the fifth quarter
Long trip out of the way for Roberts, Cheyenne Mountain football team: As if making his head coaching debut weren't enough, Willie Roberts had to figure out how exactly to prepare his Cheyenne Mountain football team to play after an eight-hour, cross-state road trip to Durango.
It didn't go so well. His Indians suffered a 54-14 setback late Friday and, after spending the night, spent most of Saturday driving back home.
"What I took from it, is that I don't like to travel that far to play," Roberts said. "It was unchartered territory for me to figure out the right formula for traveling that far. It's definitely not conventional. One thing that I like to preach is football is about overcoming adversity. The whole game was one giant test of adversity, and we have lots of things to work on."
The Indians play Palmer (0-1) at 7 p.m. Friday at Garry Berry Stadium. The Terrors also struggled in their season opener, dropping a 50-0 decision to Montbello.
Lack of kicking game for Ellicott:
Donte' Stewart wasn't trying to go against conventional wisdom when his Ellicott team, with four minutes left in Saturday's game, scored a touchdown against Lyons to cut the deficit to 13-12. You know, the idea of playing for the win on the road, but going for the tie at home?
With his kicker, also a running back, hobbled by a groin injury, Stewart rolled the dice and went for two. The conversion failed, although his video evidence proved otherwise, and Lyons virtually ran out the clock to escape with a one-point road victory.
"Our kicking game was real limited, and we missed the point after on our first touchdown," Stewart said. "We'll have to figure that out. We have time to look at some other guys this week."
Liberty QB Ziegler unknown: Liberty senior quarterback Eric Ziegler suffered a sprained knee ligament during Friday's 49-7 loss to Doherty, but the injury isn't considered serious.
First-year coach Clarence Vaughn isn't sure if Ziegler will be ready for the Lancers' next game at Woodland Park.
KEVIN CARMODY, THE GAZETTE