In 1A football, especially for a team such as Front Range Christian where players see action on both sides of the ball, field position is huge. Defensive linemen are offensive linemen; safeties play quarterback. Players are on the field the entire time. So shortening the field is huge.
Creating five turnovers and scoring 27 points off those miscues can swing the momentum as well. That’s what the home-standing Falcons did Sept. 14, scoring a conference-opening 34-7 win over 2012 1A Metro champions Platte Canyon.
Tanner Matoba rushed for 109 yards and three touchdowns on runs of 5, 1 and 1 yards. The first two touchdowns were set up by two of the Falcons’ three fumble recoveries. A pair of late interception returns for scores handed first-year Front Range Christian head coach Jordan Quinn his first victory.
“Our defense has played well across the board. Caliche was a great team in Week 1. We had five breakdowns that led to three touchdowns. Week 2, we shut down the No. 7 offense in the state. They scored on the opening drive, but we shut them down for the rest of the day. This week, it all kind of came together for us. We still had one mistake on the opening drive that cost us a touchdown, but they played football across the board. We would bend, but we didn’t break.”
Defensive linemen Scott Garcia and Will Kernc and linebacker Seth Scadden recovered three fumbles for Front Range Christian (1-2, 1-0 1A Metro), while Reese Ferrin closed the scoring with a 77-yard interception return for a score.
“Basically what they try to do is overload a side to get more blockers than defenders. We compensate by adding an extra linebacker, and we managed to stop them pretty well,” said Front Range Christian junior linebacker Brennen Moore, whose 72-yard interception TD return thwarted any chance of a late Platte Canyon comeback.
Platte Canyon (2-1, 0-1) got a 50-yard TD run from quarterback Kenny Michel on its opening possession, but the Huskies turned the ball over on five of its next eight drives and turned it over on downs twice.
“It seemed like more than five,” Platte Canyon head coach Mike Schmidt said of the turnovers. “Obviously, you can’t turn the ball over like that with our offense. We’re a grind-it-out team. We need to be more consistent. Front Range played very hard. We knew they were quick. We knew they were physical. We knew we had our hands full. That was pretty obvious to me.”
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