Rocky’s Joshua Rhead, left, fights his way past Poudre’s Noah Redfern and into the end zone to score a third touchdown during the Poudre versus Rocky Mountain football game at French Field in Fort Collins Friday, Oct. 10, 2014. Rocky lead Poudre 28-3 at the half.
There was no shortage of motivation for the Rocky Mountain High School football team Friday night.
The Lobos were coming off their first loss of the season after falling to Fairview a week ago. The Lobos also had the bitter sting of last year’s loss to Poudre on their minds after the Impalas went undefeated against Fort Collins teams to win the city championship.
It all added up to a 43-10 win for Rocky Mountain over Poudre at French Field.
“The loss last year to them really stung and was on the minds of a lot of us all week,” Rocky Mountain senior Josh Rhead said. “At the same time, the Fairview loss also played into it.”
Rhead said it was as if a nest of angry hornets had been knocked into Poudre’s lap.
No. 9 Rocky Mountain (6-1, 4-1 Front Range League) used its power running game to do the damage.
That unit felt some redemption was necessary. The Lobos lost four fumbles in the loss to Fairview last week, preventing any chance of an upset.
No such problem Friday. Rhead ran for 165 yards, including first-half touchdown runs of 52, 32 and 1 yard.
CadeHairgrove had 84 yards and touchdown runs of 9 and 14 yards.
All told, the Lobos ran for 303 yards on the night.
“Especially after that fumble first play against Fairview, we had to come out and do what we do,” Rhead said. “That’s what we talked about. If we play like we normally do we’ll come out on top. We know this offense works and it was great having that happen.”
Poudre (2-5, 1-4) struggled to get their offense going against a Rocky Mountain defense that has allowed 15 points a game this year.
At halftime the Impalas had just 39 yards of offense and had completed one of 14 pass attempts as quarterbacks James Campbell and Taylor Gaes traded series.
“They stack up with everybody that we’ve played,” Poudre coach Marty McVicker said. “Their defense is good and they’re hard to play against. They run their offense to perfection.”
Braxton Davis put Poudre on the board with a 50-yard field goal in the first half.
Rocky Mountain got the game to a running clock in the fourth quarter after a sack for a safety by AndreliusBaskin and an 11-yard touchdown run by Ivan Blount.
Poudre scored in the final minute on an 86-yard touchdown pass from Gaes to Conrad Rice.
Rocky Mountain goes on the road to face defending FRL champions Mountain Range at 7 p.m. Thursday. Poudre is at Horizon at 7 p.m. Friday.
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ROCKY MOUNTAIN 43, POUDRE 10
RM — Josh Rhead 52 run (Alex Kinney kick), 6:50.
P — Braxton Davis 50 kick, 4:56.
RM — Cade Hairgrove 9 run (Kinney kick), 11:38.
RM — Rhead 32 run (Kinney kick), 3:14.
RM — Rhead 1 run (Kinney kick), 00:02.
RM — Hairgrove 14 run (Kinney kick), 5:39.
RM — Andrelius Baskin 8 yard sack for safety, 9:14.
RM — Ivan Blount 11 run (kick missed), 4:20.
P — Conrad Rice 86 catch from Taylor Gaes (Davis kick), 1:15.