FOUNTAIN - Forget the standings, Mitch Johnson told his team that it was elimination games from here on out.
Friday, Fountain-Fort Carson's Drue Harris ran for three TDs, Charles Tigner added another two scores on the ground and the Trojans defense baffled Legend's high-octane passing offense (thanks to a little help from the windy and cold conditions) in the 40-21 league win at Guy R. Barickman Stadium.
It was one-sided from start to finish. Fountain-Fort Carson (3-3 overall, 3-0 5A Pioneer League) ran for more than 250 yards led by running back/linebacker Harris' 157 yards on 23 carries and Tigner's 95 yards on 13 touches. And Fountain's defense held the Titans (4-2, 2-1), who average more than 400 total yards of offense, to less than 200 yards of total offense.
Johnson said the goal coming in was to eliminate the mistakes on the offensive end to protect the defense.
"And I think we did more than that," the Trojans coach said. "We played physical on offense and executed to keep our defense in a good spot. We had a couple dumb penalties, but I thought we played well tonight."
It was the start to the Trojans' final four games. And despite a below .500 record coming in, Fountain-Fort Carson is confident it can run the table if it plays like it did Friday.
"We've played Pine Creek, Columbine and Valor Christian," Johnson said. "Those are our losses. We know we can bounce back and you know, that's what we'll have to do if we want to get where we want to this season."
Legend had put nearly ??? points of offense a game, but was held to seven points before throwing two touchdowns on the Trojans' prevent defense with less than six minutes remaining.
"I think we let the weather get in our heads a bit. It wasn't that bad," Legend coach Robert Doyle said. "The Fountain kids played through it well and we didn't. They are such a good football team. We'd have had to play really good to beat them here, and we didn't come close."
Tigner set the tone early, capping off a 56-yard drive with a 7-yard score to make it 7-0 with 8:46 left in the first quarter, before Harris sandwiched scores of 8 and 13 yards around a Legend score to give the Trojans the 20-7 lead at half.
Later, Tigner and Harris added another TD apiece to go along with the second-half performance of Justice Littrel, who grabbed one of the two picks Legend QB Peyton Remy threw in the third quarter and took a fake punt 43 yards for the score in the fourth.
Frankly, the confidence in Fountain is back after the 40-0 loss to Valor last weekend.
"We know we can compete with anyone," said Harris, who has a team-high eight touchdowns on the season. "We know it's starting to come together and we can make a run from here."