GREENWOOD VILLAGE | The Regis Jesuit football team couldn’t be the one to put an end to Cherry Creek’s Class 5A three-peat quest.
The Raiders were motivated by a regular season loss to the two-time defending state champion Bruins and came into Friday night’s quarterfinal matchup at Stutler Bowl fresh off a cathartic victory over nemesis Pomona.
Seventh-seeded Regis Jesuit managed to slow, but couldn’t halt second-seeded Cherry Creek, which captured a 28-7 victory and a spot in the semifinals against the winner of Saturday’s contest between No. 6 Arapahoe and No. 3 Legend.
Coach Danny Filleman’s Raiders finished the season 8-4 with all four losses coming to the top three seeds in the tournament (two to Cherry Creek and one to No. 1 Valor Christian and No. 3 Legend). Regis Jesuit sought just its third trip to the 5A semifinals since 1990 after advancing to that round in 2016 and 2010, when it made the state championship game.
The Bruins, meanwhile, stretched their postseason winning streak to nine games dating back to a loss in the championship game of the 2018 state playoffs as coach Dave Logan’s team rushed for four touchdowns, while it allowed Regis Jesuit only a fourth-quarter D’Andre Barnes touchdown.
Regis Jesuit found itself down 14-0 at halftime in a game in which it had some success with junior quarterback Exander Carroll running an up-tempo offense, but came away without any points to show for it.
Meanwhile, the Raiders’ defense allowed a touchdown drive to the Bruins on their first possession — where Cherry Creek quarterback Christian Hammond evaded an almost sure sack for a 31-yard completion that set up his own touchdown on a short sneak.
The Bruins got on the scoreboard again with just 1:12 left in the opening half to make it a 14-point margin at the break.
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2021 CLASS 5A STATE QUARTERFINAL
(2) CHERRY CREEK 28, (7) REGIS JESUIT 7
Score by quarters:
Regis Jesuit 0 0 0 7 — 7
Cherry Creek 7 7 7 7 — 28
Cherry Creek — Christian Hammond 1 yard run (Boden Page kick), 6:56
Cherry Creek — Arlon Boyd 4 yard run (Page kick), 1:12
Cherry Creek — Carlson Tann 8 yard run (Page kick)
Cherokee Trail — Boyd 6 yard run (Page kick), 9:10
Regis Jesuit — D’Andre Barnes 3 yard run (Ty Murphy kick), 5:39
Regis Jesuit: Zavier Carroll 11-71, Exander Carroll 13-51, Anthony Medina 11-23, D’Andre Barnes 3-20, Dallas Macias 1-5
Cherry Creek: Carlson Tann 9-57, Arion Boyd 11-55, Jordan Herron 8-42, Christian Hammond 6-34
Regis Jesuit: Exander Carroll 11-17, 86 yards, 1 interception; Brandon Severns 3-7, 31 yards
Cherry Creek: Hammond 8-13, 92 yards
Regis Jesuit: Barnes 3-36, Dervin Taylor III 4-27, Andrew Metzger 3-25, Luke Ford 3-18, Hayden Moore 1-11
Cherry Creek: Kyair Johnson 3-48, Ismael Cisse 3-27, Mac Smith 1-13, Ky Oday 1-5