AURORA | Valor Christian has begun to make the Class 5A state football playoffs look like the previous ones it had in lower classifications.

Winners of three consecutive state championships — one in 3A and the past two in 4A — the fourth-seeded Eagles claimed another victim on their first crack at the 5A postseason as they rolled past No. 20 Regis Jesuit 44-3 on Saturday at frigid Lou Kellogg Stadium.

Daryl Hawkins and Alex Ulmer scored two touchdowns apiece for Valor Christian, which beat Regis Jesuit for the second straight season and moved into a quarterfinal matchup against No. 5 Arapahoe, which took out No. 21 Horizon 17-14 on Friday. The Eagles also got 144 yards and touchdown passing from Luke Del Rio and 104 yards rushing from Christian McCaffrey as they improved to 9-2 overall.

Regis Jesuit, which upset No. 13 Gateway 15-14 in the first round, was plagued by a variety of turnovers and managed just a second-quarter field goal against a Valor Christian defense that held its opponent to single digits for the ninth consecutive contest.

The Raiders finished the season 5-6 overall.

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Score by quarters:

Valor Christian 0  24  13  7 — 44

Regis Jesuit       0    3    0  0 —   3


Second quarter

Valor Christian — Interception return (Brandon Spencer kick); Valor Christian — Christian McCaffrey 10 yard run (Spencer kick); Valor Christian — Spencer 20 yard field goal; Valor Christian — Alex Ulmer 5 yard pass from Luke Del Rio (Spencer kick); Regis Jesuit — Field goal

Third quarter

Valor Christian — Ulmer 30 yard run (2 point conversion failed); Valor Christian — Daryl Hawkins 5 yard run (Spencer kick)

Fourth quarter

Valor Christian — Hawkins 5 yard run (Spencer kick)

Courtney Oakes is sports Editor and photographer with Sentinel Colorado. A Denver East High School alum. He came to the Sentinel in 2001 and since then has received a number of professional awards from...

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