Two plays in the waning minutes on special teams and on defense sealed the 18-16 win Thursday night for the Fort Collins High School football team over Mountain View.
Michael Kadlick blocked a 37-yard Mountain View field goal attempt with 4:02 remaining, allowing the Lambkins (4-3, 2-0 Northern) to cling onto their two-point lead.
Mountain View would get one more chance late, however, taking over at its own 17-yard line with 1:46 to play. But a few plays into the drive, Fort Collins defensive back Cooper Dean picked off Dennis Landry to seal the win, Fort Collins’ third in a row.
The offensive highlight of the game belonged to Kielar Harpham, who ripped off a 65-yard touchdown run just before halftime to give Fort Collins the 18-10 lead.
The first half scores resembled more a baseball game than a football contest. Fort Collins led 8-7 after an Alex Doble sack of Landry for a safety, while Mountain View responded with a field goal to retake the lead, 10-8.
Fort Collins then jumped back ahead 11-10, thanks to a Luke Grabenstein 32-yard field goal.
Coulson Thurgood scored on a 1-yard run to open the scoring for the Lambkins, who play at Silver Creek on Thursday.
Mountain View pulled to within two on a Landry 27-yard pass to Jordan Kress with 6:20 to go in the third quarter.