Boulder-Ed McCaffrey of North Colorado stood at the door of the team’s locker room, tapping his chin for every player in need.
Whether or not you beat the locker room, there will be no hanging heads at Folsom Stadium on Friday night. Although Colorado seized control in the second half and eventually won a convincing 35-7, McCaffrey was optimistic about what he saw from the team.
“No one gave us a chance,” said the great former Mustang player. “They think we will lose 60 points. We really think we can win this game. That’s the frustration.”
McCaffrey, who coached the Bears for the first time, could not hide his pride after appearing on his team and participating in the first game since November 2019.
“I am extremely proud of the young people in our football program,” he said. “We haven’t played football in two years. We have played alongside one of the best teams in the Pac-12. It has been closed for a quarter.”
This is real. After the sloppy opening season, neither team has a firm foothold, and the confidence of the Bears is brewing to start the second quarter with a score of 0-0. Most of their confidence comes from the son of the coach, quarterback Dylan McCaffrey, who is a highly rated rookie who moved from Michigan to Greeley.
McCaffrey has not participated in the competition for two years, which shows why the talent evaluator gave him such a high evaluation of his coming out of Valor Christian. He finished 42 shots for 24 nights for 236 yards with 1 touchdown and 1 interception.
“I think the most important thing you can say is rust,” he said when asked to assess his night. “It’s difficult. I just want to put us in a better position. I thought my pitching was everywhere. It felt like we had some good concepts, but my eyes were a bit clumsy.”
McCaffrey attributed his offensive line to their protection. When he missed the open receiver, he said it was on him.
“It really just made me better,” the young McCaffrey said.
In the Bears’ only scoring game, he did not miss. McCaffrey rolled directly from Buffs’ 34-yard line and pulled Cassidy Woods away with a tight seam to end the third quarter. The 6-foot-4 catcher got rid of two potential tacklers and rushed into the end zone.
“I believe in one sentence:’The first point is the hardest to get,'” McCaffrey said of his darts.
With 8 minutes and 05 seconds left in the fourth quarter, the Bears trailed 28-7. The young McCaffrey stepped off the bench to give high fives to every player who needed love. After the game, he reiterated the same support for his teammates.
“He is a leader, he is a very good quarterback,” his father said.
Almost nothing is wrong, both father and son took some ostensible responsibility for the loss. Both said they needed to put their team in a better position to win. The father admitted some missed red zone opportunities, while the son had his wrong first half interception in the end zone.
“He came alive in the second half and passed the ball very well,” said McCaffrey old. “… Tough like a nail. He has also received some blows. Unfortunately, this is a curse on the McCaffrey family.”