Brian Lamb, the UCLA graduate, had a smile on his face for a while Sept. 14 after the Bruins defeated Nebraska 41-21 in a matchup of nationally ranked college football teams.
Brian Lamb, the Rock Canyon High School football coach, wasn't as happy later that evening as Fountain Fort Carson pinned a 47-16 Pioneer League loss on his Jaguars at Shea Stadium.
Rock Canyon saw its overall record dip to 1-2 with the loss in the league opener, and the Jaguars hope to recover Sept. 20 in a homecoming game against Castle View.
“We'll look at the film and figure where we need to improve,” said Lamb.
Rock Canyon will attempt to upgrade several parts of its game before meeting the Sabercats in a Pioneer League encounter at Shea Stadium.
“We have to work on tackling and we have to get better up front in our line play on both sides of the ball,” said Lamb. “We try to scheme week to week on what is going to give us the most success.”
Rock Canyon, which got just three points on two drives inside the Trojans' 10-yard line early in the game, rushed for only 61 yards against Fountain Fort Carson's defending league champions. Quarterback Ryan Hommel's 10-yard scramble in the fourth quarter was the Jaguars' longest run from scrimmage.
Hommel, who sat out a 14-0 loss to Arvada West Sept. 5 with an injury, was 13-25-1 for 287 yards and two touchdowns. Austin Kortum caught six passes for 68 yards and a TD while Jack Lamb hauled in four passes for 119 yards and a score.
“We have to stop blitzes better and when they end up in our backfield we are in trouble,” said Lamb. “That's the bottom line. Ryan did all right.”
Fountain Fort Carson had 430 yards total offense, including 370 yards rushing. Drew Harris finished with 280 yards on 17 carries and had TD runs of 62, 91 and 68 yards.
On two of Harris' long scoring sprints, he appeared to be stopped near the line of scrimmage but broke away from arm tackles. The Trojans averaged 9.1 yards per rush.
“We didn't tackle very well,” admitted Lamb. “You have to tackle. We have to keep working and try to get better.”
Rock Canyon had three turnovers, leading to two Trojan touchdowns.
Noah Parker, a 5-foot-7, 160-pound goalie on the lacrosse team, was in on 12 tackles for the Jaguars from his defensive back position.
“They wore us down,” said Lamb. “They were a physical team. We have to get bigger and stronger in a hurry.”