After claiming the title of city champions last week, Rocky Mountain football players said “We’re trying to go big.” Like playoffs big.
The Lobos took a crucial step toward that playoff berth — and a Front Range League title — thanks to an offensive outburst in a 56-31 win at Legacy on Thursday night.
Junior quarterback Giles Pooler tossed four touchdown passes, senior Noah Yancey added both a throwing and receiving touchdown and Rocky Mountain (5-3, 3-0 FRL) piled up 24 first downs en route to its highest-scoring game since Oct. 30, 2008, a 59-0 win vs. Hinkley.
Senior running back Holden Lefke aided the big plays in the passing game with an 80-yard touchdown run in the second quarter.
But it wasn’t all about the offense. The defense pitched in on junior Kyle Patten’s 29-yard fumble return in the first quarter that put the Lobos up 14-0.
While Legacy (1-7, 1-2 FRL) cut it to 21-16 late in the second quarter, Rocky Mountain responded with consecutive touchdown passes and led by double digits the rest of the way.
The Lobos have now matched their win total from the past two seasons combined and seem poised to make the playoffs for the first time since 2015.
Rocky Mountain entered the game at No. 21 in the CHSAA RPI. The top 24 in Class 5A make the postseason.
A road trip to 2-5 Horizon comes next week, before a Halloween night home game against Fairview at French Field that could decide the league title.
FAIRVIEW 40, FOSSIL RIDGE 8 — Speaking of Fairview, the Knights (7-1, 3-0 FRL) hammered Fossil Ridge (2-6, 0-3 FRL) at French Field on Thursday night.
Fairview led 26-0 at halftime, shut Fossil Ridge out until the game’s final minute and romped to its sixth consecutive win.
Senior running back Ryan Bejcek’s 6-yard touchdown run was the Sabercats’ only score of the night.
Senior defensive back Ben Parker picked off a Fairview pass with the Sabercats trailing 13-0 in the second quarter. The offense couldn’t take advantage, and the Fossil Ridge defense then allowed two quick scores before halftime.
Fairview entered the game 12th in the Class 5A RPI and confirmed their status as Front Range League favorite despite Rocky Mountain’s winning streak.