Littleton's football team gave fans plenty to cheer about as the Lions rolled to a 44-13 win over George Washington.
The victory raised the Littleton non-league record to 2-1 as the team prepares to open the 4A Plains League season against Wheat Ridge at 4 p.m. Sept. 13 at Jefferson County Stadium, located at West Sixth Avenue and South Wadsworth Boulevard.
The Farmers bring a 1-1 record into the Sept. 13 contest and will be looking for a victory after the 45-18 loss to Monarch on Sept. 6.
“We are getting better every day,” Littleton coach Kurt Krantz said after the win over George Washington. “The kids played well today. On defense, we are being aggressive, and on offense we are mixing it up and trying to get better. Today, all the kids did what we asked them to do and we got the win.”
In the opening quarter, Littleton and GW exchanged punts and, as a result, the Lions got the ball on their own 20. The Lions put together a drive and scored on a well-thrown pass by quarterback Nick McNamee to Tre Blake. The extra point was good to make the score 7-0.
Midway through the second quarter, McNamee and Blake hooked up again for an aerial TD and the extra point made it 14-0
The Lions got two more points just over a minute later when George Washington gave up a safety when the Patriots were called for holding in their end zone.
The free kick didn't go well and Littleton took over on the GW 31. The Lions scored on a run by sophomore Noah McGhee and the extra point kick made it 23-0.
The Lions scored again late in the second quarter when Austin Sonju bulled over from the 1-yard line. The extra point was good and the score was 30-0 at halftime.
Three minutes into the third quarter, Littleton got the ball on the GW 22. A few plays later McNamee passed to Austin Bieber for the TD and T.R. Mitchell kicked another extra point to make the score 37-0.
George Washington fans got to cheer as, on the kickoff, a Patriot gathered in the ball and raced 76 yards for a touchdown and the extra-point kick was good.
Littleton answered with another touchdown early in the final period when Sonju carried the ball into the end zone. Mitchell split the uprights and the score was 44-6.
George Washington got a final touchdown on a pass play but the extra point was blocked so the final score was 44-13.
Quarterback McNamee said the game was huge for the Lions.
“At this time last year, we were 0-3, now we are 2-1, so our confidence is over the roof,” the senior said. “Our coaches mix up the formations and the plays and my job is to execute what is called. The guys up front have been doing a great job this season and I feel good about our team as we go into league play.”
Unlike some past Littleton teams that went with separate lineups on offense and defense, Coach Krantz has some athletes like McNamee playing on both sides of the ball.
“I play defensive back as well as quarterback,” he said. “It is fun to do that, but on a hot day like today, it was pretty tiring.”
Teammate Noah McGhee agreed the game against George Washington was a great day.
“I have always been a running back and today the line stepped up, created the openings and I gained quite a bit of yardage,” the sophomore said. “I play defensive back too, but I like offense the best because I like to get the ball and score touchdowns.”
He said the attitude on this year's team is a lot different. He said the Lions were 2-8 last year and no one was happy playing football.
“This year is a lot different,” McGhee said. “All the guys on the team are excited about the season, and the excitement is really high today because this is the biggest win in a long time for Littleton and a great way to start the season.”
Krantz said the game put a smile on his face.
“I am a new coach and this is a new team with only seven or eight kids who played varsity last year,” he said. “Today, we built a lead so we were able to give some of the younger kids a chance to play. We had about 50 kids in uniform today and every one of then got into the game. That makes it a good day for everyone.”