Football Team Loses Big to Conifer 36-14

Mac McClintock reviews the football teams big loss to Conifer.

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Mac McClintock, Senior Editor

Woodland Park was outmatched Friday against Conifer. You could tell from the beginning that it was going to be a long day for the Panthers. The Lobos where able to jump out to a 7 point lead within the first minute with a drive that was capped off by a 1 yard run by Conifers quarterback Matt Aceto. Then after a less than fruitful drive by Woodland Park, Conifer got the ball back, but not for long as Micheal Gibbs made an amazing diving grab to intercept the ball. Woodland Park’s offensive was not able to do anything with the ball after the Gibbs interception and gave it right back to Conifer. This is when the play that killed all of Woodland Parks hopes came. Aceto was giving far too long in the pocket and connected on a deep 65 yard touchdown pass that put the Lobos up 14-0. Woodland Park needed to put points on the board on their next drive, and they were was able to do just that. Dominic Roskam provided the offensive force by breaking off a 65 yard touchdown run, which would bring Woodland Park within 7 points. The Panthers after the touchdown were able to hold the powerful Conifer offense at bay, but then the Lobos punter was able to pin Woodland Park at the one yard line with the help of some less than stellar officiating, as Conifer’s kick coverage team clearly touched the ball in the end zone. The Panthers after being pinned ran the ball three times and gained minimal yardage. They were forced to punt, but weren’t able to handle the snap and ended up taking a safety, making the score 16-7. After the safety the Lobos got the ball back with great field position. Conifer did not waste this opportunity and drove right down the field on Woodland Park and capped off their drive with another 1 yard touchdown run by Quarterback Aceto, his third touchdown of the first half. Woodland Park went into halftime trailing by a score of 22-7 and needed to make some pretty big adjustments to get back into this game. Woodland Park came out of half time and had another quick offensive drive and gave the ball back to Conifer and the Lobos could smell blood and drove down the field and score a decisive touchdown to go up 29-7. It seemed that after this last Conifer touchdown Woodland Park had lost all of their momentum and were dead in the water. Neither team would score again in the third quarter. It was not until the fourth quarter that the Panthers showed some life. It was once again Roskam giving the offense a boost scoring on a 6 yard touchdown run. Woodland Park would make the extra point, something they could not do all last week. The Panthers defense then looked like they were going to stop Conifer and give the ball back to the offense to start making a comeback, but on a forth and 25 punt play Woodland Park roughed the kicker which is a 15 yard penalty and an automatic first down. After being given a first down, Conifer threw a quick screen pass that went for 50 yards and set them up for another Aceto touchdown run. That would make the score 36-14 and that also would be the final score. For the Panthers this is not a huge loss, as it was not a game not many would have picked them to win. It does still hurt this team quite a bit because they have now lost back to back games and their overall record is 1-2. Next week Woodland Park goes on the road to face Sierra at Memorial Stadium. Kickoff is at 7 o’clock and should be a very well contested game.

As far as other sports in Woodland Park, the volleyball team lost their game against Pueblo West three sets to zero. It is worth noting that Pueblo West is ranked as the number 8th school in the state as far as volleyball and the lady panthers were able to play with them in all three sets. The boys soccer team lost a rivalry game at home against Manitou by a score of 1-0. The team still has made great strides this year, winning two games. Which is more wins than they had the past two years combined. The girls softball team did not fair well against The Classical Academy and lost 16-5. That makes their overall record 3-6 and their league record 1-1. Overall it was a rough week for panther sports as not a single team was able to put up a W.