Montrose easily handles Palmer Ridge
MONTROSE — Redemption came in many forms for Montrose on Friday. But in the second half it was in the form of Indians outside linebacker Connor Huskey’s tackle on Palmer Ridge quarterback Brame Jordan.
“Just the head on ball side,” Huskey said, “and wrap cloth.”
That’s just what he was taught.
And in doing so, Huskey said it was a piece of redemption for Jordan’s 80-yard touchdown on the game’s opening play, which, of course, was forgotten by the time host Montrose had finished its 59-20 win over Palmer Ridge.
After the Jordan’s opening touchdown, the Indians (1-1) allowed just one play of more than 10 yards. It also had a sack, blocked punt, interception and fumble recovery.
Also for Montrose, Angelo Youngren had 17 carries for 217 yards, all in the first half.
“I didn’t even get touched until eight yards most of the time,” Youngren said. “It was all our offensive line.”
One such run was Youngren’s 74-yard jaunt in the second quarter that put Montrose up 32-7.
After Youngren missed the ensuing extra point wide right, the announcer added: “I guess you could say that’s all right, because that was a long run he just made.”
Indeed, it was.
And the Indians led 46-7 at halftime.
Montrose coach Todd Casebier said the Indians came out amped up, and that perhaps was a reason Montrose was duped on the first play.
“It was a great call,” Todd Casebier said. “We were loaded up and amped up and they ran a naked bootleg, and you saw what happened. But I liked the way our offense went down field and our defense went out and played.”
Jordan finished with 92 yards rushing.
Also for Montrose, Youngren had three rushing touchdowns, Mike Rocha had three rushing touchdowns and 66 yards on the ground, and quarterback Drew Casebier completed 5 of 7 passes for 44 yards.
“There was plenty of fuel on the fire,” Drew Casebier said. “We were really looking forward to this game, hard-core.”
Montrose trailed 7-6 when, on fourth and 10 at the Palmer Ridge 22, Brennan Woodruff took a reverse in for a touchdown.
Then the Indians’ defense took a bow on consecutive possessions: Nick Sulham recovered a fumble and Peter Shearer had an interception in which he caught a line-drive bullet and returned the ball 27 yards to the Palmer Ridge 8. Youngren later called it the play of the game.
And, of course, the opening play was long forgotten.
“We just didn’t let it get into our head,” Drew Casebier said. “It was one play, and we just had to get back out there and play hard. We weren’t worried. Those plays happen.”
And in winning, Montrose also erased the memory of last week’s 45-6 loss at Vista Ridge.
“After that game we just talked about the pride of the program and that this is a good group we have,” Todd Casebier said. “We know we left some points on the board and some plays on the field. We practiced like we wanted to play better, and we did.”