Warriors can’t pull off playoff upset

BOULDER — The Central High School football team came 250 miles for Friday night’s state playoff game and didn’t want to leave without putting up a good fight.

The Warriors, seeded 31st in the 32-team Class 5A bracket, gave the second-seeded and undefeated Fairview Knights all they wanted before losing 21-7 in the first round of the postseason at Recht Field.

The Warriors tied the game with an 80-yard touchdown drive to start the second half, but that only seemed to light a fire under Fairview. The Knights responded with two TDs of their own before the third quarter ended.

“What we talked about all week was having a great effort, and we did that,”  Central coach Vern McGee said.  “I wish we could have played every game with this kind of effort.”

Quarterback Holden Reed proved tough for Fairview to handle, rushing for 83 yards and throwing for 78, although he was intercepted twice. A 42-yard run by Reed shortly after halftime was the big play in the drive that led to Central’s only score, a 10-yard run by Josh Buniger with 6:36 remaining in the third quarter.

Fairview came back with two long Ben Schumacher-to-Kenny Bell TD passes in that same quarter to account for the difference in the game.

With the victory, Fairview improved to 10-0 for the first time in school history.

“At halftime we were very pleased, but we just didn’t make the plays in the second half, and they did,”  McGee said. “That’s why they were 9-0, and now 10-0.”

Friday’s loss left Central with a final record of 4-6, three of those losses coming by margins of three points or less. Overall, the season was one of wild swings for the Warriors. Central won games by 35 and 36 points, lost games by 31 and 48, and played five other contests with margins of a touchdown or less.

Montrose 30, Durango 14: The seniors on the Montrose High School football team accomplished something special Friday night.

With the win over Durango, the Indians won their fourth straight Southwestern Conference championship.

“This group of seniors had a target on their back the whole year,” Montrose coach Todd Casebier said. “They won the conference when everyone is gunning for them and doing it when it was the best the league’s been in quite some time.”

Jordan Passehl scored a late first-half touchdown to give Montrose a 24-0 halftime lead. Passehl had 238 yards of rushing and ended with two touchdowns on the night.

Durango got touchdowns in the second half from Dillon Lammon and Gus Barnes, but it wasn’t enough as the Indians continue establishing their dynasty in the SWC.

Steamboat Springs won the Class 3A Western Slope Conference title by defeating last year’s state champion, Glenwood Springs, 30-21.

All the other games in the Class 3A WSC were blowouts, with Rifle shutting out Eagle Valley 57-0, Delta defeating Battle Mountain 61-16 and Moffat County dropping Montezuma-Cortez 57-20.

Olathe pushed its winning streak to 24 games as the Pirates end the regular season undefeated at 10-0 with a 56-14 win over Grand Valley. Olathe led 49-7 at halftime.

In the Class 2A Western Slope Conference, Aspen took care of Coal Ridge 54-0 and Gunnison defeated Basalt 37-36 in overtime.

This is the final weekend for the regular season, with the 4A, 3A, and 2A playoff brackets released Sunday.


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