Columbia High's junior varsity football team ground out an 18-0 victory over Castle Rock here Monday night to make its record 3-0.
Nik Salas and Kyle Earls each ran for a touchdown, Andy Pate threw for one to Travis Hamilton and the Junior Bruins' defense intercepted three passes to help preserve the shutout.
Columbia opened the game with a 66-yard drive that lasted more than five minutes and culminated in a 3-yard run up the gut by Salas at 6:18.
That would be the only score of the first half as both teams' defenses stiffened.
Castle Rock's deepest penetration of CHS territory in the game--to CHS's 20-yard line--came on its opening series, a drive that eventually ran out of downs.
Pate and ?????? each intercepted passes in the second quarter to take the ball away on consecutive Castle Rock possessions.
Late in the half, Columbia took to the air and reached Castle Rock's red zone after Rees Stevenson picked up 24 yards on a catch-and-run play and an interference call on the Firecrackers.
But the Junior Bruin couldn't keep the drive from slipping into reverse; a fumbled handoff gave the ball back to Castle Rock with 37 seconds remaining in the second quarter.
In the third quarter, both defensive units continued their bend-but-don't-break play until the Junior Bruins' Pate connected with Hamilton in the corner of the end zone from 17 yards for a 12-0 CHS lead at the 2:57 mark.
Playing catch-up, Castle Rock also went to more of an aerial attack and had some success before Robert Plante took the lead out of the zeppelin at his own 44 with 1:11 left in the third quarter.
Columbia wrapped up the win with 1:59 to go in the game when Earls dashed around left end for an 18-yard score that made it 18-0.