On the opening kick of the Montbello versus Mullen game, Montbello was able to flash its once legendary athleticism taking the kick back for a score. That early score may have only fired the Mustangs up as they went on to handle the Warriors 47-15. Spreading the wealth and using a variety of weapons, Mullen was able to move the ball at will throughout the first half. Running backs Josh Ford, Adonis Ameen-Moore and Jonathan Gaye were too much working behind Mullen's talented offensive line. Gaye rushed for fifty-five yards on eleven carries and the freshman Moore showed that he may be one of Colorado's emerging talents, while Ford did the tough work in the red zone scoring four rushing TDs and catching another. QB Jonny Miller went 7-11 for seventy-three yards with one touchdown pass. By early in the third quarter Mullen had pulled the starters, thus keeping the varsity fresh for a game against Grandview this upcoming week.
Mullen, with its talented and experienced offensive line, is buying time for athletic but inexperienced skill players to get comfortable playing varsity ball. Sophomore QB Jonny Miller has three backs to work with as well as Terrence Dent and Ryan Hewitt to throw the ball to. This group will get tested in the next game as they take on a Grandview squad known for its defense. Montbello has athletes but needs to find consistency if they ever want to get back to competing at the 5A level.
The Mullen offense line allows coach Dave Logan the ability to run his balanced style of offense. With a young QB, the tendency might be to run the ball behind the big line. Logan has ignored this and is comfortable allowing Miller to throw the ball because he knows Miller will be protected. This offensive balance will become important as the season progresses.