5A Football: Huskies take bite out of cats

Douglas County rolls crosstown Castle View

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A fireworks show and a streaker may have stolen the spotlight at Friday night’s halftime show in Castle Rock, but it was without a doubt the Trey Smith show that people will be talking about for some time to come.

The Douglas County senior ran for four touchdowns and returned an interception for another, helping the Huskies streak past crosstown Castle View, 43-10, in just the second meeting between the two schools. Make it Huskies 2, Sabercats 0.

“When a kid runs a 10.6 (100), there’s not too many people that can stop him,” said Douglas County head coach Jeff Ketron. “He’ll be the first one to tell you though it’s his offensive line doing that blocking, and on that pick, he never would’ve gotten to the end zone if it wasn’t for good blocking there too.”

Smith, who finished the night with 232 yards on 22 carries, ran for 51 yards on his first three touches, finding pay dirt 3 minutes, 49 seconds into the contest. Just 53 seconds later, he took the first of four Sabercat interceptions back 25 yards for a score. The Colorado State commit then made it 21-0 as he ran another one in from 22 yards out on the first play of the second quarter.

“That’s the one team on our schedule, I told the kids, that we don’t want to lose to,” said Castle View coach Ryan Hollingshead. “They made a couple big plays early and we never got out of our funk. I think our defense stepped up and made some good adjustments (in the second half) but offensively we just kept making silly mistakes.”

Castle View junior Chris Linnin (8-for-11, 185 yards, 1 interception) – who split time with Trevor Smeeton at quarterback (3-for-11, 55 yards, 3 interceptions) – gave the Cats a glimmer of hope with a 57-yard pass to junior Parker Strahler (3 catches, 112 yards) early in the second quarter, setting up a first-and-goal at the Husky 8-yard line. County’s defense held the Cats to a field goal, however, and refused to let them set up inside the Husky 10-yard line again on the night.

County built its lead to 28-3 a mere 30 seconds after the field goal as Smith scampered in again, this time from 45 yards out. Smith then added a 12-yard score midway through the third for a 34-3 cushion.

“It wasn’t all me. The line opened up holes for me, and we just came out as a team and scored touchdowns,” said Smith, admitting the Huskies didn’t like being considered the visiting team on their home field.

“It definitely got under our skin. This is our home stadium and we wanted to come out and show them whose field it was,” he said. “During the week there is a lot of talk going on around the town, so it definitely feels good to win by a good number. ... I’m friends with some of them, but when we come out here it’s a battle.”

Castle View junior Erik Taylor trimmed the lead to 34-10 with a 46-yard touchdown run early in the fourth, but the Huskies were quick to answer once again, as junior quarterback Ruel Rope ran a 6-yard option keeper in 48 seconds later, snuffing out any momentum the Cats had found. Senior Bryan Wyatt added a 49-yard field goal with seconds remaining to ice the game for County.

Next up for County (2-0) is a big early-season test as the Huskies travel to Cherry Creek (2-0) on Sept. 12 for a non-league matchup. Castle View, meanwhile, will look to get back on track with a homecoming win as the Sabercats (1-1) host Doherty (2-0) in the Pioneer League opener for both teams Sept. 13 at Douglas County Stadium.

“If you are going to have a rebound week, you might as well have homecoming, because the kids are all jacked,” Hollingshead said. “High school kids have pretty short memories when there is something to look forward to. I think we are going to be alright. Our goal is to win the league and that starts next week.”

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