Sentinel’s Best of Colorado football

Best Game

Basalt 22, Paonia 20, OT

• Class 1A Paonia has not been afraid to schedule 2A opponents. After losing to Grand Valley last week, the Eagles played extremely competitive with Basalt. Paonia entered the fourth quarter down 14-0 before Eagle’s running back Lucas Wiggins scored two touchdowns (1-yard and 61-yards) to send the game into overtime. In the extra period, the Longhorns scored first with Dillon Buck running it in from one yard out. Dalton Jacobson added the two point conversion. Wiggins scored on a 2-yard run but the Longhorn defense held strong on the two-point try.

Best offensive performance

Sean Hillman, Fruita

• Hillman, a fullback, exploded out of the middle of the line during Friday night’s 21-0 victory over Rangeview. The senior accounted for 146 yards on 19 carries as a part of Fruita’s triple option scheme. Hillman had open holes to rumble for carries of 17, 15, 13 and 11 yards. Hillman is second on the team in rushing with 246 yards.

Best Defensive performance

Arapahoe holds Overland

• Arapahoe earned its first victory of the season by defeating an Overland team that had not lost and was coming off of a big win against American Heritage, Fla. The Warriors did allow big yards on the ground giving up 331, but the key was Arapahoe’s domination of the passing game, Devon Connors threw for just 20 yards on 4 of 11 passing.

Best special teams performance

Jared Keating, Mesa State

• The preseason All-American had been fighting a leg injury but recovered to kick two important field goals in the Mavericks 34-27 win over New Mexico Highlands. Keating knocked it home from 40 yards and 32 yards.

Biggest upset

Pueblo Central 27, Falcon 10

• Falcon had been ranked No.7 by the Rocky Mountain News and was coming off of a year in which it went to the 3A state championship. Pueblo Central came into the game 0-2 losing to Centaurus and Woodland Park.

Best game of this upcoming week

West Virginia at Colorado

• Buffs coach Dan Hawkins is no fool. Colorado (2-0) enters this week home game against a top 25 team and is coming off a 12-day break. Regardless, the Buffs will have their hands full with the Mountaineers versatile athletes on offense and defense. It doesn’t get any easier for Colorado with three top notch teams as it takes on Florida State, Texas and Kansas in consecutive weeks.


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