Standing tough: Defense and kicking lead the way as Lambkins improve to 2-0 in FRL

Standing tough: Defense and kicking lead the way as Lambkins improve to 2-0 in FRL

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Standing tough: Defense and kicking lead the way as Lambkins improve to 2-0 in FRL

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Cory Voorhis’ value to the Fort Collins football team is becoming more obvious each week.

In back-to-back wins against Legacy and Fossil Ridge, his field goals put the games out of reach in the fourth quarter. Thursday, it was his leg again that was the difference for the Lambkins, except this time it was the only scoring of the night as he drilled a 37-yard field goal on Fort Collins’ opening drive.

With a little help from the defense, it was enough to beat Mountain Range, 3-0.

“Cory tends to beat himself up more than anything else,” Fort Collins coach Eric Rice said. “After he made that kick, I told him, ‘you need to smile more.’ He’s kind of stoic and he needs to smile more. He was clutch at the right time.”

It was clear after the first quarter how important Voorhis’ field goal was, as the Fort Collins defense stood tough time and time again, holding Mountain Range (3-3, 0-2 FRL) without a first down until its fifth possession, and even the, the Mustangs only crossed the sticks because of a horse-collar penalty against the Lambkins (3-3, 2-0) during third and long.

When Mountain Range finally did have a few big gains, it was because of either a halfback pass or reverse. Rice said Fort Collins knew those would come and was disappointed his team wasn’t better prepared, but once again, the Lambkins defense showed strength.

Mountain Range had its best chance to score in the fourth quarter when Ben Waddell’s 32-yard run setup the Mustangs for first and goal from the three yard line, but a fumbled snap the next play, recovered by Fort Collins’ Jake Hanks, made it clear which team was in control at French Field.

“Our team didn’t give up all game. Our defense played outstanding tonight,” Mountain Range coach Bryan Davey said. “We were short three starting defensive linemen and found out our starting corner wasn’t going to play just before the game. We were out there with basically a 50/50 JV defense.

“That’s two years in a row (Fort Collins) has beat us by a total of four points. We can’t catch a break.”

The fumble recovery by Hanks was just the tip of the iceberg for the highly-recruited senior. He made plays all over the field, getting his hand on a punt, sacking the quarterback and when Mountain Range faked a field goal with just more than 1 minute left in the game, he was on the coverage to breakup the pass.

But Hanks isn’t taking any credit and said his coaches kept putting him in the right spots. More importantly, he said, Fort Collins is undefeated in Front Range League play and atop the conference standings. Now it’s just a matter of keeping the momentum rolling.

“We got beat up the first few weeks of the season, but since that Legacy game we’ve been playing with confidence and our team has turned it up. Absolutely have,” Hanks said. “We have Poudre next week, and we’re already ready to go.”

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