MONTROSE – Homecoming fans at the Montrose High Indians game on Friday night got what they came for: a big win over the Steamboat Springs Sailors, 54-0.
Steamboat’s downward spiral began on the first play of the game, when the Indians scored on an interception, said Coach Todd Casebier, and for the Sailors it was pretty much down the tubes after that.
At the end of the first quarter the score was 21-0, and by the end of the first half it was 42-0, he said. At the end of the third quarter, the score was Indians 48, Sailors zip.
The Indians scored only once the fourth quarter, Casebier said, declining to single out any individual players and emphasizing that it was “a team win.”
“We even scored on defense, which is always fun for the kids on defense,” he said. “The offensive line also had a good game, and it was nice to win on homecoming. There were so many distractions, but everyone is healthy, and that was the main thing.”
The main distraction was a 30-minute rain delay, followed by a lightning delay, and the game started at 7:10 p.m., instead of the 6:30 p.m. start time, he said.
The stands weren’t full by any means at the start of the game, but by halftime, when the Homecoming Court was presented, the fans had returned, Casebier said.
“We had a great crowd, but the rain scared everybody off initially,” he said. Then, “by halftime we had a great homecoming crowd.”
At halftime, after a performance by the band, the Homecoming Court was presented on the field. King Drew Herder and Queen Mae Haulman, both seniors, reigned over the homecoming ceremony. Marcus Velasquez and Shae Willford represented the junior class in the court, and freshman royalty were Nick Foster and Callie Storter. Representing the sophomore class were Irah Wooten and Abby Padilla.
Casebier said the next few games will do more to test the Indians’ mettle.
“They [Steamboat] weren’t very good, and our starters only played halfway through the third quarter,” he said. “I don’t like to beat people that bad, but everyone got to play.”
The Indians are now 4-0, but next three games will tell the tale, he said, as the Indians face Pueblo West away on Friday, Ponderosa High at home the next week, and in two weeks they’ll play Grand Junction away.
“The next three games are all against teams that are very good and ranked,” he said. “We’ll find out a lot in the next three games.
Casebier referred questions on stats of the game to the website www.maxpreps.com, which showed 347 total yards gained by the Indians, with Cameron Jones carrying the ball for 96 yards. Kordell Bradshaw ran 79 yards, Angelo Youngren ran 73, and Glen Fluke ran 57 yards.
Quarterback Drew Casebier completed four out of seven pass attempts for 57 yards with one touchdown and interceptions, according to the website, and averages 78.2 passing yards per game. Jones' average is 4.5 points per game with 6.3 yards per carry and Bradshaw averages 4.5 points per game. Youngren averages an impressive 23.3 points per game with 9.7 yards per carry.