GREENWOOD VILLAGE | Every week, Grandview football coach John Schultz simply says he wants his team to get better.
The Wolves, ranked No. 2 in the most recent Class 5A Associated Press poll, most definitely were at their best Friday night at Stutler Bowl when they handled No. 7 Cherry Creek 24-6 to disappoint a massive Homecoming crowd.
Grandview improved to 7-0 overall — joining Mountain Vista, Ralston Valley and Fairview as 5A’s lone remaining unbeatens — and moved to 3-0 in the Centennial League with two games remaining.
Senior quarterback Cody Summers rushed for 80 yards and a touchdown and threw a touchdown pass to Morgan Smith, Aiden Pirrin connected on a short field goal and Keifer Glau recovered a blocked punt in the fourth quarter for a special teams touchdown for the Wolves, who avenged a 21-0 loss to the Bruins (4-3, 2-1) last season.
Cherry Creek hadn’t allowed a point in its last three games and outscored Grand Terrace, California, Cherokee Trail and Overland by a combined total of 95-0, but turned the ball over early in the first quarter to see its defense lose its scoreless streak on a Pirrin field goal.
Summers ran for a touchdown and hit Smith with one in the second quarter to build the lead to 17-6 and Glau’s recovery in the end zone — following Carter Boswell’s block — put the finishing touches on Grandview’s victory.
The Wolves’ defense made Cherry Creek running back Milo Hall work for every yard he picked up and held the Bruins below double figures for the first time in their past 33 games stretching back to a 35-7 loss to Cherokee Trail on Oct. 21, 2011.
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(2) GRANDVIEW 24, (7) CHERRY CREEK 6
Score by quarters:
Grandview 3 14 0 7 — 24
Cherry Creek 6 0 0 0 — 6
Grandview: Cody Summers 16-80, Chukwuma Obinnah 14-63, Austin Quarles 1-5, Ben Marshall 3-1
Grandview: Summers 10-19, 102 yards, 1 touchdown, 1 interception
Grandview: Keifer Glau 1-28, Morgan Smith 4-20, Brandon Brooks 1-17, Obinnah 1-15, Jalin Bishop 2-15, Marshall 1-7