10 Shot – High School Football is Back – Littleton at Lake

High School Football is Back!

You heard me.  End of August, and we are back on the grid iron.  Thursday night I was supposed to photograph the Ralston Valley softball game against Mountain Vista, but due to lightning, the game was postponed until Friday.  I had Arvada West softball vs Wheat Ridge scheduled for Friday followed by Standley Lake hosting Littleton, but with the reschedule, I headed up to shoot the RV softball game first.  It started near on time, but there was a short rain delay and there was lighting in the area that ended the game early.  So I headed up to the North Area Athletic Complex (NAAC) for the football game.  The lightning in the area delayed the start, but once the boys got on the field it went off without a hitch.

Last season, Standley Lake, who was not the best team, blew Littleton out, something like 60-0.  This season, Littleton was under a the leadership of a new football coach, so I was honestly expecting it to be a bloodbath.  However, Littleton played some good defense and was able to hold the Gators to 7 points in the first quarter and 7 in the second.  When the second half began, Lake looked a bit better, but Littleton was able to find the end zone and putting the only points up on the scoreboard in the third quarter.  Leading by only 7 going into the fourth quarter, Lake turned up their offense and added another 13 points and their defense held Littleton scoreless.  Standley Lake wins with a score of 27 to 7.

And on to the photos.  All photos are available through MaxPreps.  And remember to check MaxPreps all season long.  We have a lot of photographers covering High School Football this season.

A new entrance for the Gators this season.  I liked it….just needed a couple fog machines…

High School Football is Back

August 23, 2013: The Standley Lake Gators prepare to enter the field to face the Littleton Lions in the first game of the season at the North Area Athletic Complex in Arvada, Colorado on Friday night.

Lake had a good run game going.  Will have a tougher time when they get to league play I think, but for tonight it worked for them.

High School Football is Back

August 23, 2013: Standley Lake Gators Trey Muller (28) runs toward the sidelines in a attempt to get around the Littleton defense in the football game between Littleton and Standley Lake at the North Area Athletic Complex in Arvada, Colorado on Friday night.

It seemed like even broken plays were working for the Gators.

High School Football is Back

August 23, 2013: Standley Lake Gators senior Matt Fujinami (15) runs the ball in the football game between Littleton and Standley Lake at the North Area Athletic Complex in Arvada, Colorado on Friday night.

Have to modify my flash a bit…a little redeye edit on this image, but the devil eyes (white) are just a pain…next week there will be a difference…

High School Football is Back

August 23, 2013: Standley Lake Gators junior John Ruiz-Perez (46) runs runs the ball up the middle through the Littleton defense in the football game between Littleton and Standley Lake at the North Area Athletic Complex in Arvada, Colorado on Friday night.

Durant had me cracking up on this play.  He caught the ball, and as he broke tackles on his way for the end zone, he was screaming “Touchdown!  Touchdown!  Touchdown!”

High School Football is Back

August 23, 2013: Standley Lake Gators junior wide receiver Connor Durant (81) outruns the Littleton defense to the end zone for a touchdown in the football game between Littleton and Standley Lake at the North Area Athletic Complex in Arvada, Colorado on Friday night.

Littleton just struggled in this game.

High School Football is Back

August 23, 2013: A Littleton player attempts to outrun a tackle in the football game between Littleton and Standley Lake at the North Area Athletic Complex in Arvada, Colorado on Friday night.

Another big gain for Durant and the Gators.

High School Football is Back

August 23, 2013: Standley Lake Gators junior wide receiver Connor Durant (81) brings the ball up the field in the football game between Littleton and Standley Lake at the North Area Athletic Complex in Arvada, Colorado on Friday night.

This is one of the cleaner hand offs Littleton had.  Quite a few of the photos I had showed the running back running right into the quarterback.  Could be a long season.

High School Football is Back

August 23, 2013: The Littleton Lions quarterback sets up to hand the ball off in the football game between Littleton and Standley Lake at the North Area Athletic Complex in Arvada, Colorado on Friday night.

A few times, Littleton did get a break and find some decent running room.

High School Football is Back

August 23, 2013: A Littleton player finds an opening in the Standley Lake defense in the football game between Littleton and Standley Lake at the North Area Athletic Complex in Arvada, Colorado on Friday night.

Standley Lake just played a better game and walked away with the win.

High School Football is Back

August 23, 2013: Standley Lake Gators junior quarterback Jacob Naranjo (4) drops back for a pass in the football game between Littleton and Standley Lake at the North Area Athletic Complex in Arvada, Colorado on Friday night.

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