Football: Vista PEAK rises over Dakota Ridge in meeting of unbeatens


AURORA | The Vista PEAK football team’s main goal coming into the 2019 season was to get the program into the postseason for the first time.

While there is still half the season remaining, it looks as though the Bison should raise that bar a lot higher than just getting there.


Against its stiffest challenge of the season thus far, there was no stopping Vista PEAK Thursday night at Aurora Public Schools Stadium in a 48-27 Homecoming victory over previously undefeated Dakota Ridge that produced the program’s first-ever 5-0 start.

Coach John Sullivan’s Bison avenged a five-point loss to the Eagles last season with an effort keyed by a 28-point explosion in the second quarter that helped them break the 40-point mark for the fifth time in as many games.

Vista PEAK’s previous games had included a lot of scoring on the ground, but the Bison rushed for just one touchdown this time. That’s because junior quarterback Victor Owens — who had that rushing touchdown — racked up five touchdown passes (to five different receivers) and senior Zack Whitworth contributed a defensive touchdown on a return.

Owens finished with a season-high 218 yards passing and connected with Kai Bocalbos, Roman Calzada, Ja’derris Carr, Kyshaun Green and Dylan Jackson for touchdown passes. Carr found it tougher going on the ground than usual (33 yards), but he racked up 112 yards receiving on just three catches, taking the longest 73 yards for a touchdown.

Next up for Vista PEAK is a matchup against another Aurora team that is currently undefeated — Hinkley, which tries to get to 5-0 with a Saturday contest against George Washington — that is scheduled for 7 p.m. Oct. 11 at APS Stadium.

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


Score by quarters:

Dakota Ridge    0    7  14  6 — 27

Vista PEAK        7  28  13  0 — 48