Meeker proves to be too much for Roaring Fork
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
CARBONDALE, Colorado – Greg Holley and his Roaring Fork coaching staff spent a little extra time talking to their football team after Friday’s showdown with visiting Meeker.
They couldn’t have liked what they saw from their Rams, who surrendered big play after big play in what went down in the books as a 52-9 loss.
On homecoming night, no less.
“You know what it is, it’s just the little things that add to big things,” said Holley, doing his best to sum up the night’s events. “I realize we’re young. We’ve got two seniors on the field. You know, it’s just the little things.”
Those little things centered primarily in the area of fundamentals, as Roaring Fork turned the ball over far too often and were far too susceptible to the big play.
And it didn’t take long for those big plays to start plaguing the Rams, now 0-3 on the year.
After Cesar Farrias booted a 45-yard field goal to give Roaring Fork a 3-0 lead with 9 minutes, 52 seconds left in the opening quarter, the Cowboys (2-1) kicked their offense into gear.
“We came out kind of lethargic at first,” said Meeker quarterback Colten Brown, who helped jumpstart the Cowboys’ night.
Brown got Meeker on the board on its second offensive series, faking a handoff and heading outside and up the left sideline for a 47-yard touchdown sprint.
A failed conversion left the score at 6-3 in favor of the Cowboys with 1:18 to go in the first. They didn’t stay out of the end zone for long.
A blocked punt by Meeker junior Jake Nieslanik gave the Cowboys possession on the Roaring Fork 6-yard line less than a minute into the second quarter.
From there, it took just one play – a pitch and 6-yard TD scamper by Mitchell Jacob – for Meeker to pile six more points on the board.
A Brown conversion pass to Trevor Matrisciano put the Cowboys up 14-3 exactly a minute into the second.
Ryan Wix pounced on a Ram fumble later in the frame, setting up a six-play, 53-yard drive capped by Tyrel Gerloff, who fell into the end zone from 3 yards out. A 30-yard scramble by Brown opened the quick drive.
The tide didn’t turn in the second half as, even with its second-stringers in the game much of the final quarter and a half or so, Meeker continued to pack on the points.
Brown threw a pair of third-quarter TD passes, one to Nieslanik for 27 yards and another to Brock Campbell for 31, to put the game out of reach at 34-3.
Roaring Fork did manage its first TD of the season early in the fourth when Farrias sped into the end zone for a 4-yard rushing score.
But the Cowboys weren’t done, either, adding three more TDs to round out the final score.
Campbell pounced on a teammate’s fumble in the end zone after a run of more than 50 yards by Matrisciano for one. Cole Steiner added a 15-yard rushing TD and speedy Toby Casias darted 56 yards for a score to polish off the rout.
“He’s about our fourth-string tailback,” Meeker coach Shane Phelan said of Casias. “He’s fast.”
All told, Meeker finished with 419 total yards – 349 on the ground and 70 through the air.
Brown led the run game with 80 yards on five carries. Mitchell Jacob chipped in with 67 yards on seven carries, while Matrisciano had 58 yards on two carries and Casias had 56 yards on his one, points-yielding tote.
“They did some good things out there,” Phelan said of his Cowboys. “I thought, in the second half, we were a little more focused. We got after it a little better. Defensively, I thought we were fairly sound. That helped our offense out a bunch.”
Sound might be an understatement.
Roaring Fork managed just 39 yards rushing and 70 via the air.
Quarterback Clay Gross led the Rams stat wise, finishing with 70 yards on 9-of-16 passing. Farrias finished with 49 yards receiving on six catches.
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