Why do we play the game? To see who wins. In one of the most interesting weeks in Colorado football top teams fell across multiple divisions.
On Thursday night previously unbeaten Columbine faced an Arapahoe squad that had to play with top rusher and offensive leader Jose Cancannon. Undaunted the Warriors used a strong 200 yard, three touchdown passing performance from senior QB Gabe Peterson as well as a yeoman like effort from backup running back Bryan Daldegan to defeat the Rebels 49-28.
Two weeks ago Montrose running back Angelo Youngren, a four year starter and one of Colorado’s hidden gems, played no offense in a win versus Pueblo West and last week Youngren only carried the ball twice in a win over Hinkley. Well rested and healthy, Youngren ran wild against an always good Monarch offense posting over 220 rush yards as the visiting Indians surprised 4A number one and defending state champ Monarch 39-34.
In 5A home standing Regis sent a message, rebounding from last week’s loss to Cherokee Trail by defeating previously unbeaten ThunderRidge 35-12. Dominating the line of scrimmage and showing their most consistent passing of the season Regis jumped out early and never looked back. Junior athlete Trevor Williams averaged 34 yards a catch on three catches opening up the run game for Regis.
The Montrose win in 4A as well as the Regis win in 5A were both considered mild upsets while 1-3 Frederick’s win over defending and formerly unbeaten 3A champ Silver Creek bordered on improbable. In a tight game that game down to the final moments, a field goal by Frederick to secure the 31-28 win. Frederick was able to run the ball against an experienced Silver Creek D as senior Xavier Lindberg posted 168 yards while quarterback Michael Broz chipped in 60 yards.
Fairview, an offensive juggernaut, dispelled concerns about their defense holding a very good Ralston Valley offense in check as the Knights took it to the Mustangs 43-18. 2014 Fairview QB Anders Hill continued his aerial assault finding five different receivers for a total of 389 yards.
Traditional 5A power Mullen picked up their first win of the season 38-21 against Bear Creek.
Pomona stayed in the 5A mix making quick work of Boulder 44-8.
In 4A Pueblo Centennial remained unbeaten outscoring Canon City 41-34.
The Cherry Creek defense, one of the best in the state, kept Austin Conway in check beating Overland 20-6.
In one of the tightest games of Friday Eaton held on to beat Fort Lupton 28-27.
The pistol has firing as Grand Junction put up 63 points in a win against Fruita-Monument.
Grandview got the offense going with 35 points in a win over Eaglecrest. In his season debut Chukwuma Obinnah had 180 yards and three TDs for the Wolves.
In a week of upsets Valor, in business like form, handled a talented Fountain-Fort Carson squad 40-0