AURORA | On a collision course to meet in Week 3 of the prep football season, Eaglecrest and Grandview both posted impressive victories Friday night.
The city teams to end up in the win column on the night did so in different ways, but both got to 2-0 ahead of their Sept. 15 clash at Legacy Stadium.
Grandview’s defense continued to roll in a 34-0 victory on the road over Legacy, extending its shutout streak to seven quarters and scoring again itself to beat a Class 5A playoff team from last season.
Senior linebacker Luke LaFlam returned an interception 62 yards for a score in what would have stood up as all the points coach John Schultz’s Wolves would need as they followed up three scoreless quarters after yielding a touchdown to Chaparral in the season opener with four more against the Lightning (1-1) at the North Stadium.
In the backfield all night, Grandview held Legacy to minus-19 yards rushing and just 86 in the air.
The Wolves’ offense contributed plenty, however, as senior quarterback Kyle Smith tossed touchdown passes to senior Julius Carter Jr. and junior Dayne Prim and senior Aaron Harris and junior Jordan Billingsley rushed for scores in a thorough effort.
EAGLECREST 38, THUNDERRIDGE 13
Tied at 7-7 in the opening quarter, Eaglecrest ripped off 24 straight points to take command against visiting ThunderRidge at Legacy Stadium.
The Raptors earned their 12th consecutive regular season victory on the strength of senior quarterback Jalen Mergerson’s two touchdown passes and a rushing score and two rushing scores from senior Kenny Wantings.
Senior Victor Garnes caught a TD pass as did senior Theryne Sandoval-Jimenez, who also connected on a 23-yard field goal.
MULLEN 40, REGIS JESUIT 39
A week after an impressive performance to finish off Cherry Creek, Regis Jesuit let a double-digit lead slip away in the final minutes of a loss to parochial school rival Mullen at Lou Kellogg Stadium.
Coach Danny Filleman’s Raiders (1-1) went up 33-14 over the Mustangs (1-2) early in the fourth quarter and even led by as many as 13 points with four minutes left on Geno Macias’ long fumble return touchdown before yielding 14 points in the final minute.
Mullen turned an interception into a touchdown, recovered the ensuing onside kick and scored again with six seconds left, making the extra point to steal the victory.
Senior quarterback Justin Lamb threw two of his three touchdown passes to senior tight end Jake Heimlicher, while senior Aubrey Marschel-Parker also caught a TD and junior Kiahn Martinez rushed for one.
HINKLEY 28, THORNTON 18
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Senior running back Calvin Pope rushed for 170 yards and got into the end zone three times to help give head coach Michael Farda his first victory in Colorado.
Sophomore quarterback J.J. Lee also scored for Hinkley (1-1), which also got a few key turnovers in a fourth quarter that turned tight.
NORTHGLENN 31, AURORA CENTRAL 24
The Trojans fell to 0-2 with a seven-point loss to the Norse at 5-Star Stadium in Thornton.
Aurora Central got rushing touchdowns from junior Adonis Cannon and freshman Raymond Webster Jr., while junior Michael Thompson turned in a big defensive play with a 41-yard interception return for a touchdown.
Junior Osvaldo Portillo knocked through his only field goal attempt to round out the scoring for coach Jamarr Kerney’s Trojans.
MEAD 52, VISTA PEAK 13
The Bison got into a big hole before finally getting on the scoreboard in a road loss to a team that made it to last season’s Class 3A semifinals.
Senior Tyrese Bailey had a long touchdown run and senior quarterback Derrick Smashum threw a scoring strike to senior Dudley Conner IV in the fourth quarter for Vista PEAK (0-2).
Coach John Sullivan’s Bison had trouble stopping their opponents on the ground, as Mead rolled up nearly 300 yards rushing and four touchdowns.