Sports: Football Roundup September 22, 2008

It was another exciting week of football in Colorado. The week began Thursday with Colorado’s 17-14 overtime upset of then-No. 21 West Virginia and ended with the Denver Broncos holding off the New Orleans Saints 34-32. In the high school ranks, there were big upsets, as Bear Creek, the 5A No.1 ranked team by the Rocky Mountain News, lost 41-31 in a shootout to Pomona.

Here is a highlight of some other top events from the past weekend.

Best game

Fruita Monument 18, Grand Junction 14

This was one of the Fruita vs. Junction rivalry games that will be remembered for a while. Grand Junction was coming off three weeks where it had lost by a combined 128-17. On the other side, Fruita was 2-1, had been running the ball well all season, and looked like was going to continue against Grand Junction when the Wildcats jumped out to 6-0 lead on running back Mike Campbell’s touchdown. That’s when something clicked for the Tigers as Jayke Brock scored on the ensuing drive on a 22-yard run. Brock ended the game with 144 yards rushing. The Tigers would add another score and carried a 14-12 lead into the fourth quarter, but the Wildcats had one last chance with 1:37 left and 78 yards to score. Fruita quarterback Brett Nankervis drove the Wildcats to Grand Junction’s 41-yard line, and with 14 seconds left, connected with tight end Scott Miller for a 41-yard score and the win.

Best offensive performance

Billy Farris, CSU

The Rams quarterback threw for 276 yards and two touchdowns in Colorado State’s 28-25 victory over the University of Houston. Farris, a senior, is a first-year starter and is completing nearly 70 percent of his passes this season. The Baton Rouge, LA native’s main target in the win over the Cougars was Dion Morton, who had five catches for 126 yards.

best defensive performance

Pine Creek’s statement game against Fountain Fort Carson

This was a 4A battle of two top-10 ranked teams. No. 7 Pine Creek sent a message Friday night, defeating the No. 3 Trojans 17-0. Besides posting a shutout, the Eagles held Fountain Fort Carson to only 123 yards of total offense and 1 for 8 on third down conversions. 

best special teams performance

Aric Goodman, Colorado

It is hard not to agree that the winning kick by the Buffs’ Goodman in overtime wasn’t the best special teams performance of the weekend. After West Virginia’s Pat McAfee missed a field goal on the Mountaineer’s possession, Goodman was calm and collected, knocking in a 25-yarder and sending Colorado to 3-0 heading into its matchup with Florida State.

Biggest upset

Conifer 21, Elizabeth 3

Conifer ranked No. 10 controlled its game with No. 9 Elizabeth, holding the Cardinals to 26 yards rushing and handing Elizabeth its first loss.

The win will bump the Lobos, whose only loss came in the first game to Glenwood Springs, up in the rankings as they take on Evergreen this week.

best game of this upcoming week

Steamboat Springs at Palisade

The Bulldogs have rolled to a 5-0 record, but have their biggest challenge of the year this week against the undefeated Steamboat Springs Sailors. 


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