BY TOM BROLLEY
Northwest coach Carl Majer called a timeout and stormed into his team’s huddle at their own 10-yard line just two plays into the game.
Majer challenged his team after his son, quarterback Gunner Majer, had a poor pitch on an option and then a bobbled quarterback-center exchange.
Two plays later, running back Bret Rutkoski converted a fourth-and-6 run from their own 30 and the Rangers never looked back.
Northwest didn’t face another fourth down the rest of the half as they scored on all five possessions on its way to a 41-16 win over Montrose on Friday.
Rutkoski shredded the Montrose defense for 132 yards on the ground and 87 yards through the air as he scored four times.
The Rangers also got long touchdown runs from Kyle Kramer (65 yard TD run) and Garrett Yustat (42 yard TD run) in the victory.
For the second straight week, Montrose didn’t attempt a pass.
But the Meteors showed some life in the second half against the Rangers backups when Isaac Bulkley ripped off touchdown runs of 49 and 82 yards on his way to 152 total yards on the ground.
“We didn’t quit,” Montrose coach Jack Kiehl said. “We’re a team loaded up with juniors and sophomores and two or three seniors playing. “[We had] young guys stepping up. They made some substitutions, but we kept playing and they won a few battles in the middle.”