The Sentinel’s Best of Colorado Football

Forget the best of football in all of Colorado, because last weekend provided another top notch weekend here in the valley.

Leading the way has to be the 21-18 down to the wire game between Central and Fruita Monument, where the Warriors drove 97 yards to score the winning touchdown. Earlier that day, Grand Junction earned its first win over Skyline 30-21 with running back Jayke Brock topping the 200 yard mark. Mesa State College capped it off with a controlling performance over Fort Lewis Saturday night.

But either way, here is a look at the Best of Colorado Football for the last weekend in September.

Best Game

ThunderRidge 31, Ponderosa 28

A real solid game from the front range, where the Mustangs nearly overcame a 17-point halftime deficit to upset the Rocky Mountain News No. 9 ranked team, ThunderRidge. Ponderosa did hold a 28-24 lead in the fourth quarter before a Dave Arnold touchdown reception gave the Grizzles the win.

Best offensive performance

Maurice manley, Mesa state

After being held in check for the past couple weeks, Manley broke out for a solid four-catch game against Fort Lewis. Manley’s four receptions went for 83 yards, including the final touchdown of the first half when the 6-foot-4, 245-pound senior scored on a 9-yard pass from Phil Vigil. Manley currently has 18 catches this season for three TDs.

Best defensive performance


The previously undefeated Sailors were held to just 148 yards of total offense and were shut out in the first half. Steamboat quarterback Austin Hinder went 13 of 22 for only 85 yards as the Bulldogs kept Steamboat from getting the big play with wide receiver Alex Wood. Wood had four catches for 19 yards.

Best special teams performance

Dillon Marshall, Grand jct.

A linebacker by trait, Marshall has been consistent as the Tigers placekicker this season. Friday against Skyline the senior hit a 31-yard field goal to give Grand Junction an early lead. Marshall is also 5 for 6 on extra points in the last two games.

biggest upset

western st. 53, western n.M. 24

While this game is not a huge upset, it could be a bit of a statement game for the Mountaineers. Western State led 25-24 at halftime before exploding the second half and shutting out the Mustangs as they put up 28 points including two straight touchdowns to receiver Dusten Copeland from 64 yards and 69 yards out. Western State hosts Fort Lewis this week.

best game of this upcoming week

berthoud at fort morgan

This game will have a great deal amount of interest to the Western Slope teams. Berthoud is the defending state champion who hasn’t lost this season and is yet to relinquish its No. 1 ranking. The Spartans are taking on another top ten team in Fort Morgan whose tough defense is averaging a total of six points per game given up. Berthoud is averaging almost 40 points per game.


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