AURORA | Add another thrilling chapter to the recent football rivalry between Eaglecrest and Grandview.
Friday night’s Class 5A second round state playoff game — the second straight season in which the Raptors and Wolves met in the postseason and the third time they’d squared off in the past calendar year — was as filled with drama.
Eaglecrest countered the disappointment of last season’s quarterfinal loss with the joy of a 28-21 overtime victory over Grandview at Legacy Stadium. The 10th-seeded Raptors moved into the quarterfinals for the fourth straight season — under a third head coach in the that span in Shawn Marsh — and will play No. 2 Ralston Valley for a spot in the semifinals.
A 7-7 game after three quarters saw a combined 35 points scored in the fourth quarter and overtime, with senior quarterback Max Marsh’s third-down touchdown pass — his fourth score of the game — to senior Jalen Stewart standing up for Eaglecrest (9-3). The Raptors denied the tying score for the Wolves on a fourth-down pass breakup in the end zone.
Coach John Schultz’s Grandview team — who won the regular season meeting between the teams by 14-11 count — finished 8-3.
Eaglecrest seemed to have the game in hand after senior quarterback Max Marsh raced 60 yards for a touchdown for the lead and junior Ty Robinson made a highlight reel interception on a throwaway from Grandview junior quarterback Jacob Burr inside the final two minutes.
But Eaglecrest couldn’t get the first down to seal the game and left the door open, which the Wolves kicked in quickly.
Junior Colton Martin blocked the Raptors’ punt and the Wolves needed just two plays to get the tying touchdown when Burr hooked up with junior tight end Noah Salazar on a 15-yard strike with 1:06 remaining in regulation.
Eaglecrest had the first possession in overtime and took advantage with Marsh finding senior Jalen Stewart for a touchdown on a clutch third down play. Grandview’s possession got set back by a chop block penalty on first down and ended when Burr’s pass intended for senior Jordan Smith got batted down in his jostled with Eaglecrest’s Langston Williams in the end zone.
The late fireworks began with Marsh’s touchdown pass to Kobe Williams, which Grandview countered with a 1-yard plunge by junior Noah Schmidt (who had 160 yards rushing) and was followed by Marsh’s 59-yard touchdown run that set up the final dramatics.
The first half consisted of just two scores, a 2-yard plunge by Burr for Grandview in the opening quarter and Marsh’s 52-yard touchdown pass to Robinson in the second quarter.
Courtney Oakes is Sentinel Colorado Sports Editor. Reach him at 303-750-7555 or [email protected] Twitter: @aurorasports. IG: Sentinel Prep Sports
(10) EAGLECREST 28, (7) GRANDVIEW 21 (OT)
Score by quarters:
Eaglecrest 0 7 0 14 7 — 28
Grandview 7 0 0 14 0 — 21
Grandview — Jacob Burr 2 yard run (Ben Beckman kick), 1:12
Eaglecrest — Ty Robinson 52 yard pass from Max Marsh (kick good), 11:50
Eaglecrest — Kobe Williams 8 yard pass from Marsh (kick good), 10:20
Grandview — Noah Schmidt 1 yard run (Beckman kick), 6:51
Eaglecrest — Marsh 59 yard run (kick good), 6:34
Grandview — Noah Salazar 15 yard pass from Burr (Beckman kick), 1:06
Eaglecrest — Jalen Stewart 8 yard pass from Marsh (kick good)