Fumbles cost Olathe in Class 2A quarterfinals
To put together a 25-game winning streak, Olathe knew exactly what it takes to win. On the other side of that, the Pirates have seen why teams lose.
Four Olathe fumbles gave Kent Denver good field position Saturday in the quarterfinals of the Class 2A playoffs, and the Sun Devils upset the Pirates 34-31.
“We know you have to play mistake-free football at this point,” Olathe coach Ryan Corn said. “We were putting the football on the ground too much.”
The Pirates struck first, with Pablo Payan scoring on a 57-yard touchdown run to put Olathe up 7-0. Kent Denver responded with a Jacques Bristow 70-yard reception, which was followed by a Garhett Jurgens 60-yard touchdown run for Olathe. The Sun Devils came right back with Sam Struna scoring on an 8-yard run.
By the end of the first quarter, Olathe had a 14-12 lead.
Kent Denver got the only score of the second quarter to go up 19-12 at halftime.
“We couldn’t get into an offensive rhythm,” Corn said. “They were good defensively.”
The Pirates found their rhythm in the third quarter, scoring 10 unanswered points to take a 24-19 lead.
Kent Denver again went to Bristow for a touchdown, this time from 21 yards out, to retake the lead.
Sun Devils running back Tyler Jackson added a 6-yard rushing touchdown in the fourth quarter to put Kent Denver up 34-24.
Dylan Markley scored Olathe’s final touchdown, but it wasn’t enough.
“The game came down to the mental mistakes,” Corn said. “But win, lose, or draw, you could see that the kids put everything on the field.”
Olathe’s Western Slope League rival, Aspen, nearly upset the No. 1-ranked team in 2A, but fell at home to Faith Christian, 26-20. The Skiers took a 13-0 lead in the first half, but gave up 26 unanswered points to the Eagles.
Aspen made a late comeback when Matt Holmes caught a touchdown with 12 seconds left to cut the score to 26-20. The Skiers’ ensuing onside kick was unsuccessful.
In Class 3A, Steamboat Springs was the lone Western Slope team to win Saturday, defeating Windsor 31-7.
Steamboat fell behind 7-0 in the first quarter but quarterback Austin Hinder found his groove in the second quarter, connecting with Dylan Pivarnik for an 8-yard touchdown. Four minutes later, Hinder connected with Jack Spady from 18 yards out to give Steamboat a 14-7 lead.
In the third quarter, Hinder scored on an 11-yard run. Joe Dover iced the game in the fourth quarter with a 14-yard run.
Steamboat plays at Pueblo Central next week.
Last year’s Class 3A champion, Glenwood Springs, was unable to defend its title, losing 51-28 at Valor Christian.
Valor Christian scored 21 points in the first quarter and added 14 more in the second quarter to take a 35-7 halftime lead. Josh Galvan scored Glenwood’s lone touchdown in the first half on a 35-yard reception from Luke Jacob.
In 8-man football, Norwood’s season came to an end, losing 42-12 to Dayspring Christian.