Sabercats earn big win at annual Homecoming game


The Sabercats running to celebrate with the students after massive win

Dylan Heinrich, Sports Writer

The Fossil Ridge football team earns a big win against Poudre 28-6 during their first Homecoming game in two years.

The Sabercats jumped out to an early 7-0 on the opening drive off a short run from Dustin Mock. Fossil kept the momentum rolling, as junior cornerback Ryan Pollyea intercepted the ball on Poudre’s first drive. 

Cornerback Ryan Pollyea squaring up at the line of scrimmage

Fossil capitalized on the turnover, as Mac Busteed scored a long touchdown on a big pass from junior Tyler Kubat.

Kubat and Busteed were clicking all night long, as they connected six times for 93 yards and two touchdowns. 

Despite Poudre scoring a touchdown late in the second quarter, the Sabercats still had the lead 14-6 heading into the half.

Quarterback Tyler Kubat celebrating a touchdown with receiver Mac Busteed

The turning point during the game happened during the third quarter, as Tyler Kubat threw a deep pass down the field to Trek Keyworth while getting hit by two Poudre defenders. The play moved Fossil from their own 20 yard line to inside the Poudre 20, and Fossil then scored their third touchdown of the play shortly after. Kubat talked about his thought process during that big play.

“To be honest I was just like Trek’s down there somewhere, so might as well put everything into it. The kid took my legs out from underneath me, but I got it off just in time…Trek made a great catch like always…”  Kubat said.

The Sabercats scored two more times, once more from Mock and another from Busteed. Despite the four touchdowns, the highlight of the game was the Fossil defense, as they forced 3 turnovers, 2 sacks, and 8 tackles for loss.

The Sabercats were flying all over the field, coming up with several fourth down stops

With there not being a Homecoming game due to restrictions last year, the students made up for lost time by showing up strong, packing the student section to the top. Quarterback Tyler Kubat was a big fan of the school’s support during the game.

“…it was a great experience, great crowd turnout, great school spirit. Everyone was loud, the band was great. Cheer, dance, did great like always…we just played as one,” Kubat said.

The Sabercats will look to improve to 2-0 in conference play as they will travel to play Horizon next Friday, October 8.