Football: Coach’s challenge sparks stellar play in Mountain Vista-Arapahoe game

Mountain Vista hands Arapahoe season’s 1st loss


Garrett Looney, football coach at Mountain Vista High School in Highlands Ranch, had a talk with Nick Stone before the Sept. 9 non-league game against Centennial’s Arapahoe High.

And the 6-foot-1 senior wide receiver listened and accepted the challenge from his coach.

Stone caught four touchdown passes to help the Vista Golden Eagles prevail, 27-17, in the game played at Littleton Public Schools Stadium.

“He did a great job,” said Vista head coach Garrett Looney. “I challenged him before the game. The last couple games he didn’t play the way he’s capable of playing. You saw the Stone we know tonight. He played awesome. He’s a great player and a really good kid. I’m happy for him.”

Stone, who also played a little cornerback, punted, returned punts and threw a 27-yard pass, caught seven passes for 147 yards in the game.

“That was a fun high school football game,” added Looney. “They came in 2-0 and were beating the crap out of teams and we had a tough one with Grandview last week. Grandview is really good. I’m proud of the bounce back our kids had. We showed a lot of grit and determination and played really well.”

It was the first loss for Arapahoe in three games while Vista improved to 2-1 overall for the season.

Vista quarterback Dane Dougherty completed seven of 15 passes for 133 yards and the Golden Eagles wound up with 366 yards in total offense.

Arapahoe senior Pyreese Miller ran 64 yards on the first play of the game which led to a 3-yard TD pass from quarterback Cole Hanson to Ty Scheckenbach.

Vista also scored on its first possession with Dougherty hooking up with Stone on a 13-yard TD pass.

The Golden Eagles led 20-14 at half and settled the outcome in the third quarter on a 48-yard TD pass from Dougherty to Stone.

“We’re going to enjoy the win and we have Legend next week,” said Looney. ‘They are really good. This was the type of win we can build off of for sure. It gives out kids a ton of confidence going into league (Continental).

Miller unofficially had 123 yards rushing for Arapahoe.

“We didn’t do a very good job of doing the things we needed to do,” said first year Arapahoe coach Joe Nuu. “It’s a good thing for us and now we have to get back to the drawing board to figure out what we need to do. It was a good slap in the face. It wasn’t a slap that all the kids expected, but they (Vista) did a great job.

“We’re 2-1. We’re not 0-3. We’ve got to do a better job of executing things because the Centennial League is really tough. Our guys didn’t give up. We just didn’t stay focused and they got into our heads and we didn’t stay with what we needed to do. It was a bunch of little things but I think we’ll be OK.”


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