AURORA | Joe Johnson’s first win as Cherokee Trail’s head football coach came complete with a shutout.
In their second game under their new head coach, the Cougars’ defense — which yielded 36 points a week earlier — swarmed all over the Denver East offense and also scored three times in a 33-0 victory in front of a large crowd at Legacy Stadium.
Cherokee Trail junior Dakota Rodriguez recovered a fumble in the end zone for the only score of the first half and senior Calvin Rodriguez grew the lead with a scoop and score early in the third quarter. The Cougars (1-1) cruised from there to beat the Angels (0-2) for the fourth straight season.
Junior Sean Roberts raced 36 yards on a fake punt in the third quarter for another Cherokee Trail touchdown, while the Cougars tacked on in the fourth quarter with a 65-yard interception return for a score from Dakota Rodriguez and short rushing touchdown by junior Dylan James.
James had a long touchdown run called back by penalty in the third quarter, but got into the end zone with just over two minutes remaining to provide the lone offensive score for Cherokee Trail.
On top of all the points it scored, the Cougars’ defense finished with its first shutout since a Week 3 blanking of Overland last season.
MOUNTAIN VISTA 52, RANGEVIEW 24
Rangeview’s defense continued to struggle in the second game of the new season, as it yielded 52 points to Mountain Vista a week after it surrendered 83 to Doherty.
The Raiders (0-2) came out swinging in their home debut at Aurora Public Schools Stadium with points on their first two offensive drives — a 42-yard touchdown pass from Jaelin Odegard to Dayzawn Jackson and Axel Lara’s 32 yard field goal — but watched the Golden Eagles (1-1) piled up 27 unanswered points in a seven-minute span between the first and second quarters.
Jackson caught his second TD pass from Odegard with just 25 seconds left in the opening half, but Mountain Vista got the touchdown back on the final play to take a 39-18 halftime lead.
Tristan Smith scored his fifth touchdown of the night in the third quarter for the Golden Eagles and a defensive score made it 52-18 before Odegard (178 yards passing) and Jackson (110 yards receiving) connected for a third time.
New Rangeview head coach Brandon Alconcel remains looking for his first victory.
HORIZON 40, OVERLAND 0
Overland fell to 1-1 on the season with a shutout loss to Horizon at Stutler Bowl.
Coach Steve Sewell’s Trailblazers managed just 111 yards of total offense against the Hawks (1-1) and surrendered a safety with just over three minutes remaining that invoked the 40-point running clock mercy rule.
A week after he piled up 271 yards against Denver East, senior running back Jaion Colbert had the lion’s share of Overland’s offensive output with 87 yards rushing.
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