Football: Cherokee Trail a little rough around edges, but routs Denver East 46-12

Cherokee Trail-Denver East Football, 9.6.14
Cherokee Trail lineman Malcolm Burleson Jr. (56) celebrates after scooping up a blocked punt and scoring a short touchdown in the second quarter of the Cougars’ 46-12 non-league football win over Denver East on Sept. 6, 2014, at Denver’s All-City Stadium. (Photo by Courtney Oakes/Aurora Sentinel)

DENVER | The details might have been a little fuzzy, but the big picture of the Cherokee Trail football team’s decisive victory over Denver East Saturday looked pretty good.

Though coach Monte Thelen had plenty of small mistakes to point out in the aftermath of a lengthy, uneven contest at All-City Stadium, the Cougars on the whole dominated from start to finish in a 46-12 non-league victory.

Senior Izaiah Lottie rushed for 120 yards and two touchdowns, senior Arsean Wilbon scored on both sides of the football and the defense made four interceptions against four Angels quarterbacks and forced six turnovers as Cherokee Trail posted its second straight quality victory ahead of a short week with a matchup against Regis Jesuit awaiting on Thursday.

Sophomore quarterback Conner Nantkes threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to senior Jason Thompson to kick off the scoring and the Cougars proceeded to put up the first 39 points of the contest.

Wilbon and Quincey Voss rushed for touchdowns in the second quarter and defensive lineman Marcus Burleson Jr. recovered a blocked punt and returned it for a short touchdown for a 26-0 Cherokee Trail advantage at halftime.

Lottie — who ran hard all game long and dished out punishment to would-be-tacklers — converted a fumble recovery on the first play of the third quarter into a 3 yard touchdown and also got into the end zone untouched on a 12-yard run later in the period to take command.

Wilbon’s 20-yard interception return for a score came in between a pair of acrobatic touchdown catches for Denver East’s Jordan Willis.

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Score by quarters:

Cher. Trail     7   19   13    7 — 46

Denver East  0    0     6    6 — 12


First quarter

Cherokee Trail — Jason Thompson 13 yard pass from Conner Nantkes (kick failed), 4:57

Second quarter

Cherokee Trail — Arsean Wilbon 17 yard run (Ethan Muller kick), 9:48

Cherokee Trail — Quincey Voss 8 yard run (Muller kick), 4:13

Cherokee Trail — Malcolm Burleson Jr. 10 yard punt block return (kick failed)

Third quarter

Cherokee Trail — Izaiah Lottie 3 yard run (Muller kick), 11:19

Cherokee Trail — Lottie 12 yard run (kick failed), 6:12

Denver East — Jordan Willis 8 yard pass from Deron Harrell (kick failed), 2:44

Fourth quarter

Cherokee Trail — Wilbon 20 yard interception return (Ryan Sullivan kick), 7:1

Denver East — Willis 22 yard pass from John Sunn (run failed), 1:56


Denver East: Michael Kouba 8-26, Keishon Baker 3-15, Mike Ferrini 6-15, Wesley Ogsbury 5-12, De’tuan Williams 1-2, Deron Harrell 3-(minus 9)

Cherokee Trail: Izaiah Lottie 23-120, Quincey Voss 6-35, Arsean Wilbon 2-23, Conner Nantkes 6-(minus 6)


Denver East: Kouba 10-20, 94 yards, 2 interceptions; Harrell 5-6, 55 yards, 1 touchdown, 1 interception; Holden Nicoletti 2-3, 13 yards, 1 interception; John Sunn 3-4, 49 yards, 1 touchdown

Cherokee Trail: Nantkes 6-12, 99 yards, 1 touchdown


Denver East: Ogsbury 9-122, Harrell 6-72, Ferrini 1-9, Williams 1-4, Jalen Moore 1-3, Baker 1-0

Cherokee Trail: Ronnie Barfield 1-38, Kamal Howard 2-32, Jason Thompson 2-19, Lottie 1-10