Pine Creek football wears down Fountain-Fort Carson in rivalry rematch

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Photo - Pine Creek's Wyatt Wieland stiff arms his way past Ahmed Bernard at Liberty High School in Colorado Springs, Colo. on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017.

(The Gazette, Nadav Soroker)
Pine Creek's Wyatt Wieland stiff arms his way past Ahmed Bernard at Liberty High School in Colorado Springs, Colo. on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017. (The Gazette, Nadav Soroker)

A year ago it was a party on the sideline of the Fountain-Fort Carson football team after the Trojans upset the eventual state champions, and their long-standing rival Pine Creek.

But since, it’s been a party for the Eagles, who had won 14 straight after their loss to F-FC.

And Saturday at D20 Stadium, Pine Creek extended its winning streak to 15 with a 21-7 win over Fountain-Fort Carson in a nonconference game.

Although the Trojan defense held one of the state’s most powerful offenses to just 21 points, it was not enough to trip up the streaking Eagles.

“This rivalry goes back a long ways and it’s always a good, hard-fought game,” Pine Creek coach Todd Miller said. “These guys are writing their own story and I think they did a good job defining themselves today.”

Sophomore phenom David Moore III continued his storied season with three rushing touchdowns, including a 28-yard sprint up the middle midway through the third quarter.

The Trojan defense didn’t make it easy, however. Twice Fountain-Fort Carson stopped the Eagles on the 1-yard line, and stacked up on the line of scrimmage to try to slow down the Eagles’ powerful rush.

“They were jumping our motion so we starting going back against it and some of those late runs were able to pop, but you have to fight for everything you get with these guys,” Miller said. “They are not just going to let you have anything. We inched it out and did what we could.”

But much like the first two weeks of the season, the Trojans couldn’t endure for all four quarters and began to falter in the second half.

“We were making the plays we needed to defensively but we just got worn down at the end,” F-FC coach Jake Novtony said. “It’s so weird last year we were a second-half team and we couldn't be a first-half team. I just think we need to have the same type of energy and focus we have in the first half.”

Now three weeks in a row, Fountain-Fort Carson (1-2) has been shut out in the second half after taking an early lead.

Much like their first two games, the Trojans got on the board first thanks to their dual-threat quarterback Eric Donnell, who punched in a 1-yard touchdown late in the first quarter.

But unfortunately for the Trojans, that’s the only trip to the end zone that Fountain-Fort Carson earned in the rivalry game.

“(Donnell) has made huge strides, but we didn’t help him blocking up front today,” Novotny said. “He was getting beat up, but I think he had one of his best passing days all year. I’m upset we didn’t play him at quarterback last year.”

Donnell was injured after being sacked on Fountain-Fort Carson’s final drive of the game, but did not allow trainers to help him off the field as he hopped on his left foot to the sideline.