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Chiefs outgunned by Rocky Mountain
Sep 9, 2012 - By Randy Tucker, Staff Writer
The game was over before the sun set in the west Friday evening at Ethete.
Rocky Mountain rolled up 35 unanswered points in the opening period and blew out the Wyoming Indian Chiefs in their home opener 52-0 to move to 2-0 on the season. Wyoming Indian is winless and scoreless after two outings.
This Friday, Sept. 14, the Chiefs make the short trip over the hill to Pavillion to play Wind River.
Wyoming Indian's offense looked good on the opening drive, with Joey Aragon and Ramiro Gonzalez picking up a pair of first downs on off-tackle runs. Rocky Mountain's defense held, and a fumbled snap sent Aragon diving on the ball at the 20, forcing the Chiefs to punt.
Rocky Mountain's Ethan Landers snagged the punt at his own 48 and returned it 52 yards to the end zone, opening a flurry of Grizzly scoring in the first period.
Cannon Simmons intercepted an Aragon pass just seconds later, and a facemask penalty on the Chiefs moved the ball inside the 10-yard line. Jacob Jones scored on second down from the four, and the Grizzlies scored the PAT on a pass out of the swinging gate to take a 14-0 lead.
Rocky Mountain uses a "rolling thunder" kick formation, with all 11 players charging for the ball. After two traditional kicks they tried an onside, but Charlie O'Neal recovered the ball for the Chiefs at the 48.
The ensuing series was a short one, with Aragon sacked and a pass falling incomplete.
Rocky took the ball inside its own 20, and Landers picked up big yardage on three outside sweeps. The drive culminated with Kirby Winland hitting Joey Jewell on a 44-yard scoring pass.
The Chiefs fumbled on the opening play of the next drive, with Jacob Jones recovering for Rocky at the 30.
Landers scored on the 30-yard run on the next play, and Winland hit Xavier Mangus on the 2-point conversion play to move the score to 28-0 with four minutes left in the first.
Wyoming Indian put together its best drive of the game on runs by Gonzalez, Aragon and Jesse Moss but stalled and turned the ball over on downs after a fourth and 15 attempt.
Cannon Simmons took the ball at the Wyoming Indian 37 and raced untouched into the end zone.
William Despain's kick put the visitors up 35-0 at the end of the first quarter.
The scoring slowed in the second' with Rocky adding just a single touchdown on a trick play that saw guard Travis Willis take the handoff from Winland for a six-yard scoring run.
The half ended with the Chiefs trailing 42-0.
The "mercy rule" came into effect with 9:38 left in the third after Jewell scored on another pass from Winland from 34 yards out. Despain's' kick bumped the score over the 45-point margin for the rule to take effect, and a running clock ensued for the remainder of the contest.
Rocky scored one more time on a 23-yard field goal by Despain.
Rocky Mountain's reserves played the remainder of the contest.
WYOMING INDIAN 0 0 0 0 -- 0
ROCKY MOUNTAIN 35 7 7 3 -- 52
RM - Ethan Landers 52-yard punt return (kick failed) 7:52
RM - Jacob Jones 4-run (Kirby Winland pass from Cannon Simmons) 7:00
RM - Joey Jewell 44-pass from Winland (pass failed) 4:57
RM - Landers 30-run (Xavier Mangus pass from Winland) 4:25
RM - Simmons 37-run (William Despain kick) :20
RM - Travis Willis 6-run (Despain kick) 11:22
RM - Jewell 34-pass from Winland (Despain kick) 9:38
RM - Despain 23-fg 10:32