Cherokee Trail’s Peyton Sommers (16) and Weston Gomez (13) celebrate in the end zone after Sommers’ touchdown catch in the third quarter of the Cougars’ 27-13 Week 4 non-league football win over Fort Collins on Sept. 16, 2022, at Legacy Stadium. (Photo by Courtney Oakes/Sentinel Colorado)

AURORA | Locked in a low-scoring battle with Fort Collins Friday night at Legacy Stadium, things changed quickly in favor of the Cherokee Trail football team.

Coach Justin Jajczyk’s Cougars scored back-to-back touchdowns in short order in the third quarter and tallied 20 unanswered in the pivotal stretch of the game to come away with a 27-13 victory that evened their record at 2-2.

Sophomore Noah Collins finished with 111 yards rushing and scored a two-yard touchdown to break the tie midway through the third quarter and sophomore Eliot Ming connected with sophomore Peyton Sommers on a 25-yard touchdown pass seconds later after a turnover as the Cougars quickly gained separation from the Lambkins (1-3)

Senior defensive back Kalib Davis had a 39-yard interception return early in the fourth quarter to give Cherokee Trail a 20-point lead that gave it plenty of cushion to absorb a late Fort Collins touchdown.

Ming finished with 159 yards passing and also had a 10-yard touchdown pass to senior Noah Greer in the second quarter for the Cougars, who were stopped on a fourth-and-goal at Fort Collins’ 3-yard line earlier in the period.

Cherokee Trail closes out non-league play with a 7 p.m. Sept. 23 game at Legacy Stadium against Castle View (1-3).

Courtney Oakes is Sentinel Colorado Sports Editor. Reach him at [email protected] Twitter: @aurorasports. IG: Sentinel Prep Sports

CHEROKEE TRAIL 27, FORT COLLINS 13

Score by quarters:

Fort Collins      0  7    0  6 — 13

Cherokee Trail  0  7  13  7 — 27

SCORING

Second quarter

Fort Collins — Nicky Maguire 16 yard pass from Ez Campos (Joel Lopez kick)

Cherokee Trail — Noah Greer 10 yard pass from Eliot Ming (Nate Gilmore kick)

Third quarter

Cherokee Trail — Noah Collins 2 yard run (kick blocked)

Cherokee Trail — Peyton Sommers 25 yard pass from Ming (Gilmore kick)

Fourth quarter

Cherokee Trail — Kalib Davis 39 yard interception return (Gilmore kick)

Fort Collins — Maguire 21 yard pass from Griffin Daknis (kick failed)

 

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