A-Town Game of the Week: Eaglecrest offense explodes again in 49-14 win over Rangeview

Eaglecrest junior Kenny Wantings, center, stiff-arms Rangeview defender Aaron Reed as he heads upfield during the second half of the Raptors’ 49-14 Mount Wilson League football win over the Raiders on Oct. 14, 2016, at Legacy Stadium. Wantings scored three touchdowns and the Raptors won the A-Town Game of the Week to stay unbeaten at 7-0. (Photo by Courtney Oakes/Aurora Sentinel)

AURORA | As the weeks go by in the 2016 season, the Eaglecrest football team looks more and more like a team built for the long haul in the upcoming state playoffs.

The Raptors put on another impressive display of offense, defense and special teams Friday night in the A-Town Game of the Week, pushing the only remaining unbeaten record in Class 5A football to 7-0 with a 49-14 Mount Wilson League victory over Rangeview at Legacy Stadium.

Junior quarterback Jalen Mergerson threw three touchdown passes, junior running back Kenny Wantings reached the end zone three times and junior Victor Garnes had an electrifying punt return for a touchdown as well as 5-yard ‘Superman’ leap across the goal line for a score in another highlight-filled victory for the Raptors.

Rangeview’s high-scoring offense was thwarted early by turnovers — including a ball stripped away from running back AJ Thomas just short of the end zone in the first quarter — but got on the scoreboard twice in the second half on long bombs from quarterback Jaelin Odegard to wide receiver Josh Hollins.

With touchdown catches of 91 and 80 yards, Hollins hauled in seven of Odegard’s nine completions and picked up 266 of his 292 yards passing for coach Justin Hoffman’s Raiders, now 2-5 overall and 0-2 in Mount Wilson League play.

The next A-Town Game of the Week has Doherty play Grandview at 8 p.m. Oct. 21 at Legacy Stadium. The game will be live streamed for free, presented by the Aurora Sentinel and StreamItSports.

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


Score by quarters:

Rangeview    0    0  8  6 — 14

Eaglecrest   28  14  0  7 — 49


Rangeview: AJ Thomas 11-26, Jaelin Odegard 7-17

Eaglecrest: Kenny Wantings 8-100, Jalen Mergerson 9-76, Jakai Thurmond 5-23, Theryne Sandoval-Jimenez 1-17, Victor Garnes 3-17, Sebastin Andujar 5-7, Corey Corbin 1-4, Jordan Jackson 1-4, Sam Onilenla 1-(minus 7)


Rangeview: Odegard 9-20, 292 yards, 2 touchdowns

Eaglecrest: Mergerson 10-12, 136 yards, 3 touchdowns


Rangeview: Josh Hollins 7-266, Josiah Allen-Clark 1-15, Alex Segura 1-11

Eaglecrest: Sandoval-Jimenez 5-54, Garnes 2-50, Connor Dietz 1-33, Wantings 2-28, Kyle Wagner 1-4