LAKEWOOD | Overland scored first and last in the opening round of the Class 5A football playoffs Thursday evening at Jeffco Stadium.
The problem for the Trailblazers was what happened between the bookend touchdowns. No. 1 seed and undefeated Columbine defeated No. 8 seed Overland for the second time this season with a 48-13 victory to move the Rebels into the second round. The Rebels blanked coach Seth Replogle’s Trailblazers — who finished the season 3-7 — 28-0 early in the season.
Columbine (10-0) scored 48 unanswered points after Trailblazers senior quarterback Ray Rountree connected with senior Chris Jones on a 62-yard touchdown pass on Overland’s opening drive to give the visitors a 7-0 lead.
The Rebels racked up 379 yards rushing against Overland’s defense. Junior Mikey Griebel led the way with 21 carries for 150 yards, while adding a 41-yard touchdown catch from quarterback Jake Lowry on Columbine’s lone pass completion of the night.
Griebel scored four touchdowns. Senior Tommy Gillman added a pair of touchdowns on the ground and senior Angelo Romero gave the Rebels a defensive score on an interception of Rountree that was returned for a touchdown on the second play from scrimmage of the third quarter to put Columbine up 41-7.
Overland was held to 198 yards of total offense. Rountree finished 6-for-15 through the air for 112 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions. After a good start with a long touchdowns pass to Jones, Rountree had a rough go of things while getting sacked four times. Sophomore running back Jaion Colbert had 16 carries for 37 yards and senior Tremaine Roles added 26 yards on four carries.
A 15-yard touchdown run by Gillman on the final play of the third quarter induced the running clock mercy-rule with the Rebels leading 48-7.
Sophomore Cameron Murray finished up the game under center for the Trailblazers and scored on a 1-yard touchdown run on the final play from scrimmage to make the final score 48-13. Murray had five carries for 26 yards, all in the final quarter.
COLUMBINE 48, OVERLAND 13
Score by quarters:
Overland 7 0 0 6 — 13
Columbine 14 20 14 0 — 48
Overland — Chris Jones 62 yard pass from Ray Rountree (Sam Gendelman kick), 8:25
Columbine — Mikey Griebel 1 yard run (Easton Hartman kick), 5:27
Columbine — Griebel 6 yard run (Hartman kick), :53
Columbine — Griebel 41 yard pass from Jake Lowry (Hartman kick), 9:25
Columbine — Tommy Gillman 6 yard run (pass fail), 4:46
Columbine — Griebel 5 yard run (Hartman kick), 3:40
Columbine — Angelo Romero 35 yard interception return (Hartman kick), 11:36
Columbine — Gillman 15 yard run (Hartman kick), :00
Overland — Cameron Murray 1 yard run (run fail), :55