Sabercats ruin Lobos’ Homecoming with statement win


Linebacker Jake Decklever returning an interception for a touchdown

Dylan Heinrich, Sports Writer

The Fossil Ridge football team defeated Rocky Mountain 34-19 on October 19, ruining Rocky’s Homecoming game.

Fossil opened the game strong, scoring a touchdown on their opening drive, capped off by a one-yard QB sneak by junior Tyler Kubat.

Quarterback Tyler Kubat celebrating with Nathan Hallmark after the opening touchdown

The Sabercats kept the momentum rolling, as linebacker Jake Decklever intercepted Rocky’s first pass of the game and returned it for a touchdown, extending Fossil’s lead to 14-0.

“I had an adrenaline rush. I saw him throw the ball, jumped it right as I saw it,” Decklever said.

Fossil’s defense looked strong all night, with their most experienced players taking the lead.

Fossil and Rocky at the line of scrimmage before a play

“I saw some seniors step up today that I haven’t seen in the past…it was great to see,” Decklever said.

Fossil allowed 10 points before the half, but added another touchdown of their own, holding a lead of 20-10 heading into halftime.

Head coach Jeff Fulton coaching his defense during a timeout

The Lobos bounced back during the third scoring late in the quarter, cutting Fossil’s lead to one score. The Sabercats blocked the extra point, keeping their lead at four points, 20-16. 

Fossil wouldn’t waste any time bouncing back, scoring a touchdown less than a minute into the fourth quarter. The touchdown came from receiver Mac Busteed, who jumped up and wrestled the ball away from the Rocky defender.

“I knew the ball was coming to me, I just wanted to go up and make a play. Credit to the whole team, great ball by Tyler [Kubat]…it was a great play,” Busteed said.

Receiver Mac Busteed celebrating his touchdown catch

The Sabercats executed well as a team and were able to share the workload, earning a big team victory.

“I’m so glad we got the win…that’s the most complete game we’ve played at Fossil since I’ve been here,” Busteed said.

Rocky made a field goal, cutting the lead down to eight. Fossil stayed calm and collected, scoring one final touchdown to ice the game.

The Sabercats improve to 4-5(3-1 in league play) and keep their hopes at the playoffs and the conference title alive. Fossil will take on the Legacy Lightning(6-3,4-0 in conference) next Friday, October 29.

The Fossil fans showing support for their team, participating in a white out