Elizabeth dropped the football more times than expected during last Friday’s non-league game against Roosevelt. But the Cardinals were still able to come up with the big plays when they needed them.
Much to coach Chris Cline’s dismay, Elizabeth fumbled six times, losing three. However, the defense was able to hold and the offense was able to offset the mistakes as the Cardinals came away with a 20-10 victory over the visiting Roughriders.
Taking advantage of a pair of Chase Nicholas touchdowns, one on a 22-yard run in the first quarter and the second on a 1-yard plunge in the second, Elizabeth was able to build a 20-3 halftime lead. The third touchdown was scored on a 24-yard pass from quarterback Brody Oliver to Jacob Birgett.
“We were trying to run the clock out when we fumbled the sixth time on our 33-yard line,” Cline said. “They were able to score their touchdown with just 40 seconds left in the game. Roosevelt rushed for 173 yards and had 92 passing, but we stopped them when we had to.”
Oliver completed eight of his 14 passes for 133 yards and the touchdown. Spencer Fulbright was the night’s top receiver with three catches for 61 yards. Fulbright also had a fair night defensively with seven tackles.
Defensively, Elizabeth came away with a pair of pass interceptions, one by Julius Antunez and the other by Logan Weber that also put stops to Roosevelt drives. Leading the way in tackles for the Cardinals was Kevin Paredes with 10 stops.
“Roosevelt is a very physical team with good size,” Cline said. “The key was playing physical with them and stopping their running game. Once we were able to slow them down, they tried to pass on us. But we were able to stymie them here, too.”
Cline also said that Roosevelt hurt themselves with crucial penalties. The Roughriders also fumbled twice, losing one with Antunez making the recover for Elizabeth.
Elizabeth plays Vista PEAK Prep, 6 p.m. Friday, at Aurora Public Schools Stadium. Vista PEAK begins league play with a 1-4 record.
“This is their first year playing varsity football,” Cline said. “It’s going to be interesting, but we’re not going to overlook them. To do so could be a mistake.”
It only took 38 offensive touches for Simla to come through with a decisive 42-0 victory last Friday against Miami-Yoder. With the win, the Cubs improved to 4-1 on the season, 2-0 in the Black Forest League.
The Cubs of coach Shane Zimmerman used their offensive punch to rush for 220 yards while passing for an additional 105. When it came to the defensive front, Simla was just as effective. The Cubs came through with five pass interceptions, a recovered fumble and a blocked punt.
To make matters worse for Miami-Yoder was the fact they only had 13 players to begin with. And, then to lose another to injury in the game certainly didn’t help matters.
“Our kids played hard and everyone was able to get into the game,” Zimmerman said. “We led 20-0 after the first quarter and the kids were really stepping up on defense with all the turnovers. Cody Norris and Aaron Thieman had a pair of interceptions and Kade Pyatt had the other one. The punt was blocked by Rick Baumert. We led 20-0 after the first quarter and we felt we had the game in hand.”
Zimmerman pointed out that Miami-Yoder only had 13 players, which dropped to 12 when they lost one to injury.
“We were tough on first hits and tackles with a 93% success rate on those hits,” Zimmerman said. “We also had five sacks and the ball just seemed to roll our way through the night. We’re young, but every game is a fine learning experience for the kids. Hopefully, by the time we play Elbert and Kiowa we will be ready.”
Damian Bell scored the first touchdown, Dustin Campbell on a 4-yard run and Norris adding to the quick tally on touchdown runs of 37- and five yards. Kade Pyatt scored on a 14-yard pass from Norris and Aaron Thiman passed to Wyatt Rector for another.
“We’re getting better with each game and the experience is good for the kids,” Zimmerman added. “We will certainly need our A game against Elbert and Kiowa.”
Simla plays Genoa-Hugo, Friday at 7 p.m.
It wasn’t the best of weeks for the Elizabeth cross country team as they competed in last Saturday’s Dave Sander’s Columbine Invitational in Littleton. The boys finished 12th in the Division II competition scoring 203 points while the girls placed 19th with 399 points.
Centaurus won the boys competition with 37 points, followed by Evergreen (79) and Conifer (84). Evergreen came through to win the girls title with 40 points followed by Holy Family (61) and Centaurus (70). The Cardinals finished in 19th with 399 points.
Gus Terry led the Elizabeth boys, placing 38th with a time of 18-minutes, 19 seconds. Zach Rodriques was 43rd (18:36), Gav Houston 59th (19:12) and Willis Scott 63rd (19:15) to round out the top performances for the Cardinals. Jake Thompson (69th, 19:21), Josh Lee (110th, 20:58) and Jake Boss (111th, 20:59) rounded out the varsity finishers.
Kayla Prario paced the Elizabeth girls placing 79th with a time of 24:07. She was followed by teammates Cori Small 102nd (24:51), Rebekah Baird, 107th (25:25), Caya Bahr, 111th (25:52). Moriah Lee, 112th (25:59), Cera Lohse, 132nd (31:43) and Tatiana Pickens, 136th (34:10)/ .
Elizabeth made short work of Skyview as the Cardinals defeated the Wolverines 18-2 in four innings last Thursday to improve to 11-6. Four players - Shelbie Day, Katie Weber, Clare Nicolas and Kelsie Kloppenberg, each scored three runs to help led the way. Ashley Stone chipped in with two runs scored. And, all this was accomplished on only seven hits.
Day also stole three bases while the Cardinals were able to steal nine as a team in the game. Nicolas struck out six batters while Ashley Stone, Kloppenberg and Crocker each led the hitters with a pair of runs batted in.
Skyview scored its two runs to open the top of the first inning. Elizabeth came back with six runs in the bottom of the first, tallied two in the second and put the game away with a 10 run, third inning.
Elizabeth was also on top of its volleyball game last Saturday as the Cardinals defeated home standing Weld Central 3-0. They took the first set 25-17, then followed with a pair of 25-22 victories to close out the Rebels.
Shay Piper with nine kills, Sabra Ross with eight and Emily Luke with six, helped lead the way offensively for Elizabeth. Ross also came through with a match high seven digs.