Chaparral quarterback Kylan Wilson (5) eludes Eaglecrest’s Isaac Harris on a scramble during the fourth quarter of the Wolverines’ 35-21 win over the Raptors on Aug. 26, 2021, at EchoPark Stadium. (Photo by Courtney Oakes/Sentinel Colorado)

PARKER | The Eaglecrest football team gained some momentum before a lengthy lightning delay Friday night, but the Raptors ultimately couldn’t catch Chaparral in a 35-21 season-opening loss.

Coach Shawn Marsh’s Raptors cut a 14-point deficit in half just after halftime when junior Diego Cearns got loose off a 77-yard touchdown run, but lightning in the area of EchoPark Stadium forced a delay of nearly an hour.

Eaglecrest (ranked No. 8 in CHSAANow.com’s preseason coaches poll) had the ball going for the tying score when play resumed, but quarterback Jarod Fisher — who tossed a touchdown pass to junior Nick Cooper to open the scoring in the first half — had his pass in the flat picked off by Chaparral’s Otto Huffman, who took it back for a touchdown to restore the Wolverines’ 14-point edge.

Junior David Torres again pulled Eaglecrest within a touchdown when he had the road cleared in front of him by Braden Miller and others and burst up the middle to the end zone with two minutes gone in the final quarter.

Chaparral quarterback Kylan Wilson answered with his fourth touchdown pass of the night, however, to give the Wolverines some insurance.

Eaglecrest will look to even its record against Overland — which plays its opener Friday night — at 7 p.m. Sept. 3 at Legacy Stadium.

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

CHAPARRAL 35, EAGLECREST 21

Score by quarters:

Eaglecrest  7    0  7  7 — 21

Chaparral   7  14  7  7 — 35