Falcon 41, Sand Creek 14
At Falcon: Keenan Britton scored three touchdowns and Kalen Ballage had two as Falcon remained unbeaten with a victory over Sand Creek (2-3, 0-2 4A Pikes Peak League).
The Falcons improved to 5-0 overall and 2-0 in league play.
“So far our kids have done a great job answering the bell and doing what the coaching staff has asked of them,” Falcon coach Trevor Hudson said. “But we have a philosophy of one game at a time so now all of our focus is on Pine Creek, who we play next week.”
Britton finished with 138 yards on 22 carries, while Ballage had four catches for 100 yards. Quarterback Adam Montelongo threw for 116 yards and three touchdowns.
Sand Creek scored first on a 10-yard touchdown pass by Micheal DeCarmo with 8 minutes remaining in the first quarter. Falcon answered less than a minute later as Ballage broke through for a 64-yard touchdown run.
The Falcons broke the game open in the second quarter with two Britton touchdown runs and a 34-yard scoring pass from Montelongo to Eric Robinson.
Britton added a third TD in the third quarter and Ballage caught a 9-yarder from Montelongo in the fourth.
Pine Creek 37, Liberty 14
At Liberty: Pine Creek ended its early season misery, shaking off an 0-4 start to pound Liberty (3-2, 1-1 4A Pikes Peak League).
Pine Creek (1-4, 1-1) opened its season with one of the state’s most challenging schedules, squaring off against teams that had an aggregate 14-3 record coming into Friday.
Pine Creek left nothing to chance against Liberty, rushing for three touchdowns and scoring a safety in the first quarter. A 16-yard TD run by Austin Schultz, his second of the game, gave the Eagles a 30-6 lead heading into halftime.
Ponderosa 30, Vista Ridge 7
At Vista Ridge: Corry Williams scored four touchdowns as Ponderosa (5-0, 2-0 4A Pikes Peak League) defeated Vista Ridge (4-1, 1-1).
The defenses dominated in the first half, as a 2-yard run by Ponderosa’s Corry Williams with 2 minutes remaining broke the scoreless tie. Williams added another TD run halfway through the third quarter. A turnover on the ensuing possession gave Ponderosa the ball on the Vista Ridge 30, resulting eventually in a 17-yard field goal by Colby Ongna and a 17-0 lead for the Mustangs.
Williams added touchdown runs in the third and fourth quarter.
Rampart 26, Air Academy 10
At Air Academy: Big plays lifted Rampart (2-3, 1-1 4A Pikes Peak League) to a victory over Air Academy (1-4, 0-2).
After opening the scoring with a 5-yard touchdown pass from Travis Knoche to Donovan Oldham, the Rams closed the first quarter with a 79-yard interception return for a touchdown by Marcus Mason.
In the third quarter, Elijah Bennett broke a 65-yard TD run and in the fourth Knoche connected with Clark Jones on a 75-yard pass.
Lewis-Palmer 54, Harrison 19
At Lewis-Palmer: Christian Abbatiello, Nate Conner and Sean Grundman each scored twice as Lewis-Palmer (2-3) rolled past Harrison (0-5).
Abbatiello scored on runs of 1 and 5 yards as the Rangers went up 21-0 in the first quarter. By halftime, the gap was 35-6.
Grundman finished with 159 yards on just eight carries, while Ricky Anderson added 108 yards on 17 carries as Lewis-Palmer ball-carriers combined for 399 yards.
Canon City 14, Pueblo Centennial 13
At Canon City: Canon City (4-1, 1-1 4A Foothills League) scored twice in the final seven minutes to notch a comeback victory over Pueblo Centennial (2-3, 0-2).
Pueblo Centennial’s Avery Currington had a 12-yard touchdown run in the first quarter and connected with Sam Duden on an 85-yard touchdown pass early in the fourth quarter. The extra point on the second was missed.
It proved costly.
Austin Douglas scored on a 5-yard TD run with seven minutes remaining to cut the gap to 14-7. Five minutes later, another Tiger TD run – with a successful conversion – proved to be the game-winner.
St. Mary’s 33, Alamosa 28
At Alamosa: Ben Breier rushed for 238 yards and two touchdowns to rally St. Mary’s (3-2, 1-2 2A Tri-Peaks League) past Alamosa (1-4, 0-3).
Logan Elliott rushed for a touchdown and passed for another, but St. Mary’s went into intermission with a 14-12 deficit.
Breier ran for his first TD in the third quarter, and then Elliott and Breier each scored early in the fourth as the Pirates took a 33-14 lead. Alamosa answered with a touchdown with 3:30 remaining and another less than a minute later but could not complete the comeback.
Legend 22, Doherty 10
At Doherty: Legend (3-2, 2-0 5A Pioneer League) overcame a 10-point deficit to defeat Doherty (0-5, 0-3).
