There’s never a dull moment when it comes to prep football in the South Metro area. Englewood football remains undefeated, Cherry Creek bounces …
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There’s never a dull moment when it comes to prep football in
the South Metro area.
Englewood football remains undefeated, Cherry Creek bounces back
from two hard losses for a close-one over Grandview and Littleton
continues to have problems winning on the road.
Cherry Creek (5A)
After two big losses over the past couple weeks, Cherry Creek
managed to bounce back and post its third win of the season in
Creek League action against Grandview Oct. 1 at Legacy Stadium. The
Bruins defeated the host Wolves 24-20.
Creek’s Hunter Burton ran in two touchdowns, one for 4 yards in
the first quarter and the second in the second for 37 yards. Eric
Pettis also broke into the end zone on a 4-yard book. Kicker Nick
Gauna put a 40-yard field goal through the uprights and was 3-for-3
on point-after-touchdown attempts.
Burton finished with 118 passing yards and 95 rushing yards.
Bruce McCoy had 95 yards receiving. With the win, the Bruins went
3-2 on the season, 1-0 in league.
Englewood scored three touchdowns in the first half and added
two more in the final period to best Ridge View Academy 32-8.
The Oct. 2 victory raises Englewood’s record to 6-0 for the
first time in 10 years.
Pirates quarterback Joel Pleiman carried the ball 3 yards for a
TD then threw two touchdown passes to Johnny Waltz to help the team
build a 20-0 halftime lead.
Ridge View got a touchdown on a long pass in the second half but
the Pirates countered as Kevin Matthews recorded touchdown runs of
32 and 10 yards to make the final score 32-8.
Matthews was the leading rusher as he carried the ball 29 times
for 189 yards. Defensively, the Pirates kept the Ridge View running
game contained and put constant pressure on the quarterback when
the Rams sought to go to the air.
“We are still doing a few things wrong but we are doing enough
to win, playing hard and staying on track,” Pirates coach Jay
Graves said. “We are going to take the bye week to get better,
particularly when it comes to blocking and tackling as we get ready
As Graves said, the Pirates have a bye this week, but he and the
coaches promised to keep the players busy and use the extra time to
prepare for the toughest game on the schedule so far this season
when they meet Evergreen Oct. 15.
Littleton continued to struggle to find a win on the road,
losing to Pine Creek Oct. 1 in Colorado Springs. The Eagles beat
the Lions 41-0 to drop Littleton to a 2-3 overall record.
Individual statistics for Littleton were unavailable by press
time. The Lions start West Metro League action this week on the
road against Ponderosa.
Valor Christian (4A)
Valor Christian, last year’s 3A state champion, picked up
another win, this time against Pueblo South Oct. 1 at Valor Stadium
in Highlands Ranch. The Eagles, now playing 4A, improved to 2-3 on
the season with a 31-2 final over South.
In the first quarter, the Eagles’ Ty Scott ran for a 7-yard
touchdown. Brock Berglund found Sackett Keesen for a 23-yard
Third quarter, Scott plunged into the end zone again on an
8-yard rush. In the final 12 minutes, kicker Taylor Yancey sent an
18-yard field goal attempt through the uprights. Later, Berglund
threw another TD to receiver Christian McCaffrey for 63 yards.
Berglund finished with 281 passing yards and 53 rushing. Scott
rushed for 63 yards and McCaffrey had 53 on the ground and 85 in
the air. Keesen had 63 receiving yards, and Taylor Brown had
On defense, Andrew Pint had 13 total tackles, and A.J. Isenburg
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