Although Widefield fell to 0-4 with a 39-21 loss Friday to Pueblo West, the Gladiators perhaps found a silver lining heading into this week's game against Palmer Ridge, also winless after four games.
The three touchdowns marked the Gladiators' first trips to the end zone after a three-game drought.
"Our kids came out and played very hard and played a lot smarter," Widefield first-year coach Brent Cottrell said. "Our offensive line has made lots of improvements. We still have a long way to go, but we're not stopping ourselves as much as we were before."
Widefield's opponents were no slouches either. Falcon, Sand Creek, Ponderosa and Pueblo West are a combined 13-3.
Ca?/em>on City finds knack for winning close ones
After a 44-30 loss at Rampart to open the season, Ca?n City has rolled off three straight victories to take a 3-1 mark into this week's clash against 4A Foothills League leader Pueblo Centennial (4-0).
On Friday, the Tigers held off Mesa Ridge, a 4A state semifinalist last year, for a 32-29 victory. Two weeks before, Ca?n City found itself in another tight game, finding a way to finish off 3A Elizabeth, 24-21.
"I don't know if I like the drama, but it shows the character of your team when you can dig down for a little extra," Tigers coach Tom O'Rourke said. "The kids have come up big in both of those games in the fourth quarter. You see what you're made of."
Ca?n City led by 11 in the fourth quarter before Mesa Ridge cut it to three, then got the ball back on downs late after the Grizzlies had worked the ball into Tigers territory but chose not to try a game-tying field goal.
"The kids just never gave up," O'Rourke said. "That's the key, to play hard all game long. It's good to win those kind of games."
CSDB gets off the hook on the road
Colorado School of the Deaf and the Blind had little to show for its first three weeks, other than plenty of highlights for other teams.
After losses to Hanover (52-7), Liberty-Stratton (59-6) and Cotopaxi (59-6), the Bulldogs hit the road for a long trip to Santa Fe, N.M., to face New Mexico School for the Deaf.
It all came together Saturday in the Land of Enchantment as CSDB nearly doubled its offensive output from its first three games in a 33-27 victory. The Bulldogs got two takeaways and outscored the Roadrunners 13-7 in the fourth quarter to get the win.