Silver Creek High School football fell to 0-2 in the revived and shortened fall season on Friday night, losing to Erie 54-27 at Everly-Montgomery Field.
Under a sky choked with smoke and ash from the Cameron Peak fire in Larimer County, Erie came out strong and never looked back.
The Tigers improved to 2-0 behind a 14-point burst in the first 69 seconds of the game and they never looked back. Eli Hubert returned a kickoff for a Silver Creek touchdown, but by the end of a furious first quarter, Erie led 28-13.
Erie grew its lead to 40-20 in the second quarter, which included a 30-minute smoke delay called with two minutes left and ended up serving as an early halftime.
The smoke and ash were omnipresent all night, but seemed to peak after 7 p.m. Despite the poor air quality and a long halftime break, Erie continued to score at will against the Raptors in the conference opener for both Class 4A Northern 1 League teams.
Silver Creek has another tough game ahead next week, when it hosts powerhouse Broomfield, which improved to 2-0 with a 30-21 home win over Brighton (1-1) on Friday. That game will be at 4 p.m. at Everly-Montgomery Field, the first game of a doubleheader that will conclude with the 7:30 p.m. matchup between Longmont (1-1) and Skyline (2-0).
In a battle of undefeateds, Erie hosts Windsor (2-0) at 7 p.m. Friday.