LOVELAND -- It didn't take long for Loveland to prove that last year's run to the 4A state championship wasn't a fluke. The statement was made during the opening kickoff.
Ryan Campos made the start of the 2016 season memorable for the Indians--taking the opening kick back 80 yards for a touchdown and an immediate 7-0 lead over Westminster.
From there, a stout defense and an unstoppable rushing attack helped Loveland roll over the visiting Westminster Wolves 26-0.
Each team's first game of the year was a matchup of two teams with completely different stories the year before.
in 5A, Westminster went a perfect 9-0 during the regular season in 2015 before being upset in the first round of the state playoffs by Fruita Monument.
Loveland, however, snuck into the 4A state playoffs last season before stringing together a miraculous run that ended in a trip to the state championship.
The magic carried over to 2016.
While the game remained close for a while, Loveland capitalized on a couple of Westminster turnovers when Indians Running Back Noah Pangrac punched one into the end zone on 4th and goal to make it 14-0 just before halftime.
Pangrac added two more scores in the second half. A missed extra point and a failed two-point conversion led to the final score of 26-0.
Despite some great runs from Westminster's backfield trio--Dakota Lowery, Jesus Reyes and Dylan Hebbard-- Loveland's defense was able to keep the Wolves out of the end zone and off the scoreboard completely.
Westminster will seek to capture its first win on September 9 at home against Legend.
Whereas, Loveland aims to stay undefeated in its next game at Thompson Valley.
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