The Loveland High School football team will be happy to never see KielarHarpham again.
The Fort Collins senior football star put on a show Thursday night, catapulting the Lambkins to a 41-25 win at French Field over Loveland.
It would probably be easier to list the things Harpham didn’t do because he was everywhere.
Or, as Fort Collins (2-3) coach Eric Rice said, “he makes us look like good coaches.”
The Lambkins forced a three-and-out on the first possession of the game from Loveland (2-3) and Harpham returned the ensuing punt 70 yards for a touchdown.
Not only was it the perfect start, but justification for a well-drilled practice this week.
“We worked on punt return for 30 minutes the other day. I was just insane with drilling details and setting up the wall,” Rice said. “We knew we could get a return if we just gave him a little alley.”
Fort Collins then got the offense going the best it has all season, with SamBostak racking up 73 yards and two touchdowns on the ground in the first half.
JacobMoyer, in just his second start at quarterback, also performed well. The senior threw for 150 yards and touchdown passes to JackGrauberger and Harpham (who else?).
While the Lambkins were rolling at half, Loveland made a furious rally in the third quarter to cut the Fort Collins lead to three.
That’s when Harpham helped settle things down again. His touchdown reception came right after Loveland’s score. Then on the next possession he intercepted a pass, leading to a game-sealing touchdown run from Moyer.
“We need to be able to switch the momentum with a flip of the switch,” Harpham said. “It allows us to win. If we can’t flip it there they’ll keep driving and driving and we’ll have a lot closer game than we did.”
Harpham finished with two touchdowns, 55 receiving yards, 33 rush yards an interception and a sack as he was on the field for nearly every offensive, defensive and special teams play.
“It was amazing,” Harpham said. “I love it. I get a chance to do everything I want to do.”
After being dominated in back-to-back weeks by the No. 3 and 2 teams — Windsor and Longmont — in Class 4A, the Lambkins were desperate for a win. Next week begins the defense of their Northern Conference title at 7 p.m. Oct. 9 against Greeley Central at French Field.
“We wanted it extremely bad, we had to win this game,” Harpham said. “This is a perfect game to get us going and get the season rolling.”
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Fort Collins 41, Loveland 25
FC — Kielar Harpham 70 punt return (Luke Grabenstein kick), 10:07.
L — Charles Dunkelman 6 run (kick failed), 5:37.
FC — Sam Bostak 16 run (Grabenstein kick), 4:33.
FC — Bostak 2 run (Grabenstein kick), 10:21.
FC — Jack Grauberger 20 catch from Jacob Moyer (Grabenstein kick), 7:27.
L — Ayden Eberhardt 2 run (run failed), 4:31.
L — Dunkelman 45 interception return (kick failed), 10:11.
L — Eberhardt 30 run (Eberhardt kick), 6:19.
FC — Harpham 16 catch from Moyer (Grabenstein kick), 3:46.
FC —Moyer 9 run (kick failed), 2:01.