Week 3 was a tough one for some high school football teams in Douglas County. While some were able to remain undefeated on the season thus far, …
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Week 3 was a tough one for some high school football teams in
While some were able to remain undefeated on the season thus
far, others struggled to even get points on the scoreboard.
It was also a week for close games. Two teams in the area fought
to a win by three points or less, while others were able to pick up
their first win of the season.
Castle View had to go to the 2-minute drill to pull out a
homecoming win Sept. 16 at Douglas County Schools Stadium in Castle
Rock against Brighton.
The Bulldogs, who had been shut down early, took a 20-14 lead
with 2 minutes, 20 seconds left on the clock in the fourth quarter
but missed the extra point. After receiving the ball at the 35,
senior quarterback Marshall Thurston led the Sabercats down the
field with passes to junior Gus Marker, senior Tommy Moen and the
eventual 18-yard strike to junior Ben Meile. Kicker Tanner Donahue
stayed perfect on the season and sealed the game with the extra
Castle View started the game strong, attacking Brighton's man
defense and opened up with an early 7-0 lead on a pass from
Thurston to senior Louis Clay. The Castle View defense shut down
the Brighton run attack early but was forced back on the field
twice on muffed punt returns. Despite giving up great field
position, the defense held tight all half.
With time running out in the half, junior safety Phil Grow
intercepted the ball on fourth-and-goal, sending the Cats to the
locker room still up 7-0. Another turnover in the second half gave
Brighton momentum, but after three big sacks by undersized senior
defensive tackle Travis Dudeck, the Sabercats had enough to get the
big win in the end. Castle View now sits at 2-1, and heads to Class
5A Palmer this week.
Chaparral hit the road for non-conference action against hosts
Poudre Sept. 17 in Fort Collins and handed the Impalas a 47-21
defeat to go 2-1 on the season.
Wolverines quarterback Christian Gann had five touchdown passes
with 157 passing yards. Jordan Serena had two touchdown catches and
107 yards receiving. Gann found Serena for a 90-yard touchdown pass
in the second quarter.
J.D. Henry also caught two touchdown passes from Gann. Jordan
West also had a two touchdowns on the ground including a 49-yard
run in the third quarter. Chris Page finished with 116 rushing
yards. West had 83.
On defense, Cody Keppner had 11 tackles. Connor Parson had
Douglas County had a tough time at its homecoming game Sept. 17
at Douglas County Schools Stadium in Castle Rock against visiting
Columbine for non-conference action. County fell to the Rebels
The Huskies’ Justin Hall finished the game with 114 receiving
yards. Quarterback Aaron Rosipajla had 153 passing yards. County
dropped to a 1-2 record with the loss.
Highlands Ranch stayed undefeated after playing host to
Eaglecrest for a non-conference battle Sept. 18 at Shea Stadium in
Highlands Ranch. The Falcons were victorious 35-7.
Ranch’s Joe Hansley had 161 rushing yards, including a 56-yard
touchdown run in the second quarter. Steve Donatell broke two
rushing TDs into the end zone and finished with 50 yards on the
ground. With 40 passing yards in the game, Donatell also threw a
touchdown pass to Connor McFadden on a 13-yard play in the
Nelson Ramos also ran 17 yards for a touchdown. Joey Kloss was
4-for-4 on point-after-touchdown attempts.
On defense, Danny Pezzuti had 13 tackles. Grant Arthurs finished
Legend also had a tough time Sept. 17 at Burt.com Stadium in Parker when they played
host to Mesa Ridge and fell 26-0. Titans quarterback Michael
Finkelstein had 49 passing yards. Nick Evdos had 41 yards rushing.
Corey Wood had 27 passing yards.
On defense, Colton Fries 8.5 tackles, while Mike McCoy finished
with eight. The loss fell Legend to a 1-2 record.
Lutheran High School-Parker went 3-0 on the season as well after
putting up a 43-20 final over Clear Creek Sept. 18 in Parker.
The Lions’ Jonny Foote caught a 36-yard touchdown pass from
quarterback Travis Smith in the second. Foote followed up with a
54-yard punt return for a touchdown. Smith ran in a touchdown on 28
yards in the fourth and threw another touchdown pass to Derek Hizer
for 38 yards.
Jordan Murphy scored two touchdowns as well including a 23-yard
interception return in the second. Kicker Rya Schoene had a 28-yard
field goal in the books and went 5-for-6 on PAT attempts.
Smith finished with 160 passing yards and 126 rushing.
The Golden Eagles also found the “W” Sept. 16 on the road
against Fairview Sept. 17 in Fort Collins. Mountain Vista put up a
34-14 final over the Knights.
The Eagles’ Jesse Geary had two rushing touchdowns, including
one for 50 yards, and finished with 91 yards on the ground. He also
caught a touchdown pass from quarterback Isaac Archuleta for 31
yards in the third quarter.
Archuletta, who had 89 rushing yards and 93 passing, ran in a
touchdown himself for 50 yards as well in the fourth. Kicker Avery
Killifer went 4-for-4 on PAT attempts and had two field goals
through the uprights; one for 41 yards and the other for 30.
On D, Daniel Otsuki had eight tackles. Zac Cash had seven.
Ponderosa won a nail-biter Sept. 16 on the road against Dakota
Ridge in Littleton with a 3-0 final. Kicker Nathan Eckoff put a
42-yard field goal through the uprights. With the win, the Mustangs
advanced to a 2-1 record.
Mustangs quarterback Taylor Johnson finished with 91 passing
yards. Tyler Sandt rushed for 37. Chase Vorwaller had 33 receiving
Rock Canyon played host to Golden Sept. 16 at Shea Stadium in
Highlands Ranch and picked up its first win of the season for a 1-2
record with a 35-21 final.
The Jaguars’ Eddie Williams had 214 rushing yards, including
three trips to the end zone in the second half. quarterback Matt
Hopper threw two touchdown passes in the first half and finished
with 223 passing yards. Brady McNiely caught one TD pass on a
24-yard play, and Mike Shepard caught one for a 25 yard touchdown.
McNiely finished with 138 passing yards.
On defense, Andrew McLaren had 8.5 tackles. Taylor Sheridan had
ThunderRidge also advanced to a 2-1 record on the season after
playing host to Loveland Sept. 17 at Shea Stadium in Highlands
Ranch. The Grizzlies posted the win with a 15-0 final. Highlights
from the game were not available by press time.
Valor Christian founds its first win of the 2010 season as well
this week Sept. 17 at Valor Stadium in Highlands Ranch with a 36-10
final over visiting Rampart.
The Eagles’ ground game paid off for them as Cameron Gray and
Christian McCaffrey each scored a touchdown on the run from the red
zone. Quarterback Brock Berglund also rushed two into the end zone,
one of which was on a 39-yard scamper. He also threw a 2-yard
touchdown pass to Carzell Vickers. Taylor Yancey kicked a
successful 30-yard field goal in the third quarter.
Berglund finished with 196 passing yards and 103 rushing. Gray
had 54 rushing yards, and McCaffrey had 51 receiving.
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