Notebook: Fairview football has record day in opening win at Grand Junction

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Fairview senior Johnny Feauto (17), pictured last season after a win in the Class 5A semifinals. (Kai Casey/CHSAANow.com)

Fairview's offense was supposed to take a hit after graduating its quarterback and three leading receivers. Right?

Yeah, right.

The Knights, ranked No. 7 in this week's poll, not only picked up right where they left off last Saturday, they expanded upon what last year's near-record setting offense did on its way to football's Class 5A championship game last season.

Led by senior Johnny Feauto, their "new" quarterback — more on that later — Fairview racked up 510 passing yards and 712 yards of total offense in its 58-28 win at Grand Junction.

The passing yards now rank No. 3 in the state record book, while the total offense is No. 10.

Here's what's scary: Fairview trailed Grand Junction 14-0 after the first quarter.

Last season, Anders Hill and Feauto combined to throw for 4,005 yards. It was only the third time in state history that a program had surpassed the 4,000-yard mark in passing. But Hill, now at Columbia, accounted for 3,878 of that — which is No. 4 all-time in state history for a single season.

Still, Feauto didn't come out of nowhere. As a sophomore, he played in six games in relief of an injured Hill and threw for 2,316 yards and 21 touchdowns. In fact, his 414 yards on Saturday are just the third-most of Feauto's career. He had outputs of 433 and 429 yards as a sophomore.

With a fully-healthy Hill back last season, Feauto focused on his role at cornerback and had six interceptions — including two in the semifinals against ThunderRidge.

Anyway, on Saturday, Feauto also had 122 rushing yards. That put his total output at 536 yards, which is now No. 7 all-time.

So this offense, despite losing guys like Hill, Sam Martin, Cam Frazier and Owen Harris, is still very potent. Because of Feauto, and because of other guys like Thomas Creese — who threw for the other 96 passing yards on Saturday — Carlo Kemp (two rushing touchdowns), David McWilliams (202 receiving yards, two touchdowns), Connor May (94 receiving yards, two touchdowns), Tim Ryan (109 all-purpose yards) and Steve D'Epagnier (41 receiving yards).

If anything, they're just upholding tradition. Historically, Fairview has had one of the state's best offenses.

The Knights own the Nos. 3 and 4 total marks for passing yards in a season. In addition to the 2013 mark of 4,005 yards, the program threw for 3,977 in 2002. Fairview also sits Nos. 1 and 2 in the record books for passes attempted and completed by a team in a season. And Martin, now at Miami of Ohio, holds the state records for catches (112) and receiving yards (1,860) in a season.

Jefferson Academy's Kupcho plays well at Colorado Women's Open

(Courtesy of Mike Kupcho)

(Courtesy of Mike Kupcho)

Jefferson Academy senior Jennifer Kupcho, last season's Class 4A girls golf champion, finished tied for second at the Colorado Women's Open last weekend. She finished at 1-under (215) over the three-day event, and actually held the lead after the first day at 6-under.

Kupcho was the top-placing amateur of the event.

"It's really exciting to finish that high up in a pro tournament," she told BoCoPreps afterward.

Other notable finishers:

  • 2014 Cherry Creek grad Calli Ringsby (tied for 24th)
  • 2010 Doherty graduate Paige Crawford (tied for 28th)
  • 2012 Regis Jesuit graduate Kathleen Kershisnik (tied for 38th)
  • Dakota Ridge senior Gillian Vance (tied for 42nd)

Short stuff

Alumni short stuff

  • Colorado's mark on Wyoming football program has long been undeniable, but that seems extra true this season. Two Colorado products have been named captains of Wyoming's football team: Grandview grad Eddie Yarbrough (a defensive end) and Palmer grad Dominic Rufran (a wide receiver). Rufran will start at wide receiver — along with former Grandview star Tanner Gentry. In all, 20 products of Colorado high schools are on Wyomong's roster — including four 2014 grads. By comparison, CSU has 40 Colorado products on its roster this season and CU has 26.
  • Christian McCaffrey, who graduated from Valor Christian in May after an outstanding athletic career, had an electric debut for Stanford football on Saturday. We are all well aware of McCaffrey's versatility — his 8,839 all-purpose yards are a state record — and he showed it in the Cardinal's win against UC Davis. He had this 52-yard touchdown reception — the first of his career — and a 44-yard punt return. McCaffrey had one rush for 10 yards, the 52 receiving yards, returned three punts for 60 yards, and was even on kickoff coverage. Said Stanford offensive coordinator Mike Bloombgren to sfgate.com: "Nah, that didn't surprise me. I'm not sure he'll be able to do anything to surprise me anymore."
  • 2014 Falcon graduate Kalen Ballage also scored a touchdown in his debut for Arizona State last week. He finished with 37 yards on 12 attempts. Still, Ballage told the Arizona Republic, "I definitely want to be better. Now that I hit the ground running and got the first game out of the way, I'll be able to just play."
  • 2010 Rocky Mountain graduate Marco Gonzales picked up his first MLB win on Saturday. "It feels pretty rewarding," Gonzales told MLB.com afterward. He made his debut in June
  • Another recent addition to football's record book: Holy Family just recently submitted the career (2011-13) numbers for former quarterback David Sommers. His 8,326 yards of total offense are No. 10 all-time.
  • Former Pine Creek setter Rory McCloy was named the NJCAA Division I national player of the week last week. Now at Laramie County Community College in Wyoming, she had 175 assists in her team's first four matches — and averaged 10.9 per set. She's currently leading the nation in assists with 345.
  • Jefferson Academy alum Ally Thimsen, a 2014 graduate, was named the Big Sky offensive player of the week after recording two goals and an assist in one game.