Usually, in the first couple of possessions, you can get a feel for how a game is going to go. Well, we were deceived to start this game. It looked like it was going to be a grind-it-out to the end game after the first few possessions, but it was anything but that, as Arapahoe controlled the game and was able to take the game by a large margin, 50-14.
As mentioned, it was tough sledding in the first quarter, as neither team could get a feel for what the defense was doing. One thing for sure early on was that we were in store for a physical, hard-hitting game, despite the final score.
The Warriors got on the board first, with 30 seconds to go before the end of the opening quarter. Trenton Roskop scampered in from 26 yards out. The extra point was blocked and the Warriors led 6-0. That was the score going into the second period.
In the second quarter, about halfway through, Loomis was able to score on a one-yard pass from Cauy Meyer to Cale Nelson. The Wolves connected on the two-point conversion and led 8-6.
The teams traded defensive stops for the next six minutes of game time, including an interception from Roskop. The Warriors were able to take the lead just before the half as Roskop was able to find Rafe Hill from 17 yards out. Arapahoe was successful on the two-point conversion and the lead was 14-8 going into the intermission.
In the second half, Arapahoe came out with some halftime adjustments and completely dominated the game. On the Warriors' opening drive out of the half, they marched down the field in seven plays, taking 3:30 off the clock Will Cacy punched it in from a few yards out and the two-point conversion was good pushing that lead to 22-8. Arapahoe led with 8:30 to go in the third quarter.
Loomis took over after that looking to make a dent in the two-score lead. Well, the Warrior defense had different plans as Grayson Koller picked off Meyer and Arapahoe was on the attack again. Arapahoe again moved the ball down the field effectively and efficiently. They scored on another seven-play drive as Roskop found Hayden Sich on a two-yard pass. Arapahoe went up 28-8 with 5:07 to go in the third quarter.
A little bit later, Loomis again tried to move the ball but found themselves throwing another interception as Koller was the recipient for his second pick. The Warriors capitalized on the error as Roskop threw another touchdown, this time to Cacy from 43 yards out. The two-point conversion was good and Arapahoe led 36-8.
Arapahoe's defense remained stingy and didn't give Loomis an inch for the remainder of the third period. Going into the fourth the Warriors led 36-8.
Early in the final stanza, the Warriors slammed the door on the Wolves in a trio of plays. An interception by Cade Fischer, and then a 33-yard touchdown run by Cacy on a smooth option pitch from Roskop to make the lead 44-8, and then a 55-yard punt return from Cacy to make the lead 50-8 in a matter of a few minutes.
Loomis was able to score one more time on a 10-yard run from Graham Trompke, which got us to our final tally of 50-14.
We were able to catch up with head coach of the Warriors, Dustin Kronhoffman and he was thrilled with his team's performance, especially in the passing game."They were just giving us a couple of things in the passing game. You know, last year we didn't pass it that much, so teams are loading up the box....we took advantage of it."
Cauy Meyer was the leader on offense for Loomis as he had 77 yards passing a touchdown and threw four interceptions. Jace Schukar had 43 yards rushing for the Wolves.
The Warriors dominated the stat sheet. Trenton Roskop was 12-17 with 127 yards and three touchdowns in the air. Roskop also added 40 yards rushing and a score. On the ground, Will Cacy had eight carries for 66 yards and two touchdowns. Roskop hit a variety of receivers including Cacy for two catches, 50 yards, and a score, Rafe Hill for three catches and 40 yards, and a score, and Hayden Sich for three catches, 37 yards, and a touchdown.
On the defensive side, Cacy had eight tackles to lead Arapahoe. Grayson Koller had two interceptions, and Roskop and Cade Fischer each added a pick too. The defense of Arapahoe forced five total turnovers.
Arapahoe is 2-0 on the season and will now face Lawerence-Nelson next week.
Loomis is 1-1 and will take on Elm Creek next week.