Sixth-seeded Montrose booked a trip to the Class 4A football semifinals with a 28-14 win over No. 3 Greeley West on Friday night.
Tied at 14 at halftime, Montrose broke through with a third-quarter touchdown by Chris Eckerman. Then, in the fourth, Emmert Kastendieck had a key interception and a 34-yard touchdown to seal the win, his third of the game.
Greeley West was on the 11-yard-line with just over two minutes left, but then Montrose's Josh Kasamis intercepted a pass at the goal line, and Montrose was able to run out the clock.
“I really don’t have words to explain how happy and proud of our kids we are,” Montrose coach Brett Mertens said. “I’ve said it all year, but it truly is a testament to the quality of young men in our program who have bought into being a team. We’re just riding the train as long as we can.”
Kastendieck also had a 34-yard touchdown in the first quarter, and a 10-yard score in the second quarter.
Greeley West had touchdowns from Dorrean Sparks and Derek West.
“They were a great team. Very big and athletic,” said Montrose sophomore Keenan Goodwin said. “But we connected tonight and played as a team. We got the momentum right at the end of the first half and we executed like we needed to. The line was on fire and the running backs were amazing.”
Montrose will play the winner of the quarterfinal matchup between Fruita Monument and Loveland on Saturday.