Football: Sanders again runs wild as Gateway tops Smoky Hill 42-28 for second straight win

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Gateway senior CJ Sanders (4) points to the sideline as teammate Anthony Byndem (11) cools him off after Sanders' tackle-breaking touchdown run in the fourth quarter of the Olympians' 42-24 victory over Smoky Hill High School on Sept. 25, 2015, at Stutler Bowl. Sanders rushed for four touchdowns and threw for another as coach Shane Ward's Gateway team won its second straight game to get to 2-2 overall and 2-0 in South Metro League play. The Buffs dropped to 1-4 overall and 0-2 in league play. (Photo by Courtney Oakes/Aurora Sentinel)
Gateway senior CJ Sanders (4) points to the sideline as teammate Anthony Byndem (11) cools him off after Sanders’ tackle-breaking touchdown run in the fourth quarter of the Olympians’ 42-24 victory over Smoky Hill High School on Sept. 25, 2015, at Stutler Bowl. Sanders rushed for four touchdowns and threw for another as coach Shane Ward’s Gateway team won its second straight game to get to 2-2 overall and 2-0 in South Metro League play. The Buffs dropped to 1-4 overall and 0-2 in league play. (Photo by Courtney Oakes/Aurora Sentinel)

GREENWOOD VILLAGE | Pressed into duty at quarterback, things weren’t always pretty for Gateway’s CJ Sanders Friday night.

But all in all it was a great night for the senior, who rushed for four touchdowns and threw for another after taking over for injured Xavier Delk late in the first quarter.

Sanders’ outburst — which came after he scored five times in the Olys’ win over Hinkley the previous week — plus a touchdown run by Delk and a tackle-breaking touchdown catch from Tommy Boles helped Gateway to a second straight victory after it snapped a 13-game losing streak.

Coach Shane Ward’s Olys improved to 2-2 and 2-0 in South Metro League play and turned the tables on a Smoky Hill team that won 48-14 in the 2014 meeting.

Junior quarterback Karson Avila rushed for two touchdowns and threw another to Maurice Wyatt for coach John Trahan’s Buffaloes, who dropped to 1-4 overall and 0-2 in league play.

Trahan said after the game that Smoky Hill had a variety of young players pressed into duty when a number of the team’s seniors didn’t take care of their business in the classroom.

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

GATEWAY 42, SMOKY HILL 24

Score by quarters:

Gateway      14    7   7  14 — 42

Smoky Hill   7  10   7   0 — 24

SCORING

First quarter

Gateway — Xavier Delk 3 yard run (Dylan Paulsen kick), 9:32

Gateway — CJ Sanders 1 yard run (Paulsen kick), 4:39

Smoky Hill — Maurice Wyatt 14 yard pass from Karson Avila (Evan McCleary kick), 1:01

Second quarter

Gateway — Tommy Boles 19 yard pass from Sanders (Paulsen kick), 9:06

Smoky Hill — Avila 9 yard run (McCleary kick), 4:47

Smoky Hill — McCleary 35 yard field goal, 50.8

Third quarter

Smoky Hill — Avila 17 yard run (McCleary kick), 5:39

Gateway — Sanders 3 yard run (Paulsen kick), 1:36

Fourth quarter

Gateway — Sanders 1 yard run (Paulsen kick), 9:18

Gateway — Sanders 40 yard run (