Football: Capsule look at Horizon vs. Rangeview

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CLASS 5A FIRST ROUND STATE PLAYOFF MATCHUP

N0. 21 HORIZON (6-3) vs. NO. 12 RANGEVIEW (6-3) 

Nov. 2, Aurora Public Schools Stadium, 6 p.m.

BREAKDOWN: According to team records, Rangeview and Horizon have played each other twice, with both teams winning once. Rangeview head coach Dave Gonzales picked up a 53-14 victory over Horizon in his first game on the job in 2003. …RANGEVIEW: Rangeview has the longest winning streak of any of the seven Aurora teams in this season’s Class 5A state playoffs, sporting a six-game run that began on the heels of an 0-3 start. All three of the non-league losses came to teams currently in the playoffs — No. 20 Regis Jesuit, No. 5 Arapahoe and No. 24 Fairview. The Raiders closed the regular season with a 38-35 victory over feisty Denver East, a victory that secured the Aurora League championship, the third league crown in as many seasons for the program. …Rangeview junior quarterback Darien Odegard plays in his second playoff game after coming on as a replacement in last season’s first round loss to Cherry Creek. Odegard has thrown for 1,056 yards and eight touchdowns and rushed for 504 yards and seven more scores thus far on the season. Armon Brown is again the team’s leading rusher with 770 yards and 11 touchdowns, including five games with two scores each. Trey Nubine (382 yards), Arealous Hughes (361 yards) and Dezant Burks (109 yards) have emerged as strong targets to Odegard this season. …HORIZON: Horizon — which lost in the second round of last season’s 5A playoffs to eventual runner-up Lakewood — has won four of its past five games, with the only loss coming by three points to playoff qualifier Fort Collins. …The Hawks have averaged 33.4 points in the final games and thrive on an aerial attack engineered by Auston Stackhouse, who has thrown for 1,340 yards and 17 touchdowns in 2012. Dustin Rivas is clearly Horizon’s go-to receiver, as he racked up 666 yards receiving with eight touchdowns — plus four interceptions on defense. On the ground, Dante Chand has rushed for 585 yards, but 256 of them came in the Hawks’ season finale against Fossil Ridge. Defensively, Gunnar Campbell has eight of the team’s 21 sacks. …The winner plays either No. 5 Arapahoe or No. 28 Heritage in the second round.

Reach Sports Editor Courtney Oakes at [email protected] or 303-750-7555

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