Zach Young was not concerned about the players he left behind at Doherty High School.
“It will be a little hard, but they’ll be able to get it done,” Young said Monday afternoon at CSU-Pueblo. He was offering his thoughts on Friday’s rivalry game vs. Palmer.
Young was correct. Doherty’s Spartans breezed past the Palmer Terrors 42-8 Friday night at Garry Berry Stadium. The Spartans got it done. Again. Over the past two seasons, Doherty has outscored its rival 82-8.
For the teams, last season’s personalities have flowed into this season.
In 2013, Doherty boasted one of the state’s most powerful offenses. The Spartans stampeded to an 8-3 record, scoring 40 or more points eight times.
Young served as the anchor of the prolific attack, gaining 2,309 yards and scoring 38 touchdowns in Doherty’s first 10 games. Those numbers earned him a place on CSU-Pueblo’s nationally ranked Division II team. He finished the season with 2,558 yards and 41 touchdowns.
Those are a bundle of yards and touchdowns lost, but Young said he believed in the 2014 offense.
“Tequan Baker,” Young said.
Baker played superbly in his debut as Doherty’s feature back, gaining 210 yards and scoring four touchdowns while displaying a Young-like combination of power and speed.
Of course, Baker’s task was made easier by Doherty’s offensive line, which opened holes big enough for Godzilla to run through.
“I’ve been waiting for this all summer long, just me and my linemen,” Baker said. “If it wasn’t for them, I wouldn’t have been able to do anything that I did tonight.”
Baker is wise. It’s always the right idea to compliment your linemen.
The Spartans party started early. Doherty led 21-0 at halftime, and it could have been worse. The Spartans were stopped three times on fourth-down plays inside Palmer’s 20-yard-line.
It did get worse in the third quarter. Doherty pushed to a 42-0 lead with Baker scoring twice. Baker believes his team can continue to deliver damage all season.
“We’re like brothers,” he said. “We’re just like family. We’re never apart.”
Doherty coach Jeff Krumlauf was quick to compliment Baker and the Doherty offense, but seemed more excited about the Spartans defense, which spent the first three quarters mauling Palmer ball carriers.
Last season’s Doherty squad was lopsided: mighty on offense and not-so-mighty on defense. Krumlauf, in his first season as Doherty’s head coach, hopes for more balance this season.
The bad times lingered for the Terrors, who are struggling to escape the shadow of last season’s 1-9 disaster. Doherty’s offense needed little help, but Palmer’s defense offered it anyway.
Aggression in football is almost always rewarded, but not after the whistle blows. Palmer defenders drew four personal fouls, helping keep Doherty drives alive.