MONTE VISTA — This Friday Monte Vista (2-0) plays host to Pagosa Springs (0-2) in a tale of two teams.
Monte Vista has gotten off to a good start as they knocked off Cedaredge in convincing fashion 31-8 and went on the road to take down Ellicot 29-14 to go 2-0.
Pagosa Springs meanwhile has struggled going 0-2 with losses to Salida and Centauri by 8 and 19 points respectively. Last time these teams met Monte Vista won by a score of 31-14 posting 277 yards rushing posting a sack and 3 takeaways.
Similar to last year Monte Vista is largely a running team relying heavily on senior tailback Jacob Chavez. In two games Chavez has reached 367 yards on the ground off 62 touches to tally 7 touchdowns. Chavez is a grinder with a 5.9 yard average and a long of 35 yards.
Junior Zach Hindes takes the snaps for Monte Vista and has had some success through limited attempts going 6 of 8 for 43 yards and a touchdown. Hindes has done a good job keeping the ball in his teammates' hands with 0 interceptions and has played his way to a respectable 126.6 quarterback rating.
Hindes is handy with his legs as well rushing for 63 yards on 2 attempts good enough for second on the team. Through the air sophomore Kaidon Wenta figures to receive the bulk of the targets having collected half of them already for 26 yards and a touchdown.
Defensively Monte Vista has had opportunities and pounced, forcing five fumbles and recovering all five of them. Their pass rushers stay busy tracking down quarterbacks with 5 hurries and seniors Antonio Duran, Oscar Diaz and Andrew Martinez each having contributed 2 to the team total 6 sacks.
Amazingly with all the pressure they generate Monte Vista has yet to get an interception. They will have an opportunity as visiting Pagosa Springs turned the ball over 4 times last week, twice through the air. The game starts at 7 p.m. Friday the 15th in Monte Vista.