Phenoms

Great players, great games highlight this week's semifinal action.

Fairview had no shortage of heroes Saturday in their 38-28 defeat of ThunderRidge, but none proved timelier than junior defensive back Johnny Feauto. The playmaking defender had two picks, one in the third that lead to a Fairview score and one in the fourth to help ice the game. Feauto's opportunistic defensive play has been key to undefeated Fairview's run toward the title game. Offensively, Fairview QB Anders Hill threw for 315 yards. In the loss ThunderRidge receiver Mark Hopper, one of Colorado's hidden gems, posted over 160 receiving yards on nine catches

In a slight 4A surprise Colorado Springs Pine Creek turned the tables on Monarch rushing for 391 yards and playing tough defense to oust the defending state champs, 21-7. Offensively the key component for Pine Creek was senior running back Austin Schultz who rushed for 189 yards on 16 carries. The run heavy defensive game only saw 11 passes between Monarch and Pine Creek. The Creek defense limited the potent Monarch run game and All-State back Ethan Marks all day. In the loss senior Jay MacIntyre returned yet another kickoff for a score giving Monarch their only score on the day.

On the other side of the 4A bracket in what was the day's most exciting game, Montrose held off upstart Pueblo South 39-38 in double overtime. In the win senior running back Angelo Youngren posted 189 yards and two scores. Youngren's most important run of the day and for his career was a two point conversion that sealed the victory in the second OT.

Silver Creek QB Ben Sjobakken spread the wealth to six different receivers and threw two touchdown passes as defending 3A champ Silver Creek defeated Delta 28-17 moving to the 3A final. In the loss Delta QB Cade Gafford threw for 335 yards. Silver Creek will face this year's Cinderella, Colorado Springs Coronado in the final after Coronado held on to win 28-27 against The Classical Academy. In the win Coronado back Isaah Duvall rushed for 144 yards.

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