Playoff tuneup

Indians hoping to host first-round 4A game after shutout of Central

Photo by William Woody—MHS’s Brennan Woodruff is upended by CHS’s Wyatt McElwain during the kick-off against Central High School at MHS Friday night.



Photo by William Woody—MHS’s Brennan Woodruff (24) runs for a gain behind blocker Grayson Burris in the first quarter against Central High School at MHS Friday night.



MONTROSE — Peter Shearer waited several weeks for an opportunity to carry ‘the rock.’

With the Montrose High School football team’s leading rusher, Angelo Youngren, out with a sprained ankle, Shearer got a chance to run the ball again.

He thrived Friday night, rushing for 80 yards and catching four passes for 99 yards in the Indians’ 48-0 rout of Central at Montrose High School.

“I was excited but nervous,” Shearer said. “(The Warriors) have a good defense and can stop the run.”

The junior rushed for one touchdown and caught two passes for scores.

Central loaded the box from the start, but it didn’t matter. Montrose rushed for 219 yards and had 417 yards of total offense.

“Pete and Mike Roach carried the ball well,” Montrose coach Todd Casebier said. “The offensive line did a good job. I’m happy with the passing game. The last four (games) have been our best four this season.

“(Quarterback) Drew (Casebier) is putting the ball where he needs to.”

Montrose won on senior night for the eighth consecutive year. The Indians haven’t lost a game on senior night since Todd Casebier took over the program eight years ago. Montrose has 14 seniors.

The Indians (7-3, 4-0 SWC) won the Southwestern Conference for the first time since 2009.

Montrose will await the Class 4A state playoffs pairings. The Indians were ranked ninth in the final wildcard points standings, but its hopes of moving up to host a first-round playoff likely were dashed when Wheat Ridge defeated Green Mountain 14-10.

“The last two league titles we went undefeated,” Coach Casebier said. “We wanted to do that again. We don’t want to go in the playoffs with a loss. We had plenty of reasons to play well.”

The Indians did in all phases.

Central (0-10, 0-4 SWC) was limited to 164 yards of total offense. The Warriors had 117 yards passing.

“(Brenan) Woodruff had to play corner for Angelo,” Coach Casebier said. “He did some good things.”

Youngren rolled his ankle in the Indians’ win last week over Durango and didn’t play. Casebier believes he’ll be ready for the first round of the playoffs.

Montrose scored on its first two possessions, but had a little luck on the first score.

Woodruff caught a 34-yard pass from Drew Casebier to set up a first-and-goal situation. Roach ran the ball toward the goal line but fumbled. Offensive lineman Conner Huskey recovered it in the end zone for the touchdown.

Woodruff caught a four-yard touchdown pass from Casebier on the next drive.

Montrose went up 21-0 late in the first quarter on Shearer’s 18-yard reception from Casebier, then Shearer broke a tackle and scored on a 45-yard run three plays into the second quarter.

Drew Casebier hit Shearer for a 67-yard score on the Indians’ next possession, then completed a 50-yard pass to Anthony McEachern with 2:18 left in the first half.

“They put nine in the box, and there was one defender on me,” Shearer said of the 67-yard touchdown pass. “It was a simple throw and catch.”

Drew Casebier completed eight of nine passes for 198 yards and three touchdowns.


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