Castle View football players walked off the bus into the locker room at Douglas County School District Stadium with less than 20 minutes left in the pre-game warmup period before the Sept. 14 game …
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Castle View football players walked off the bus into the locker room at Douglas County School District Stadium with less than 20 minutes left in the pre-game warmup period before the Sept. 14 game against crosstown rival Douglas County.
The Sabercats decided to warm up at Castle View before heading to the stadium for the renewal of the rivalry and were greeted with a roar from their fans when they marched down the stairs.
Castle View gave their fans plenty to cheer about once the game started with a 28-0 victory as the Sabercats won for the fourth straight year in the "Battle of the Rock" played before an overflow crowd of 3,500.
It was Castle View's first shutout since Oct. 2, 2010 and the largest margin of victory since a 34-point victory over Legend in 2014. The Sabercats are 3-1 this season, which is the best start since joining 5A ranks in 2012.
First-year coach Todd Casebier is used to rivalries dating back to his days as coach at Palisade, Montrose and Fruita Monument.
“Rivalries are always the same,” he said. “Kids get nervous, they get jittery and make mistakes on basic stuff. We did plenty of that and I'm sure Douglas County did too. They are more nervous about how many people are in the stands than about executing. It's a big game around here and we're happy with the win.
“It was our plan to warm up and get ready for the game at the place where we've been working hard. Both teams wanted it and anytime you can shut somebody out is important. Douglas County did a good job on the interior run then we had some opportunities on the outside and we capitalized on a couple.”
Castle View senior running back/safety Cole Oster liked the idea of not warming up at the stadium.
“Coach wanted us to stay focused and not get distracted by the elements of the rivalry game,” he said. “We had a great warmup at our school, boarded the bus and showed up to the stadium ready to play.”
Castle View got two touchdowns from junior Jordan Jackson. It was a 43-yard run by Jackson that got the Sabercats' offense untracked early in the second quarter. Oster and quarterback Josh Mullenix also had short TD plunges.
“It was an awesome environment, it always is,” said Oster. “It was a physical game overall and the Huskies play tough ball, the way we expected. While this game was important for our school and community, the individual game is not our end goal. We are hungry for more. Coach Casebier has us believing we are capable of going further.”
Douglas County fell to 0-4 on the season and finished with 204 yards total offense against the Sabercats.
“Our future is very bright, we have a young team,” said Huskies coach Gene Hill. “We have to learn to win. We have to get over that hump. Effort hasn't been an issue, which it has been the past couple years.
“We can drive the ball and move the ball but end up shooting ourselves in the foot.”
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