Horizon running back Jurrien Brooks, left, slips out of the tackle of Rangeview safety DeMario Williams (20) on his way to a big gain in the second half of the Hawks’ 43-22 win over the Raiders on Sept. 2, 2021, at Aurora Public Schools Stadium. (Photo by Courtney Oakes/Sentinel Colorado)

AURORA | In the final minute of the opening half of Thursday night’s contest against Horizon, the Rangeview football team needed one last defensive stand to take the lead into halftime.

The Raiders couldn’t stop the Hawks, however, who scored with just 16 seconds left in the opening half to grab a one-point advantage at the break going into the lockerroom at Aurora Public Schools Stadium.

Horizon would do nothing but build on that advantage in the second half with 20 more unanswered points — many thanks to two Rangeview fumbles deep in its own territory — for a 43-22 victory in a matchup of teams both seeking their first wins of the season.

After a prolific offensive first half that saw three of their four drives results in touchdowns — two by junior Armani Patterson and one for senior Donavon Cooks — coach Mike Holmes’ Raiders were limited to just 59 yards on four second half possessions and kept off the scoreboard to fall to 0-2.

Rangeview’s chief concern in the second half was trying to stop Horizon running back Jurrien Brooks, who racked up 193 yards and scored three touchdowns in the game, including two in less than minutes in the fourth quarter that pushed the lead from seven points to 21.

The Raiders got on the scoreboard first with a 77-yard scoring drive that ended in Cooks’ 4-yard touchdown run and also drove 68 and 72 yards on subsequent drives that resulted in touchdowns of 27 and 7 yards by Patterson, the last coming with just 1:16 left in the opening half. The Raiders saw Horizon go 53 yards in less than a minute to answer, however.

Rangeview would have only one other potential scoring drive in the final half, which came early in the fourth quarter and began with a 48-yard run from Cooks. The series ended up with a turnover on downs, however, as quarterback Kiaorie Stewart-Ricks was brought down short of the line to gain on a fourth down rush.

The Raiders take their home field at APS Stadium again at 1 p.m. Sept. 11 against Castle View, which is 1-0 ahead of its Week 2 contest.

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


Score by quarters:

Horizon        6  17  6  14 — 43

Rangeview  15   7   0   0 — 22