Fort Collins edges Arapahoe 41-40

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Arapahoe High School lost a tough, hard-fought non-league football contest in overtime Sept. 16 to Fort Collins, 41-40.

The Warriors were seeking to return to their winning ways Sept. 19 when they traveled for a non-league game against Mountain Vista, in a game schedule after press time.

Both teams headed into the Sept. 19 contest with 2-1 records and appear pretty evenly matched. However, in three games, Arapahoe appears to have the offensive advantage, as the Warriors averaged 34.7 points a game while the Golden Eagles have scored an average of 21.3 points per game.

The Sept. 16 afternoon contest was originally scheduled to be played Sept. 13, but the game was rescheduled during heavy rains and flooding in the Fort Collins area.

Mother Nature presented a different picture Sept. 16 as the teams took the field in bright sunshine.

The first half was a seesaw, low-scoring battle. Neither team was able to generate a lot of offense and the first quarter was scoreless. Midway through the second quarter, Fort Collins kicked a field goal and a few minutes later, Arapahoe quarterback Gabe Peterson connected with Ethan Brunhofer on a long pass that set up a Warriors touchdown with 2:11 left in the period.

Arapahoe appeared to be poised to score again after intercepting a Lambkins pass and taking it to the 7-yard line. But the Warriors fumbled and Fort Collins defender Dawson Johnson scooped up the loose ball and took it 86 yards for the touchdown, giving the Lambkins a 10-7 advantage at halftime.

Arapahoe was ahead 17-16 going into the final quarter. In that period, the Warriors scored 16 points and Fort Collins scored 17 points, so the teams had 33 points each at the end of the fourth quarter to send the game into overtime.

The Warriors scored first in overtime and kicked the extra point to take the lead at 40-33. Then Fort Collins got the ball on the 20-yard line and drove in to score a touchdown. But, instead of kicking the ball to tie the score and force another overtime, Lambkins quarterback Kyle Sigsbee passed to Jacob Saracino for the two-point conversion to give Fort Collins the 41-40 victory.