Montrose tames Panthers
Rushing attack does the damage in 35-0 win over rival Delta
DELTA — Montrose High School didn’t complete a pass until two minutes left in the second quarter when Peter Shearer turned a four-foot halfback screen into a 14-yard gain for the Indians.
But Montrose running back Angelo Youngren and the Indians’ offensive line had already done all of the heavy lifting en route to a 35-0 victory over Delta in nonconference football Friday.
It was the 102nd meeting between the two schools, but recent history dictated that Montrose’s rushing attack would overpower Delta.
“Our system is tailored to generate a 1,000-yard rushers,” Montrose coach Todd Casebier said. “Angelo was all-conference for a reason, but it starts up front.”
Montrose forced three turnovers inside the Panthers’ 20-yard line, setting up short runs for the Montrose backs. Youngren rushed for only 56 yards but had two rushing touchdowns. He also contributed in the passing attack, slicing across the Delta defense on a swing pass to the right, but scoring the 35-yard touchdown at the left pylon after cutting across the field.
Anthony McEachern caught a 27-yard touchdown on a crossing route. He tiptoed the sideline before bowling over two Delta defenders at the goal line.
“I don’t think Delta was ever in the red zone. That’s outstanding defense,” Casebier said. “We did a really good job forcing some turnovers and setting ourselves up for good field position. I think our secondary did a good job matching up against a team that throws the ball pretty well.”
Delta lost four fumbles and threw an interception.
Quarterbacks Mitchell Whiteside and Cade Gafford each found an open receiver on a streak route, but neither receiver could haul in the pass.
Delta starts conference play against Eagle Valley next week. According to Coach Ben Johnson, a blowout loss against Montrose still helps prepare Delta for the conference opener.
“You know, Montrose is a good team, and playing a good team like them actually allows us to learn things about what kind of team we are,” Johnson said. “We didn’t have any big injuries, we stayed healthy, and now we’re excited to start league play.
“Eagle Valley is a double-tight (end), wing team, so you know what’s coming. I was pleased with our physicality, because even though they scored, we held Montrose on fourth down, I think, three times. I don’t think any team in our league is as physical as Montrose.”
Montrose next week hosts Pueblo West, a team they have history with. Last year, the Indians scored 15 points in the third quarter to squeak out a one-point win. It was Montrose’s closest win of the 2011 season.
“We’ve got to do the same thing we’ve done the last two weeks, but do it a lot better, because they’re a good team,” Casebier said. “This is our sixth year playing them, and we have them at home, which is nice. But we know what they’re about, and they know what we’re about.”
Pueblo West has started the season 2-0 with wins over Rampart and Pueblo County. West was knocked out of the playoffs by eventual 4A state champion Valor Christian.