An early three-touchdown lead for Fruita Monument is exactly how the Wildcats were looking to pace their second win of the year.
That lead took Discovery Canyon away from the running game that got them to the 2016 Class 3A state title game and ultimately led to a 49-14 for Fruita.
"We're ahead of where we were last year," Wildcats coach Todd Casebier said. "I thought our defense good a job of taking away the inside run game. It kind of forced them to go outside and we have really good athletes on the edge."
By the time Treyton Queen trotted into the end zone to make it a 21-0 game, the Thunder (0-1 overall) was forced to do something it doesn't do often: go to the air.
Quarterback Zach Anderson found Caleb Grotelueschen for a 78-yard touchdown pass to finally get Discovery Canyon on the board.
But that's about as close as the game would get. The Wildcats (2-0) came out firing on all cylinders in the second half and got the season off with a win against a traditionally tough opponent.
"It's no more or less important than the win last week," Casebier said. "It's a good sign of where we're at."
(1) Pine Creek 23, ThunderRidge 7
David Moore III ran for 155 yards and two touchdowns as Class 4A No. 1 Pine Creek topped 5A's ThunderRidge 23-9.
Quarterback J.C. Coulter found Gene McFarland through the air for the Eagles' other touchdown on the day.
(5) Peyton 49, Byers 0
Trevor Walker ran for 108 yards and scored one of six rushing touchdowns for Peyton in its 49-0 win over Byers.
The seventh touchdown for the Panthers came on a Charles Sparks punt return.
Rocky Mountain Lutheran 65, Custer County 18
Charlie Hahm had himself a nice little Saturday as he ran for 244 yards and six touchdowns. He added one catch for 60 yards that also went for a touchdown.
The Eagles are 1-0 to start the year in 8-man play.