Best football to watch for around the state
With time winding down and late fall approaching upon the regular season of high school football, there is beginning to be a sense of urgency around the state. Teams are trying to make their final push to capture conferences or earn important wins that will count for playoff points. College football is just beginning its conference season which has its own compelling story lines, as every win counts for so much. Here is a look of some of the best from around the state of Colorado.
Pueblo Centennial 33, Coronado 32
Coronado (0-6) was agonizingly close to its first win of the season, falling by one point at home to Pueblo Centennial (2-4). The Cougars took an 13-12 halftime lead, but couldn’t hold of a late fourth-quarter charge from Pueblo Centennial, who outscored Coronado 21-19 in the second half. The Cougars attempt to get their first win next week against Fountain-Fort Carson.
BEST OFFENSIVE PERFORMANCE
High School Offenses
Across the state, teams lit up the scoreboard this past weekend. There were 26 teams that scored at least 50 points. Leading the way is Dakota Ridge, who defeated Denver West 82-0 in a game in which the Eagles had 405 yards of total offense and held Denver West to -15 yards. Dakota Ridge didn’t waste anytime either as it led 56-0 at halftime.
Other high scoring games were Fossil Ridge and Thompson Valley’s 54-50 game in which the Eagles running back Dorian Brown had 444 yards rushing, but Thompson Valley still couldn’t earn its first win of the season.
The lower classes didn’t disappoint as Kit Carson defeated Vilas 70-62 in a high scoring 6-Man game.
BEST DEFENSIVE PERFORMANCE
ThunderRidge shutting out Highlands Ranch in the second half
Both Top 10 ranked teams by the Rocky Mountain News, ThunderRidge held a 20-14 halftime lead, but used a stingy second-half defensive performance to take down Highlands Ranch 33-14.
Crosstown rivals from the 5A Southern League, ThunderRidge held Highlands Ranch to 244 yards of total offense on 46 offensive plays.
BEST SPECIAL TEAMS PERFORMANCE
John Mosure, Colorado State
It would be easy to look at Colorado State’s 41-28 win over UNLV and assume the Rams rolled. But at a closer look, it took a touchdown run by Gartrell Johnson with 10 seconds left in the game to give the Rams a 35-28 lead. On the ensuing kickoff, Mosure recovered a fumble and ran it in from 9-yards out to grab the win for the Rams. Mosure, a backup running back, helped give CSU its first Mountain West win.
Eagle Valley 44, Moffat County 21
Simply put, Eagle Valley has struggled this season. The Devils lost to Olathe in the nonconference schedule before entering the toughest schedule in the Western Slope Conference against Glenwood Springs, Palisade and Steamboat Springs in three straight weeks. The three tough games in a row must have toughened the Devils because they took it out on Moffat County rushing to a 37-7 lead after three quarters. The Devils look to bounce back in the second half of the conference season taking on Delta, Montezuma-Cortez, Battle Mountain and Rifle in the final four games of the season.
BIGGEST GAME OF THIS WEEK
Central at Montrose
Montrose has been something of a mystery so far this season. After falling in its season opener to Glenwood Springs, the Indians have ripped off five straight wins against front range teams. In those games Montrose has not allowed more than nine points so they will present a stout defense against a
Central team that is looking to respond after a tough loss to Eaglecrest. The Warriors couldn’t find much offensive consistency until it was too late, making this a good matchup on both sides of the ball.