LAKEWOOD - Two very proud Jeffco football teams both with rich traditions and histories are trending in two different directions.
Wheat Ridge football dominated Golden 42-0 Thursday at Jeffco Stadium in a game only competitive for the first quarter.
With the homecoming win, the Farmers (3-1) firmly cement themselves again as one of the top teams in all of 4A.
“This was a good win for our guys, everyone got to chip in tonight. We started off a little slower than I would have liked, but I am happy with our effort tonight,” Wheat Ridge coach Reid Kahl said.
With the loss the Demons (0-4) continue to struggle, suffering their second consecutive shutout.
“Tough loss for us. We aren’t improving the way I would have hoped but it’s not for lack of effort. We will get back to work and try and get better,” Golden coach Jason Neely said.
But the Farmers didn’t make it easy on the Demons either. Junior running back Jordan Jones was a force the entire game rushing for a pair of touchdown from seven and three yards out.
In addition, freshman Ryen Kahl, son of the Wheat Ridge head coach, looked good in his debut. The Farmers decided to make a change at quarterback and even though coach Kahl might take a little heat because Ryen is ‘the coach’s son,’” Ryen certainly did not disappoint.
On two different occasions the younger Kahl looked like an old veteran hooking up with junior Dakota Koenecke for a 23-yard touchdown.
Later, Kahl threw a 59-yard touchdown that senior Averee Mason took to the house.
“I know he is ‘the coach’s kid’ but people also know that all I care about is winning games,” Kahl said. “We will get back to work next week and continue to improve.”
Golden has also been shuffling the deck moving players in and out at multiple positions. After taking over a 1-9 team from last season Neely has his work cut out for him.
But he also has one of the youngest teams in Jeffco, and he is giving many of those underclassmen opportunities now so that they will be ready to compete with the Wheat Ridge’s of the world in the near future.
“We are very young. I tell our guys that we may be struggling right now but if we continue to work there is no reason why we cannot be as good as Wheat Ridge.
Golden will host Littleton for its homecoming game Friday at the Colorado School of Mines field at 7 p.m.
The Farmers will play Montbello Friday at 7 p.m. at All City Stadium.