Thus far, the Columbine football
squad has gained its wins against the second tier of the South Metro. Last night that changed, as the Rebels
handled #5 ranked league foe Arvada West 35-14. Following form the Rebels took their
first drive eighty yards for a score without once putting the ball in the
air. Jeff Cicchinelli finished off
the drive with a two yard TD run.
After a penalty by Arvada West on the extra point, Columbine elected to
use the short field to try an on side kick. The ploy worked as the Rebels recovered
the ball. Taking advantage of quick
change momentum, head coach Andy Lowry called a rare pass and QB Kyler Brady
found Orenzo Davis for a score.
14-0 Columbine. The second
quarter would see Columbine extend the lead as Chad Korodaj scored on two
runs. In an attempt to make things
interesting, West returner Trevor Toteve returned a Columbine kickoff ninety
yards for a score, to make the halftime score 28-7 at the half.
In the second half, Arvada West
runner Nick Greco scored from one yard out to take advantage of a Jeff
Cicchinelli fumble, but that would be it on the night for the Wildcats. The Rebels would eat clock the remainder
of the evening and cap things off with one more Jeff Cicchinelli touchdown
making the final 35-14 Columbine.
The line of scrimmage is the sand
box of Columbine and the control how things are played. Defensively, Curtis Cunningham spent all
night in the West backfield and Ben Tedford recorded three sacks. Offensively, the Columbine offensive
line got to linebacker level with ease against the West three man front, thus
creating big time room for Davis, Cicchinelli and Korodaj. The twenty-one point win over a good
Arvada West squad sends a strong message to the rest of the South Metro that
Columbine can play their game against upper echelon schools.
Jeff Cicchinelli rushed for 120
yards, scored twice and locked down and beat up Arvada West receivers all