Olathe beats Roaring Fork
CARBONDALE Second-year Roaring Fork head coach Mike Brinson believes his football Rams have plenty of talent. Its just experience theyre lacking.Fielding a freshman- and sophomore-laden team, the Carbondale school is taking its licks in the early going. On Friday, Class 2A Western Slope League foe Olathe dropped Roaring Fork to 0-3 overall with a 37-6 road win.Were not accustomed to losing at Roaring Fork, said Brinson. The Rams frontman, whose team fell behind 14-0 by the end of the first and took a 28-6 deficit into halftime, flashed a positive postgame attitude despite defeat.We got beat by a really good football team another good football team, the University of Georgia alum said, referring not only to Olathe but to losses to Glenwood and Eagle Valley in the first two weeks. We just didnt execute. We felt like theyre trying hard, but they just arent executing. Theyre not blocking, tackling all things you need to do against good teams.The game started well enough for Roaring Fork, which forced a three-and-out on Olathes first possession. But miscues began costing the Rams shortly thereafter. On their first offensive play, the Pirates J.D. Kasper broke through the line and broke up a handoff essentially intercepting it to force a quick turnover and regain possession.Starting at the Roaring Fork 39-yard line, Olathe marched to the end zone in eight plays. David Rhodes capped the short drive with a 2-yard touchdown run and the Pirates pillaging had begun.Rhodes, who finished with 101 yards on 23 carries, added TD runs of 5 and 14 yards by halftime. Kyle Brummitt, lined up in a crowded backfield beside quarterback Garhett Jurgens, caught the Ram defense off guard by taking a snap and firing a 64-yard TD strike to Wesley Byers just before for the Pirates fourth first-half score.Just a few minutes earlier, Roaring Fork found its way onto the scoreboard when Nate Soucie wove through the defense and returned a kickoff 91 yards, a bright spot on an otherwise brutal night for the host Rams.We told the kids we can win some games on special teams, Brinson said. In the long run, that stuff will help us.A safety and a 39-yard TD run by Jesus Suarez in the third quarter rounded out the ledger for Olathe, now 3-0 overall and 1-0 in the 2A WSL.Last year, Olathe and Roaring Fork formed two-thirds of a three-way tie for first in the 2A WSL. It appears mass graduation has the Rams, 0-1 in the WSL, rebuilding. Injuries havent helped.We have three starters out with injury, so we were playing cornerbacks at linebacker, Brinson said. We dont have the depth. But they keep pushing, keep practicing hard. These are hard-working kids.Olathe 37, Roaring Fork 6At Roaring ForkOlathe 14 14 9 0 37Roaring Fork06006SCORING SUMMARYFirst quarterO David Rhodes 2 run (Jesus Suarez kick), 6:44O Rhodes 5 run (Suarez kick), 1:39Second quarterO Rhodes 14 run (Suarez kick), 11:18RF Nate Soucie 91 kickoff return (kick failed), 11:04O Wesley Byers 64 pass from Brummitt (Suarez kick), 4:42Third quarterO Safety, 7:53O Suarez 39 run (Suarez kick), 2:59 ORFFirst downs 130Total yards 249 minus 27Rushes-yards 55-185 19-(minus 33)Passing 64 6Comp-att-int 1-4-0 1-11-2Punts 3-34 6-31Fumbles-Lost 5-1 4-1Penalties-Yards 6-5010-59INDIVIDUAL STATISTICSRUSHING Olathe, Rhodes 23-101, Suarez 14-54, Garhett Jurgens 12-14, Curtis Noel 2-9, Casey Davis 2-5, Mitchell Trounce 1-3, Kris Nieto 1-(minus 1). Roaring Fork, Jake Kinney 6-3, Soren Phibbs 7-(minus 1), Blaine Hudson 2-(minus 11), team 1-(minus 11), Ryan Weimer 3-(minus 13).PASSING Olathe, Brummitt 1-1-0-64, Jurgens 0-3-0-0. Roaring Fork, Weimer 1-9-1-6, Kinney 0-2-1-0.RECEIVING Olathe, Byers, 1-64. Roaring Fork, Jake Strack-Loertscher 1-6.
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