A 5-yard touchdown run by Brandon Supernaw and a field goal gave Doherty a 10-0 lead at the intermission.
Legend roared back with a pair of long touchdown runs in the third quarter, the first a 60-yarder by Nicholas Evdos and the second covering 77 yards by Connor Orgill. The Titans added a 33-yard touchdown pass from Peyton Remy to Adam Ausmus in the fourth quarter.
Burlington 57, Calhan 6
At Calhan: Cole Ridnour rushed for 74 yards and Eloy Sandoval added 72 to lead Burlington (2-3, 1-1 1A South Central League) over Calhan (0-5, 0-3).
Seven ball carriers combined for 279 yards for the Bulldogs, who led 43-0 at halftime.
Palmer Ridge 21, Widefield 7
At Widefield: Palmer Ridge (1-4, 1-1 4A Foothills League) notched its first win of the season with a victory over Widefield (0-5, 0-2).
Discovery Canyon 16, Sand Creek 0
At Discovery Canyon: Discovery Canyon locked up the 4A Metro League regular-season championship with a 16-0 victory over Sand Creek (3-16, 0-7).
The Thunder finished its league schedule with a perfect 7-0 record (15-3 overall).
“I’m really proud of our girls and really proud of our program,” Discovery Canyon coach Tanya Ramsay said.
It was the second straight league title for the Thunder and the fourth in the program’s six-year history.
“It speaks volumes about our team and our school,” Ramsay said. “We’ve built a tradition that our entire community can be proud of.”
Friday’s game was one of the strangest you’ll ever see. Discovery Canyon had just two hits, but 17 walks, five hit batters and numerous wild pitches kept the runs coming around.
Kacee Schroeder allowed one hit and struck out five in the four-inning shutout.
Mesa Ridge 21, Widefield 19 (8 innings)
At Widefield: Mesa Ridge (8-8, 5-2 4A Metro League) overcame a nine-run deficit to edge Widefield (10-7, 7-1) in eight innings.
The Grizzlies trailed 11-2 going into the bottom of the third and were down 19-14 heading into their half of the sixth.
Mesa Ridge scored five runs in the sixth to tie and, after a scoreless seventh, got two for a walk-off win in the eighth.
Megan Shanks and Johnnie Robinson each had three hits for Widefield, while Shanks had four RBIs and leads the Gladiators with 27 this season.
Cheyenne Mountain 16, Falcon 4
At Cheyenne Mountain: A 13-run third inning propelled Cheyenne Mountain (10-7-1, 4-2-1 4A Metro League) past Falcon (11-6, 4-2).
Cathrine and Bridget Gleason each had three hits for Cheyenne Mountain. Aspen Atkins led the Indians with three RBIs and hit her eighth home run of the season.
Lewis-Palmer 7, Air Academy 3
At Air Academy: Lewis-Palmer 8-11-1, 2-4-1 4A Pikes Peak League) scored six runs in the final two innings to upend Air Academy (5-13, 1-6).
Alaura Prenzlow had three of Air Academy’s five hits. The senior leads the Kadets with a .353 batting average and 18 RBIs this season.
BOYS’ CROSS COUNTRY
Rampart’s Tucker Hamilton outpaced 244 other runners to win the event at the Margaret Carpenter Recreation Center.
Hamilton’s time of 15 minutes, 43.69 seconds tied the meet record set by Dey Tuach, who now runs collegiately for Arkansas.
Ben Dingman came in eighth, Reid Bartels 11th and Jack Pfister 12th as Rampart finished second among the 18 teams competing.
Vista Ridge took seventh place.
GIRLS’ CROSS COUNTRY
Behind a fifth-place finish by Claire Rachwitz, Rampart took first place in the 18-team event at the Margaret carpenter Recreation Center.
Emily Dingman took 11th for the Rams, whose 81 points put them ahead of second-place Vista Ridge (100) and third-place Ponderosa (101).
Vista Ridge’s Lina Arista took third place in a field of 193 runners.
Evangelical Christian 4, Colorado Springs School 1
At ECA: Hee Do Yu and Daniel Sohn each scored twice to lead ECA (2-6) past Colorado Springs School (0-6) in the 3A Region 2 opener for both teams.
Sohn assisted on both of Yu’s goals, while Jay Park also had an assist. Caleb Wolfe had four saves to earn the win in goal.
Canon City 4, Pueblo East 2
At Pueblo East: Michael Mann had two goals and Michael Ortega had a goal and an assist to lift Canon City past Pueblo East (2-7-1, 2-4-1 4A South Central League).
Ryan Ford also scored for Canon City, which improved to 4-5-1 and 3-3-1 in league play. Devin Freda and Jack Roberts added assists.