Fort Collins had been in desperate need of a spark and it got one Friday night.
Unfortunately for the Lambkins, it was a little too late as they fell victim to Arapahoe during homecoming Friday night, 38-10.
Senior Caleb Seeton earned his first start of the season at quarterback, previously used by Fort Collins as a run-only option. In the fourth quarter, his 70-yard touchdown run, preceded by a 25-yard pass on third down and 25, let the Lambkins (0-3) get on the scoreboard for the first time in more than eight quarters.
If Fort Collins had a star, it was him. Seeton completed 5 of 9 pass attempts for 112 yards and an interception and was able to run for 117 yards, including the all-important touchdown, on only 13 carries.
“I was really proud of the way our kids kept playing there at the end and didn’t just stop,” Fort Collins coach Eric Rice said. “Caleb made a great play right there and took off down the sideline and that’s what he can do when he gets out in the open.
“Even our guys on defense kept playing hard.”
As hard as the Fort Collins defense played, with two momentum-stopping interceptions in the first quarter by Langston Stuckey and Christian Caminada, the one thing it couldn’t do was slow down Arapahoe running back Jose Cancanon.
Cancanon, a junior, was able to break one big run after another, making four trips to the end zone with 197 yards on the ground to give him a grand total of 556 on the year, only three games into the schedule. Compare that to 900 yards for the season last fall.
“He was a sophomore last year and led our team in rushing. In nine games, he had just over 900 yards,” Arapahoe coach Mike Campbell said. “We’re excited. Right now we’re kind of riding him as we develop our passing game.”
The Warriors (3-0) were able to do some work through the air, as well. Quarterback Taven Sparks 10-for-16 with 103 yards, but those two picks were what hurt him.
Rice is trying to keep the Lambkins positive despite starting the season 0-3. Just like last week, he took responsibility for how the team performed and left no blame on the players, as mental errors were abundant: three turnovers, 11 penalties and the inability to exchange Arapahoe mistakes for Lambkins points.