With great power comes great responsibility. To whom much is given, much is required. Whatever the adage, it applies to Pine Creek football.
The defending Class 4A state champions routed league opponent Mesa Ridge 48-14 Thursday, securing a 5-0 record in the 4A Southern League. The win came thanks in part to a big night from sophomore receiver Max Lofy, who scored two first-half touchdowns, his first of the season.
Lofy understands that if his team wants to repeat, some of the younger players have to fill the void left by last year's seniors. Lofy plays big minutes for the Eagles, a job that comes with a lot of responsibility.
"It's a good time out here, balling with my friends. When a lot of seniors left as of last year some young guys gotta step up and when it's time to do stuff, you gotta do it. So I stepped up and made some plays," Lofy said.
Three of those plays came near the end of the second quarter when quarterback JC Coulter connected with Lofy on three plays during a drive. On the final play Coulter threw a pass to Lofy in the flat, who then turned upfield and leapt over a defender and into the end zone for a score.
Perhaps the only person happier than Lofy was his father, Pete Lofy, who takes photos for Pine Creek and has been doing so ever since his son started playing two years ago.
"He loves playing football and he really likes playing for Pine Creek. It's a great team atmosphere. He loves the coaches, he loves the program," Pete said.
Echoing his dad's statements, Lofy said his success is built on his team's success.
"Me and my dawgs came out here and we balled out," Lofy said. "We executed real well and when your team does good you do good and I just got opportunities to put the ball in the end zone."
And ball out the Eagles did. Lofy scored host Pine Creek's first touchdown and then the Grizzlies scored on the ensuing kickoff on a return by Trevon Walker.
The Eagles responded with a drive capped off by a score from senior Wyatt Wieland. It was all Pine Creek from there.
The Eagles' defense stopped Mesa Ridge's drive on the following possession and then sophomore Eddie Kyle returned the Grizzlies' favor and took a punt return to the house.
In the second half, the Eagles stifled the Grizzlies in all three phases.
On offense, Coulter found Weiland on a long touchdown pass for a score. Kyle intercepted a Mesa Ridge pass attempt late in the third, which set up senior Gene McFarland who iced the game with a 75-yard rushing touchdown.