinrich stopped Mike Rocha for no gain on third down on the Indians’ third drive. But a fumble on the punt gave the ball right back to the Indians.
The Warriors’ offense came to life late in the first quarter on a nine-play drive. The drive came to a halt when Matt Maestas and Conner Lawson plowed through to tackle quarterback Wyatt McElwain for a two-yard loss on fourth-and-one.
McElwain completed three passes on the drive, including a 7-yarder to Jake Sebesta for a first down and a 22-yard connection to Triston Dorrington.
DeVincentis completed two passes in the first half, and both were for touchdowns. His second scoring toss came on a quick throw to Irah Wooten from 4 yards out. Wooten, who also scored on a 2-yard run, grabbed the throw just over the goal line on the right sideline to give the Indians a 42-0 lead late in the half to start the running clock.
Montrose had 349 yards rushing in the first half, including a 34-yard scoring run by Rocha and a 59-yard run by Dalton Wright to set up another score.
Shearer added a 40-yard interception return for a score in the third quarter to up the lead to 49-0.
Central got on the board in the fourth quarter on 41-yard pass play from Sebesta to Dorrington.
Sebesta scrambled to his left, and as two Indians were about to converge, the Central senior pulled up and rifled a pass to Dorrington, who was all alone at the 10. The sophomore caught the pass and darted into the end zone.
The loss gives Central (0-10, 0-4) its second straight winless season. Pending a decision by the Colorado High School Activities Association due on Nov. 12, Central appears to be heading to the Class 3A Western Slope Conference next season.
Montrose took over the No. 1 ranking on Sept. 27 after a 39-34 road win over Monarch, the defending 4A state champion. The Indians’ lone loss this season was a 36-33 setback to Grand Junction.
DeVincentis said the Indians hope to find success in the Class 4A playoffs.
“We’re excited to get going,” he said. “The last few years things haven’t gone that well on our home field, but we’re going to change that this year. Hopefully, we’ll go out and do our thing.”