Friday night heartbreaker dashes West Grand hopes for state football title
Friday night brought a heartbreaking end to the 2018 football season for the West Grand High School Mustangs who fell to the Pikes Peak Christian Eagles by a single point, ending a promising run for a state championship.
Last Friday night the West Grand Mustangs took to the football field in Colorado Springs for the second round of the 2018 State Football Playoffs. The Mustangs rolled into Friday’s contest against the Eagles sporting a perfect undefeated record. The boys from Kremmling were also fresh off a first round playoff win the week before against Front Range Christian.
That first round playoff game saw the Mustangs making quick work of the Falcons on their way to a crushing 68-12 victory. Unfortunately the Mustangs could not replicate that success the following Friday.
“We had two turnovers and six penalties,” explained Mustangs head coach Chris Brown. “There were a lot of big plays and we didn’t make hardly any of them. When the other team plays perfect that can beat you.”
Brown noted that the boys from Pikes Peak Christian managed to eek out a win in the final seconds of the game, scoring a 37-yard field goal kick that put them one point ahead of the Mustangs with just 10 seconds left on the clock. Brown also highlighted a play that came late in the second quarter, shortly before half-time. The Mustangs were leading 14-10 with moments to go in the first half when a bad snap led to a turnover that ended their drive.
“If you look at the big play of the game that might have been it,” Brown said. “Hats off to them. They played very well. That was not us. We did not play very well.”
Their final performance of the season was not in keeping with how the Mustangs played earlier in the year. Their first match of the season, against Calhan set the tone. The Mustangs defeated Calhan 43-0. The boys from Kremmling would go on to utterly dominate most of their opponents this fall.
With the exception of their final game against Pikes Peak Christian the Mustangs defeated every other opponent they faced this year by at least 14 points. Out of their 10 wins this season six were by margins of 40 points or more. Coach Brown noted that the recent match against Pikes Peak Christian was only the third game of the year where the Mustangs’ starting offense played during the second half of the game.
Looking back on the season overall Brown was thrilled by the performances the young men from Kremmling put out this year, albeit with a tough finish.
“It was a good year with a terrible ending,” Brown said. “We just didn’t go far enough. It is always tough when it ends too soon. When you get this far and you think you are good the only good way to end it is to get to the end and find out, like we did last year.”
He noted that the team went through difficulties related to early season injuries but that despite those issues the Mustangs racked up numerous wins.
“It was a good group to work with for sure,” Brown said.
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