LAFAYETTE — Junior quarterback Asher Ewing had two touchdown throws all of last season, a byproduct of Monarch’s run-heavy offensive scheme.
Friday, he had two in the second quarter alone.
Ewing, with the restrictions on his big right arm unfastened and free, threw for a career-high 220 yards and three TDs as the Coyotes surged out to a big halftime lead, eventually beating Boulder 44-0.
It all played out on a perfect night at Spangenberg Field featuring a pair of new-look programs run by first-year head coaches.
A nearly perfect feel throughout for Monarch and Ewing, too … at least after their first drive.
The quarterback shook off an early interception near his end zone to find Tres McMahon and Griffyn Weber for second-quarter TDs to push the lead to 23-0 at the break.
His third TD of the night came early in the fourth, a short slant to speedy receiver Owen Mellish, who sprinted past the defense for 33 yards to make it 37-0.
“It’s a nice feeling to go out and show what I’m made of,” Ewing said. “Not be restricted to run the ball all the time, it’s nice to move the ball. I have some really good receivers to help me and a really good team.”
They were really, really good Friday.
Far from the thriller of last weekend when coach Aaron Paddock got his first win in a 17-13 victory over Centaurus, Monarch’s rushing attack totaled more than 200 yards and its defense didn’t allow Boulder into the red zone.
Ewing though, led the way with his fourth straight game with at least 150 passing yards. (He didn’t throw for 100 in any game last season).
At the end of his TDs, McMahon’s first reception of the season was an 8-yard score; Weber’s 1-yard catch was his fourth TD of the fall; and Mellish’s 33-yard score gave him 50 or more receiving yards in a fourth straight game.
Earlier, Brody Gray, one of eight players to carry the ball for Monarch, had all three touches on the Coyotes’ second drive, going 19 yards with a 1-yard touchdown capper.
On their next drive, the Coyotes were stopped inside the 1 — a carry by mini-fridge lineman Jimmy Grace was ruled short on fourth-and-goal. Though, they got it right back after the Panthers had a snap sail over everybody for a safety.
Monarch (2-2) will look to move above .500 for the first time since 2018 when it travels to Poudre next Friday.
“We’re feeling good about ourselves,” Ewing said. “The first three games we were there, but we weren’t quite there. This game brought it all together and we showed what kind of team we can be and are going to be.”
Boulder (1-3), led by Waylon Lowery’s interception and Jaden Seligman’s three catches Friday, is at Mountain Range Thursday. The following week coach Casey Geiger will take part in his first rivalry game against Fairview Sept. 30.
Brent W. New
Boulder Daily Camera