Rocky Mountain entered Friday night’s matchup against Chaparral as an unknown, inexperienced team. It showed in a 34-3 loss.
The Lobos’ offense was inept, and their defense allowed three touchdowns of more than 20 yards.
“We weren’t disciplined, had too many blown assignments and turnovers,” Rocky coach Mark Brook said. “I have to do a better job of getting the kids ready. For some reason we weren’t ready to play a game.”
Rocky Mountain turned the ball over three times (two fumbles, one interception) with every one leading to a Chaparral touchdown.
“We have to have better ball security. When we have chances to make the plays, we need to make the plays,” Brook said.
Neither of the Lobos’ two rotating quarterbacks were able to establish an offensive rhythm, while Chaparral’s balanced attack cruised to five touchdowns.
Senior quarterback Max Kuhns completed 13 of 17 passes for 267 yards and two touchdowns and ran for a third on a quarterback sneak, while senior running back Zac Guy torched Rocky’s defense for 148 yards and two long scores.
“Their attitudes are super, they play hard,” Chaparral coach John Vogt said. “We knew we’d be explosive coming in, we’ve got a lot of offensive weapons.”
Rocky’s lone bright spot was its defensive pass rush, which sacked Kuhns three times and caused several other incompletions. Kuhns finished with -43 yards rushing.
“It gets us pumped up, it gets everybody functioning at a higher level, playing better,” sophomore running back/linebacker Max Macdonald said.
Both teams played sloppy, combining for 16 penalties throughout the night, and will have plenty to work on before next week’s matchups.
Chaparral will play at home against Grandview and will try and shore up its pass protection struggles.
“We’ve got to protect our quarterback better. I think our backs missed a couple pickups,” Vogt said.
Rocky, on the other hand, continues to focus on its positives and day-to-day improvement, particularly in the areas of intensity and discipline, according to Macdonald.
“We made some big plays, but bottom line is we didn’t make enough,” Brook said. “We got beat by a better football team tonight. We’ve got work to do, and we’ll be ready to go next weekend.”