Gridiron roundup

Posted 10/4/10

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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Gridiron roundup


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 (3A)

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 for Evergreen.”

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 (4A)

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 touchdown pass.

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 62.

On defense, Andrew Pint had 13 total tackles, and A.J. Isenburg had 11.


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