Granby " Middle Park battles but can’t get rolling against No. 2 Platte Canyon |

Granby " Middle Park battles but can’t get rolling against No. 2 Platte Canyon

Byron Hetzler/Sky-Hi Daily News
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Battling hard the entire game, Middle Park High’s football team did their best but lost 35-0 to Platte Canyon Huskies on the Panthers’ home field on Friday, Sept. 12.

Going into the game, the Panthers had hoped to carry over the momentum from their first victory of the season the previous weekend. In that Sept. 5 home game, they defeated the Clear Creek Golddiggers 30-12 and recaptured the Mountain Man Trophy.

Middle Park’s offense tried everything but was unable to penetrate the Huskies’ rock-solid defense. Platte Canyon is ranked second in the division.

“Our goal was to get some first downs and some points on the board in the first half to have a chance to ‘shock the world’ by knocking off No. 2,” said Middle Park coach Marc Loberg. “Unfortunately that didn’t happen.”

The Panther defense did an outstanding job in the first quarter, limiting the Huskies to only one touchdown. Two more TDs by Platte Canyon came before the first half ended.

“Our defense played extremely well,” Loberg said. “We gave up fewer points than No. 5 Eaton did to Platte Canyon last week. Mitch Spague, Sam Damon, Brian Macchione, Zane Bickler, Mike Schmidt, Jake Finch, Marc Schmidt, Justin Cisneros and Jordan Reynolds played great. Hats off to Joey Visconti, who played extremely well in the game on defense.”

While the team’s defense did a good job, the Panther offense was not as lucky against Platte Canyon. During the Clear Creek game the previous weekend, three of Middle Park’s rushers had gained over 100 yards. However, in Friday’s game, the Panthers netted only 48 yards rushing and 21 yards passing.

“We knew Platte Canyon’s defense was tough, having only given up seven points in the first half all season,” Loberg said. “Their team was very fast and had great open field tacklers. We had some opportunities after turnovers to change the tempo of the game, but ended up turning the ball back over.”

Despite the loss, the Panthers are unbowed and even more determined to step up their game.

“The nice thing is that we get another shot at one of the best teams in the state this week when we face No. 6 Faith Christian at home,” Loberg said. “We hope to build off our defensive success against Platte Canyon and our goal will be to bring the offense up to speed.”

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