Englewood lost the Oct. 2 football game to Ridgeview Academy 36-7 in a game much closer than the score indicates. It was a 15-point game, 22-7, with …
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Englewood lost the Oct. 2 football game to Ridgeview Academy
36-7 in a game much closer than the score indicates.
It was a 15-point game, 22-7, with about two minutes left in the
contest. But, a Rams touchdown, followed by a Ridge View player
returning a pass interception for a TD, created a score indicating
it was a one-sided contest.
The Pirates played hard, perhaps feeding on the energy generated
by a large homecoming crowd. They moved the ball well at times and
Ridge View’s final touchdown came because Englewood was still
battling and trying to cut into the Rams lead.
After the game, Coach Matt Bednorz said, while the team is 0-5,
the Ridge View game was the first divisional contest so the Pirates
remained a contender.
“We need to focus on Pirate football,” the coach told the
players. “We have some tough games coming up but I still believe in
you, the coaches believe in you and we want you to believe in
yourselves, focus and get this team playing up to its
The coach was right as the next game is on the road against
Centaurus, a team that currently has a 2-2 overall record and is
1-1 in conference play.
Centaurus appears to like to throw the ball as, in the first
four games, Warrior’s quarterback Evan Erickson has completed 34 of
57 passes for 488 yards and six touchdowns.
The team has pretty good size up front and defensively, they use
a base 4-4 formation but shift into a number of variations,
including having eight players up close to the line of scrimmage to
counter the run or put pressure on the passer.
The kickoff is at 7 p.m. at the Warrior’s home stadium in
Englewood got off to a good start in the Oct. 2 game against the
Rams as the Pirates picked off a stray aerial deep in Ridge View
territory. Unfortunately, the interception didn’t turn into a
scoring drive, the Rams took over and drove the other way to put
six points on the board.
Just over halfway through the first quarter, the Rams got
another TD, made good on a two-point conversion and boosted the
score to 14-0.
Englewood’s score came in the final quarter. With 9:37 left in
the game, the Pirates partially blocked a punt and got the ball
inside the 30-yard line.
The first play was a pass from Pirate quarterback Jason Lowder
to Johnny Waltz. Waltz appeared headed for the end zone when he was
tackled hard from behind. The ball popped loose and rolled into the
end zone. There was a mad scramble for the ball but it was junior
Steve Ross who made the recovery for the Englewood touchdown. Aaron
Embertson added the extra point to make it 22-7.
Two Ridge View scores in the final two minutes, including a pass
interception returned for a TD, boosted the final score to
Lowder hit four of 21 passes for 79 yards. Ben Gutierrez was the
reception leader as he caught a single pass for 42 yards while
Anthony Gomez was the leading as he carried nine times for 59
Defensively, linebacker Dustin Fletcher was the tackle leader
with 10 solo tackles and 10 assists.
“I always try to go 100 percent but I had a particularly good
game tonight,” Fletcher said after the game. “Our defensive game
plan was good. We knew they ran a lot of sweeps and my job was to
cut through and chase down the runner. It worked pretty well.”
He said he it felt good to make that many tackles but he wished
his effort would have helped the Pirates win the game.
Like many Englewood players, Mike Tolle does double duty. He
regularly is in the backfield on offense and he is a linebacker on
From his linebacker spot, he regularly crashes the line and
consistently is among the tackling leaders. Against Ridge View, he
made nine solo tackles and eight assists.
“We are trying hard but I hate losing. I think all of us do,”
Tolle said after the game. “It’s my senior year and I wanted this
to be a good season. We just have to step up our efforts and keep
trying to turn things around.”
He said he likes playing defense best.
“I like the tempo and I like battling to get to the ball
carrier,” he said. “I also enjoy the chance to light the other guy
up a bit. That’s fun, at least for me.”
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