Montrose on the move: Indians improve to 6-0 with win over Ponderosa
MONTROSE — In the six years Todd Casebier has coached the Montrose High School football team, he has never been undefeated through six games.
That changed Friday night as the Indians (6-0, 1-0 Southwestern League) continued their perfect season, physically dominating Ponderosa 36-14.
The Indians beat the Mustangs (2-3) with strong defensive penetration and quick off-the-ball play by the offensive line.
“I thought we were physical, and we did some things you’d expect a 6-0 team to do,” Casebier said.
Ponderosa scored first on a 1-yard touchdown run up the middle by quarterback Taylor Johnson.
The Indians answered, capitalizing on a 40-yard pass from quarterback Drew Casebier to Cameron Jones. Running back Angelo Youngren scored on a 4-yard run at 6:18 in the quarter.
The Indians’ defense pounded Ponderosa in the backfield with penetration from Cole Panter and Ira Wooten. Forced to punt, the Mustangs handed the Indians great field position at the 30-yard line. Minutes later, Youngren lifted the Indians to a 13-7 lead with another 4-yard touchdown run.
The Mustangs were forced to punt on the next possession after Wooten again got into the backfield, sacking Johnson for a 12-yard loss.
In the first half, the Indians kept the Mustang defense guessing, mixing short screen passing with the running of Youngren and Jones behind a quick and aggressive offensive line.
“The line was great, giving me lots of opportunities, and I took advantage of those opportunities,” Youngren said. “We’re 6-0.”
Casebeir found receiver Blake Alexander over the middle for a 59-yard touchdown to put Indians ahead 20-7 with 10:52 left in the half.
The Indians’ only mistake in the first half was a bad snap that sailed over the head of punter Marcus Velasquez. It took Mustang running back Corry Williams only a couple of plays to find the end zone, cutting the lead to 20-13.
In the second half, the Indians’ offensive line continued to allow Youngren space to pick up first-down yardage.
On the opening drive, Youngren drilled a 20-yard field goal at 4:53 to increase the Indians’ lead to 23-14.
In the fourth quarter, Jones scored on an 11-yard run to give the Indians a 30-14 lead at 8:49 in the third quarter.
The Mustangs had no answer. On the next drive, Montrose safety Dell Oliver intercepted a pass from Johnson, allowing the Indians to run time off the clock.
Casebier then ran a reverse to Youngren, who then hit a diving Brenan Woodruff in the middle of the end zone to complete a 29-yard touchdown pass and put the game out of reach.
Amidst the celebration, the Casebier father and son enjoyed a moment at midfield where Casebier hugged his son and said, “Enjoy it, you’ve earned it.”