Published: October 4, 2013
No, Peyton wasn't seeing double.
Yes, there were two Colorado Springs Christian School players lined up at quarterback in the shotgun formation, and that created havoc all night.
"It's just a spread, but we just don't line them up under center," said Lions coach Jay Kersey, who saw his offense roll up 343 total yards in a dominating, 36-7 win Thursday at Mountain Lion Stadium. "A lot of it is you don't know who the ball is going to."
Justin Engesser threw for 108 yards and two touchdowns, TJ Stockton caught a touchdown pass, rushed for 108 yards and threw for 63 more, and CSCS forced three turnovers as the Lions bounced back from last week's loss to Rye with their largest offensive output of the season.
CSCS (3-2, 2-1 1A Tri-Peaks) hadn't scored more than 21 points in any of its previous four games. By halftime, the Lions had 24.
"All of us played awesome, and it clicked tonight," Engesser said. "The offensive line was amazing, our receivers ran routes to perfection, and the defense was amazing. This is a game that starts it all."
Engesser and Stockton engineered a masterful, game-opening drive that set the tone. On the game's third play, Stockton tossed a 22-yard pass to Joey Flannery that moved the ball into Peyton (2-3, 1-2) territory. Engesser capped the nine-play, 78-yard drive, hitting Stockton in stride on a quick slant for a 13-yard touchdown strike.
"Our offense is set that way, mainly to put them off balance," Stockton said. "We like to run outside, and we like to throw a lot and try to use multiple guys to get the ball down field. It was very effective."
The Lions scored 17 points in the final 5:34 that effectively put the game away. Jacob Santarelli ended a nine-play, 82-yard drive that ate up 4:41 with a 2-yard run that made it 14-0, then CSCS converted a fumble into another score after Luke Harrison caught a 12-yard touchdown pass from Engesser.
Following a quick three-and-out, the Lions moved 65 yards to set up Flannery's 35-yard field goal for a 24-0 lead.
Santarelli added another short touchdown run for the Lions, who also got a scoring run from Tyler Kiepke to complete the scoring.
Peyton sophomore Evan Finley relieved senior Tyler Lashley in the second half and led a long scoring drive, ending a 13-play, 80-yard journey with a 9-yard touchdown pass to Brittan Holmes with 1:36 left.
"Our coaches preach that if we all do our jobs out there, then they can't do anything," Finley said. "That was our problem. We had downfalls, and that was our flaw. We have some stuff to work on. It's all about adversity and pressing on after a tough loss."