Second weekend of football produced a lot of admirable performances.
The second weekend of high school and college football in Colorado produced a lot of admirable performances by individuals and teams, whether it was Colorado State freshman kicker Ben Deline hitting a late field goal to get the Rams their first win, or Central High School taking care of Horizon 24-15 to earn its first win in Class 5A football. Here is a look at a few more top performances from around the state.
• Chatfield 34, Ponderosa 33
The Chargers always will have the argument that the kicking game is important. Chatfield relied on kicker Shay Borrego’s two extra points, one late in regulation and the other in overtime. Ponderosa was ranked No. 10 in the state by the Rocky Mountain News.
Best Passing Performance
• Jack White, Gateway
White had 290 yards on 14 completions and one touchdown in a 20-15 win over Rangeview. The Olympians’ senior had more than 300 yards in week one in a loss to Broomfield. Gateway hosts Central this weekend.
Best Running performance
• Kris Means, Mesa State
The fullback ran for 81 yards on two carries in the Mavericks’ 48-14 loss to Central Washington. Not the team’s top threat at running back, the sophomore fullback made the most of his opportunity rumbling 80 yards up the middle for Mesa’s first score of the day, outrunning the Central Washington defense. It was Means’ first collegiate touchdown.
Best Receiving Performance
• Blaine Jackson, Central
Jackson had four catches for 138 yards in the Warriors’ win over Horizon. Jackson scored two touchdowns, including a 32-yard reception from fellow receiver Clay Kame on a double pass. He also added a 57-yard kickoff return in the first half.
Best Defensive performance
• Colorado’s second-half defense
While the first half against Eastern Washington brought back memories of the Montana State debacle, the Buffs’ defense came to play when it needed to, holding the Eagles to three points in the second half and Cha’pelle Brown returned an interception 27 yards with under two minutes left in the fourth for what ended up being the winning score.
• Rifle 42, Moffat County 35
As it doesn’t exactly qualify as a big upset, Rifle going on the road to Moffat which is a tough place to play and getting the win says a lot about this Bears team. Especially after a 35-6 week one loss to Silver Creek at home and new Rifle head coach Bill Kucera running into health issues which has kept him from coaching. Former Bear running back and acting head coach Anthony Alfini led the team to its first win.
Best game of this weekend
• CSU-Pueblo at Fort Lewis
The Thunderwolves earned their first win in its short football history by defeating Oklahoma Panhandle State 24-13. This week they face Fort Lewis, a team coming off a 58-7 loss to Ouachita Baptist.