The Sabercats took another solid step towards the post-season with a victory over Rock Canyon tonight. Castle View (7-2) is enjoying their best 5A season ever.
After setting the school passing record in week 8, Senior Quarterback Josh Mullenix and the CV offense faced heavy pressure from Rock Canyon early in the game. The shaky start led to Rock Canyon having the opportunity to take a 10-0 lead in the 1st quarter before Senior Sean Fegan picked off a pass that was deflected by Connor O’brien on the 1 yd line and returned to mid-field.
“We knew we needed to keep them out of the end zone”, stated Fegan. The Safety went on to say, “we have to keep working hard in practice, listening to our coaches and we will continue to improve each week.”
The Defense played a sterling game and was led by Connor Kelly. “Landon Williams was yelling, ‘Pueblo! Pueblo!’ ”, Kelly acknowledged in a post-game interview. The senior middle Linebacker was making reference to a series of defensive stands the team delivered in Pueblo back in June at their team camp against Columbine High School.
The Co-Captain went on to say, “it put us into a mindset that reminds us that we have been in situations like that before and we can overcome it. We might bend a little, but we are not going to break. What’s best is how the offense complimented the defense by scoring on the turnovers.”
The defense produced 3 turnovers including a huge blocked field goal in the 4th by Grant Mullnow, which resulted in a large return. Luke Buchanan also stopped a drive by making an interception at the end of the 1st half. The offense capitalized on each turnover. Touchdowns were logged by Jordan Jackson, Cole Oster and Josh Pinello.
Landon Williams had a productive night on both sides of the ball. “We came together and kept telling each other that something big was about to happen”, stated the Tight End/Defensive Lineman. “This team has a certain look in their eyes and it is cool to see”.
“All week we approached this game as a next step. We have been dominant defensively in quarters or halves, but we knew this week that we needed to have a full game of defense”, stated Defensive Coordinator Eric Handke.
“We have been talking to the guys about playing better, which means tackling better and not giving up big plays. We got that from our defense tonight.
The Sabercats have a chance to close the regular season out with 8 wins as they when face a strong Thunder Ridge (7-2) team at DCS Stadium next Friday. The winner of the game will be the runner-up in the South Metro League and host a first round playoff game.