Speaking with Fort Collins coach Eric Rice after the Lambkins hosted Cherry Creek, coach Rice said, "Jack Elway is a special football player" Throughout the night Lambkin All-State defensive end Chance Crawford was able to get pressure on Elway but Elway always seemed to step up, shrug off and make throws. For the evening, Elway went 15 of 24 for 224 yards and for the second straight week threw four touchdown passes as the Bruins posted a 53-7 road win against the club that sent them home from playoffs last year. Again, Elway's target of choice was Alexander Johnson, a polished receiver who can make big plays any time. It was Johnson's catch and run at the end of the first half to make the score 19-0 that helped to open up the second half flood gates.
Creek is ready to get back to the top of 5A ball. Elway has matured and is surrounded by players who can make plays when he gets them the rock. More importantly the Bruins are strong on defense, using a 3-5-3 look highlighted by multiple backers that can swarm to the ball. Although they gave up big points, Fort Collins should be fine on defense where they have numerous senior leaders. Where they must improve is on offense. As new quarterback Cody Donaldson improves, so to should the Lambkins offensive play. This next week Fort Collins will attempt a rebound as they play Thornton while Cherry Creek will begin league play hosting an undefeated Overland squad.
Elway has been great scoring nine touchdowns in the first two games of the season, but the play of Johnson at receiver has been stellar as well. Johnson's big play at the end of the first half took some of the wind out of Fort Collins and helped to set the second half tone.