Monday, Sept. 21, 2009 | 1:31 p.m.
The Boulder City High football team gave up two quick touchdowns in the first quarter on Sept. 18 against host Canyon View of Cedar City, Utah, and couldn’t recover in a 27-18 defeat.
Boulder City (2-2) was led by quarterback Ross LaMarca’s 157 passing yards and two touchdowns — scoring strikes of 69 yards to Joe Woodbury and 55 yards to Preston Swasey — but the early deficit was too much to overcome.
“We have to tackle better and we have to block better,” Boulder City coach Alex Kazel said. “We need to progress and get better each week until the end of the season.”
Boulder City’s other touchdown came on a run from Jack LaMarca, who finished with 26 yards rushing on six carries. Devin Combs led Boulder City’s ground attack with 74 yards on 14 attempts, but was held without a touchdown for the first time in three weeks.
“Not to make excuses, but we had a long bus ride (to Cedar City) and we just came out slow in the first half,” Swasey said.
The Eagles host first-year Sunrise Mountain High of Las Vegas on Sept. 25 for the first of four straight home games. Sunrise Mountain is a 4A school and Kazel expects a close contest.
Boulder City dedicated part of its practice earlier in this week to blocking drills. As has been the case all season, the Eagles had a make-shift offensive line against Canyon View and that instability was problematic.
“Canyon View was a big and physical team,” Kazel said. “We couldn’t match that. They played from snap to whistle.”
Boulder City on Oct. 2 hosts Faith Lutheran, then welcomes Eldorado Oct. 9 and opens 3A Southern League play Oct. 16 against visiting Virgin Valley High of Mesquite.
Ray Brewer can be reached at 990-2662 or firstname.lastname@example.org.