Football: Regis Jesuit sets up showdown with unbeaten Columbine with win over Legacy

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Regis Jesuit defenders Ricky Munoz (6) and Alec Hamilton (57) combine to stop Legacy's Derek Coleman (87) at the end of the first half of the Raiders' 34-7 win over the Lightning in a Class 5A state football playoff second round game on Nov. 13, 2015 at Regis Jesuit High School. The Raiders advance to a quarterfinal matchup with No. 1 Columbine. (Photo by Gabriel Christus/Aurora Sentinel)
Regis Jesuit defenders Ricky Munoz (6) and Alec Hamilton (57) combine to stop Legacy’s Derek Coleman (87) at the end of the first half of the Raiders’ 34-7 win over the Lightning in a Class 5A state football playoff second round game on Nov. 13, 2015 at Regis Jesuit High School. The Raiders advance to a quarterfinal matchup with No. 1 Columbine. (Photo by Gabriel Christus/Aurora Sentinel)

AURORA | After two virtually carbon copy victories to open the Class 5A state football playoffs, Regis Jesuit now gets to take its shot at an uncommon win.

Seeded No. 2 in Region A of the 5A state bracket, the Raiders set up a showdown with top-seeded and unbeaten Columbine with a decisive 34-7 victory over third-seeded Legacy on Friday night at Lou Kellogg Stadium.

Legacy senior quarterback Matt Lynch (5) dives for Regis Jesuit High School senior Ryan Brown (10) after Brown intercepted Lynch's pass near the end of the first half of Class 5A state football second round playoff game on Nov. 13, 2015, at Regis Jesuit High School. Brown took the ball all the way back for a touchdown in the Raiders' 34-7 victory. (Photo by Gabriel Christus/Aurora Sentinel)
Legacy senior quarterback Matt Lynch (5) dives for Regis Jesuit High School senior Ryan Brown (10) after Brown intercepted Lynch’s pass near the end of the first half of Class 5A state football second round playoff game on Nov. 13, 2015, at Regis Jesuit High School. Brown took the ball all the way back for a touchdown in the Raiders’ 34-7 victory. (Photo by Gabriel Christus/Aurora Sentinel)

Senior running back Alec Barnes rushed for three touchdowns, quarterback Michael Pavlakovich threw a touchdown pass to Jack Weigand and defensive back Ryan Brown took an interception back for a score to pace Regis Jesuit, which improved to 9-2.

Coach Danny Filleman moved to 2-0 in the postseason with the Raiders, who will be the road team for a 5A quarterfinal matchup against 11-0 Columbine, which rolled past fourth-seeded Heritage 48-14.

With yet another outstanding effort, Regis Jesuit’s defense put the brakes on Legacy’s high-powered offense led by UCLA-bound quarterback Matt Lynch, keeping the Lightning off the scoreboard until garbage time in a 34-0 game.

Barnes went down with an injury in last season’s win over Rangeview, but returned with a vengeance against Legacy. His 1-yard touchdown run put Regis Jesuit ahead in the first quarter and he scored from 73 yards and 1 yard out in the third quarter.

Pavlakovich, who threw four touchdowns a week earlier, connected with Wiegand in the second quarter to expand the Raiders’ lead, then Brown capped the first half with an 85-yard interception return for a touchdown.

Courtney Oakes is Aurora Sentinel Sports Editor. Reach him at 303-750-7555 or [email protected] Twitter: @aurorasports. FB: Aurora Prep Sentinel

(2) REGIS JESUIT 34, (3) LEGACY 7

Score by quarters:

Legacy           0    0    7  0 —    7

Regis Jesuit  7  14  13   0 — 34

SCORING

First quarter

Regis Jesuit — Alec Barnes 1 yard run (George Maguire kick)

Second quarter

Regis Jesuit — Jack Weigand 13 yard pass from Michael Pavlakovich (Maguire kick)

Regis Jesuit —Ryan Brown 85 yard interception return (Maguire kick)

Third quarter

Regis Jesuit — Barnes 73 yard run (run failed)

Regis Jesuit — Barnes 1 yard run (Maguire kick)

Legacy — Derek Coleman 20 yard pass from Matt Lynch (Kyle Freeburg kick)