After a less than pretty win in week one, the Pueblo West High School Cyclone football coaches and players were determined to clean up their act in week two against Rampart.
On the first play of the game, the Cyclones center, Cody Ortiz, snapped a strike to Quarterback Zac Drury, who was in the shotgun formation. Drury fielded the snap cleanly, and handed it to his running back Kamron Clough without incident.
The offensive line nailed all of their assignments and opened a hole wide enough for a Mac truck. Clough hit the hole at full stride, raced into the second level, broke a couple tackles, and outran the defensive backs for an 80-yard touchdown.
As Clough reached the end zone the entire offense and all of the Cyclones coaches looked back toward the line of scrimmage.
There were no flags on the field.
The touchdown was on the board and the Cyclones had a 6-0 lead.
Now that was more like it.
It looked like the “real” Cyclone team may have come to play.
They had. And the result was an impressive 27-6 win.
The Cyclones stayed with their bread and butter the entire game, pounding the ball up the middle 39 times and rolling up 369 yards on the ground. Clough had another outstanding game, running over, around and away from the Rams all night.
Clough finished the game with 224 yards rushing on 20 carries and 12 yards receiving with 1 touchdown.
Cyclones fullback Kaden Wills continued to punish would-be tacklers — at times literally carrying them on his back.
The bruising back finished with 63 yards rushing and two touchdowns.
Wills was thrilled to reach pay dirt twice.
“It was a ton of fun out there tonight,” Wills said.
“I try to help motivate everyone, and get them pumped up by going all out every play.
“We were focused on getting better this week, and our O-line played great. I have to give it up to them for making this possible.”
Tight end Dean Thompson and tackle Malik Jones returned to the offensive line for the
Cyclones after missing the first game with injuries.
Their presence was a welcome sight for Drury, who racked up 82 yards on 12 carries.
Drury had several impressive cut-back runs, including a 37-yard scamper, and a critical 11 yard run on fourth down to sustain a key drive early in the second half.
The Cyclones went to the air only six times — all in the first half.
But Drury connected on four of these passes, including a wild 29 yard touchdown strike to Shane Larson as time expired in the first half.
It was a huge momentum play for the Cyclones. Drury evaded strong pressure and scrambled for what seemed like an eternity.
With the clock at 0:00, Drury kept his feet moving and his eyes downfield.
Just as he got to the line of scrimmage, he stopped on a dime and fired a rocket to Larson who had found open space in the corner of the end zone.
Cyclones 14, Rampart 0 going into the locker room.
As good as the Cyclones offence was, their defense was even better.
Rampart’s quarterback Cameron Hacker came into the game as the top passer in 4A, and his favorite target, his brother Clayton Hacker, was among the top receivers.
But they hadn’t faced the kind of relentless pressure and complex stunts served up by the Cyclones defense.
Dominick Perea, Justin Hildebrand, Kelston Coats, Branden Summer, Zack Napier, Keith Hed and Trevor Encinias, et al made it a long night for the Rams quarterback who was sacked six times and hurried on several plays.
The Cyclones defensive backfield played physical, man-to-man coverage throughout the game.
Brad Padilla, Travis Myers and Brock Wahlert locked down the Rams receivers. Padilla and Wahlert each had an interception.
The Rams only touchdown came late in the game.
“We really wanted another shut-out,” said Padilla. “That is always our goal. It will be extra motivation for us to work harder this week in practice.”
When asked about the success in shutting down the Rams potent passing attack, Padilla pointed to preparation and confidence.
“We watched at a lot of film this week,” Padilla said. “We put together a solid game plan, and we got after it. We all trust each other. Our D-line made it easier for us by putting a lot of pressure on their QB. It was a great team effort.”
The No. 7 Cyclones (2-0, 1-0), will face a very tough test this week as they host the No. 5 ranked Montrose Indians on Friday night at 7:00 in the new stadium at Pueblo West High School.
Montrose (3-0, 0-0), will look to beat the Cyclones at their own game. The Indians are averaging 385 yards rushing per game. Montrose features a powerful fullback in junior Mike Rocha.
Rocha has rushed for 460 yards and 9 TDs.
Like the Cyclones, the Indians seem to reserve the pass for special situations. Through three games, the Indians quarterback Kameron Devincentis has only 27 passing attempts, with 14 completions. Montrose has put up an impressive 38, 48 and 47 points against Delta, Palmer Ridge and Vista Ridge respectively.
Needless to say, this will be the biggest game of the young season for the Cyclones.
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