In his 25 years as a high school football coach, Cherry Creek's Dave Logan has experienced the agony of losses and the ecstasy of victories. On Dec. 1 at Broncos Stadium at Mile High, Logan watched …
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In his 25 years as a high school football coach, Cherry Creek's Dave Logan has experienced the agony of losses and the ecstasy of victories.
On Dec. 1 at Broncos Stadium at Mile High, Logan watched his Bruins team never get rolling in a 24-14 loss to Valor Christian in the Class 5A state championship game.
“When your season ends, whether it is the first round of the playoffs or the last regular-season game of the season or the state championship game, if you don't win that last game, you are disappointed,” Logan said. “As disappointing as it is, you have to step up and say they played better.''
Cherry Creek started slow offensively and missed tackles on defense, which allowed the Eagles to jump ahead and the Bruins could never catch up.
“We didn't play our best game,” Logan said.
Creek could never establish much of a rushing game despite 35 attempts and averaged just 2.9 yards per rush.
The Bruins put together an 80-yard scoring drive in the second quarter to pull within six points of the Eagles and after yielding a 77-yard TD drive to Valor in the third quarter to fall behind 21-8, the Bruins appeared to be mounting a comeback when the Eagles came up with the play of the game.
Creek had the ball on the Valor 23-yard line with 2:43 left in the third period when the Eagles' 6-foot-7 defensive lineman Roger Rosengarten tipped and intercepted a pass by Bruins quarterback Alex Padilla.
Instead of climbing back into the game and possibly trailing by a touchdown, the Bruins gave up a field goal and fell behind by 16 points.
Logan was quick to point out the interception as a key play in the game.
“We were moving the ball,” pointed out Logan. “If we go down and score there, it's 21-15.”
Cherry Creek's players quickly exited the stadium and were unavailable for comment.
Padilla, a senior who has committed to play at Iowa, connected on 13-of-19 passes for 103 yards and a touchdown against Valor. For the season, Padilla was 169-245 for 1,935 yards and 24 TDs.
Several of the statistical leaders this season were underclassmen.
Juniors Seamus Henderson and Jayle Stacks led the team in rushing. Henderson had 853 yards and Stacks 815 yards. Sophomore Chase Pendry was the top receiver with 56 catches for 704 yards.
Junior Dade Bissel topped the total tackles chart with 109.
“I'm real proud of the kids,” said Logan, who has won state championships at Arvada West, Chatfield, Mullen and Cherry Creek. “We had a heck of a year. We just came up a little bit short.”
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