Friday night at C. A. Foster Stadium the Pueblo West Cyclones took on the Mesa Ridge Grizzles. The end of the night came with Pueblo West on top ,winning with a shut out of 42-0.
Cyclones defensive back coach Matt Howard commented, “We started a little slow, but… we finished a little strong. We’re getting better every snap. I think we’re starting to come together as a team and a unit,”
Pueblo West’s defense only allowed 123 yards in the whole game and came up with three turnovers by senior safety Cisco Padilla and junior linebacker Ryan Patterson.
The first half was a little slow for the Cyclones, only scoring fourteen points. Junior quarterback Chandler Mason uncharacteristically threw an interception, and also fumbled the ball.
“The part of my game that stood out to me was probably the offensive line. They picked it up a lot from last week. The holes were massive, you could go for thirty yards on most plays.” commented senior running back Kolyn Kremer.
The second half was when the Cyclones storm brewed, by scoring twice and getting a safety, helping the Cyclones defense shut out Mesa Ridge.
“Our defense did really good. We had a 3-4 look instead of a 3-5, we put a safety back and that was me because Mesa Ridge threw the ball a lot. We executed it good. We stopped the run pretty good.” said senior safety Cisco Padilla about his defense.
The fourth quarter came along and after the eight-yard run by Mason, the Cyclones decided to put in the backups.
With their number twos in, the Cyclones defense stopped Mesa Ridge by getting an interception and forcing a fumble both credited to Patterson.
After the interception, the Cyclones backup offense took the field led by junior quarterback Alex Reid. After a short drive, Reid threw a touchdown pass to senior wide receiver Brett Finegan with 2:19 to go as the final score of the game.
The Cyclones are now 2-1 and ready to take on the three-time 3A State Champion East Eagles for their next week matchup at Cyclone Stadium.
“East is a pretty good team, we will just have to see what they look like on film” defensive backs coach Matt Howard said, looking foreword to the game next week.
The Cyclones take the field at Cyclone Stadium next Friday at 7pm.