Three weeks ago, Pine Creek coach Todd Miller was not a happy man. His Eagles had struggled to a seven-point win over Pueblo West with a messy, confused offensive performance.
Next day at practice, Miller tore into his players, especially those on offense. The Eagles weren’t intense in practice, Miller said. The Eagles weren’t playing to Pine Creek standards.
He wanted more. Much more.
The Eagles responded.
Pine Creek demolished Widefield, 43-0, Friday night in an overwhelming performance. The Eagles scored all their points in the first half and spent the second half running out the clock.
Widefield had scored 98 points in its last three games. Widefield boasts quarterback T.J. Davis, one of the state’s top two-way threats.
Widefield had no chance.
Pine Creek has outscored opponents 89-0 in the past two weeks. On Friday night, the Eagles quickly silenced the Widefield home crowd by jumping to a 22-0 lead at the end of the first quarter and never looking back.
David Moore III scored three touchdowns and gained 96 yards, despite not playing in the second half. Moore was sick during the week and did not start, but convinced Miller to let him remain in the game. Moore, a sophomore, surpassed 1,000 yards for the second straight season.
The Eagles passing attack was sizzling, too. Quarterback JC Coulter threw three touchdown passes, including two to Wyatt Wieland. On the final play of the first half, Coulter found Eddie Kyle with an 18-yard touchdown. That meant the clock would be running in the second half, allowing Pine Creek an early bus ride home.
Pine Creek improves to 8-1, and Widefield falls to 6-3. The Eagles have won 28 straight conference games and eight straight over Widefield.
Wieland was pleased after the game, but still remembered Miller’s challenge after the sloppy Pueblo West win.
“Coach called us out,” Wieland said. “He told us, ‘That’s not the team we want to be.’ That’s when things really started to change for us.”
Miller was pleased after the game, too.
But his contentment was guarded. Miller and the Eagles have won three of the past four 4A titles. Miller knows that being satisfied, especially in October, can drain a football team.
He said he will spend the weekend watching video and finding fault.
“I think we do a good job of finding things,” Miller said. “You have to be reflective. You have to be honest. The scoreboard doesn’t really tell you how you executed things, so you really have to delve into the things where we need to improve.
“There’s always room for improvement. You always want to go a step forward.”
Pine Creek 22 21 0 0 - 43
Widefield 0 0 0 0 - 0
PC - Moore 20 run. Wieland kick
PC – Safety
PC – Wieland 28 pass from Coulter. Wieland kick
PC – Wieland 43 pass from Coulter. Kick missed
PC – Moore 15 run. Wieland kick
PC – Moore 8 run. Wieland kick
PC – Kyle 18 pass from Coulter. Wieland kick