Cheyenne Mountain runs all over Mitchell in football

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It was fourth and long for Cheyenne Mountain, at midfield, halfway through the second quarter.

Nursing a healthy 20-0 lead over Mitchell, the Indians threw a short pass to running back James LaCerte behind the line of scrimmage. He did the rest. First down, Indians.

"They can't stop you, James," a teammate yelled from the sideline.

The play was called back due to a penalty but the words were true nonetheless. The Marauders had no answer for the Indians' run game led by LaCerte who scored three times in the first quarter en route to a 50-0 victory on a cold, damp Thursday night at Cheyenne Mountain.

LaCerte scored on a 10-yard rush and then from 4 yards out on consecutive drives to begin the game. By the time LaCerte took a handoff about 40 yards to the house later in the opening quarter, the game was well in hand.

The unofficial tally for the sophomore was 172 yards, according to a team parent. Freshman quarterback Brad Helton added another 82 yards on the ground.

On the other side of the ball, Mitchell struggled offensively. It was mostly three and outs for the Marauders during the first half. Mitchell's drives were occasionally jump-started by a big play, a long run or a deep pass, but the team could never capitalize.

Indians coach Jay Saravis said his team's focus this week was to take the game from last week, a 30-7 win over the Lincoln Lancers in Denver, and use that as a starting point to improve.

He credited the team's execution and effort for the win and had plenty of praise for LaCerte.

"He makes me look very good," Saravis said. "He's an excellent football player, he's a very humble kid, he's a smart kid and he can just make things happen."

Cheyenne Mountain improved to 4-1, while Mitchell fell to 1-4.