It was not the season-opening result Platte Canyon Huskies football fans would have hoped for, as they saw their team drop a 41-0 decision to the visiting Strasburg Indians Oct. 10 in Bailey.
The Indians (1-0) utilized a swarming defense along with a diverse mix of offensive weapons to put the Huskies (0-1) in a 21-0 hole by halftime.
The Huskies demonstrated some defensive grit of their own early in the contest, holding the visitors to just seven points in the first quarter.
The only score during the game’s opening quarter came at the 2:10 mark when Strasburg senior quarterback Collin Russell found running back Lorenzo Espino for an 11-yard touchdown pass.
The Huskies mounted an impressive drive on their first possession of the game, stringing several first downs together thanks primarily to the running of junior quarterback Allen Hardey. The offensive line, was providing running lanes for Hardey, which he exploited for a pair of quick first downs.
The drive stalled in Indians territory, however, as the visiting defense began finding answers for the Huskies ground game.
A nifty 34-yard scamper for a score by Russell, followed by a 30-yard pass from Russell to receiver Keegan Tiffany, led to the 21-0 halftime deficit.
There were impressive individual efforts by a number of Huskies, despite the lopsidednature of the final score. Of the 20 active players on the PCHS roster, three are seniors, four are juniors, four are sophomores and nine are freshmen. The freshman class looked especially promising.
Standouts among Huskies upper classmen included Hardey and Ben Hatz, both juniors, and seniors Darius Boyer, Mike Dean and Jacob Ebbs.
Sophomore Colton Brown was impressive, as were freshmen Kameron Skouge, Greg Oramas and Sam Patterson.
Hardey did not enjoy an impressive day from a statistical standpont, but managed the offense as well as could be expected under a torrent of pressure from the Strasburg defense from start to finish.
Boyer was perhaps the Huskies’ most impactful player, making sereral notable hits on Strasburg backs and receivers and also recovering a fumble from his defensive back position.
Patterson ripped off the longest run of the day for the Huskies with a 30-yard jaunt around the perimeter of the Strasburg defense in the second quarter, much to the delight of the Huskies faithful.
Skouge was extremely impressive at inside linebacker, taking on Strasburg ball carriers at the line of scrimmage with crunching hits on several occasions in his first varsity game.
Oramus also demonstrated an impressive up-side at free safety, making a pair of touchdown-saving open field tackles and breaking up a pass in the end zone.
The Huskies will be facing another tough opponent next week when they travel to Limon to face the Yuma Indians, Oct. 17 at 6 p.m.