Football roundup: Greeley West knocks off 3A No. 1 Longmont; game called early due to nearby gas leak

Greeley West Longmont football


Greeley West football beat Longmont to move to 2-0 on Thursday night, taking down Class 3A's top-ranked Trojans.

The game had a weird ending: It was called with 2:39 remaining after the stadium had to be evacuated, according to the Greeley Tribune, because of a gas leak near the stadium.

Afterward, Greeley West posted on its Facebook page that "small leak" had been capped.

"The site is now secure and safe, according to fire authorities," the school posted. "Sorry for the inconvenience and interruption to tonight's Greeley West game. The emergency response was quick and safety was secured."

Greeley West Longmont football


This marked the first time since 2009 that Greeley West, which plays in 4A, had beat Longmont. The two teams play annually, and Longmont had won seven-straight games between the two teams.

Longmont actually led 14-0 in the first quarter before Greeley West rallied to tie the game at halftime.

The Trojans again took the lead at 20-14 in the third quarter, but the Spartans scored the game's final 20 points.

Greeley West's Derek West had two rushing touchdowns and also returned a kickoff for a score, according to the Greeley Tribune.

The Spartans are now 2-0, while Longmont fell to 1-1.

3A/4A: Palisade 28, Montrose 27

The Bulldogs scored 22 second-half points to rally from a 27-6 halftime hole and beat Montrose.

Montrose, which plays in 4A, jumped out to a 21-0 lead in the second quarter, but Palisade adjusted after the break. The rally started late in the third, with a rushing touchdown with 4 minutes to play in the frame.

The Bulldogs, a 3A program, got another rushing score early in the fourth, then took the lead three minutes later on yet another rushing touchdown and a two-point conversion.

3A: (4) Silver Creek 45, Mountain View 33

Silver Creek exploded for 22 second-quarter points en route to the 45-33 win over Mountain View.

Andreik Knechtel and TJ Blazon each accounted for two touchdowns for the Raptors, according to the Loveland Reporter-Herald. Brandon Harper added a 98-yard kickoff return for a score.


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