No. 1 Montrose Ready for SWL Opener
MONTROSE, Colo.--No. 1 Montrose (6-0) has silenced the doubters.
"Not a lot of people were expecting us to be as good as we are," senior Pete Shearer said. "I personally didn't even know how great we were going to be this year."
After starting the season unranked, the Indians have climbed their way to the top, and stand alone as the unanimous No. 1 team in Class 4A. And more importantly, No. 1 in the wild card points standings.
But this team is too focused to let rankings or outside chatter get the best of them.
"We can't control what people are saying about us," head coach Todd Casebier said. "Whether it's good or bad. But we can control practice, and our guys have done a really good job in both weeks getting ready--the bye week and this one.
"The one thing about this group is they've been ready to play the big games, and they know Fruita is a huge game because it's a league game."
Friday the Indians will begin their quest for back-to-back Southwestern League titles when they open league play against the 3-4 Wildcats. But Shearer knows that it's just the first step in what the team hopes is a very long journey.
"When you're getting the kind of attention we've been getting this year, people are painting a target on your chest," the senior said. "But, you've just got to come out and do what you've been doing all year. We all want to make sure we secure the league, and this is the first step to it."
Montrose has matchups against 5A Grand Junction and No. 10 Durango looming on their schedule, but if history is any indication, the Indians will rise to the occasion.
And after six decades without a state championship, maybe, just maybe, 2013 is the Indians' year.