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 night.