Highlights from Saturday's high school sports action in the Pikes Peak region:
Mesa Ridge 45, Pueblo South 0
At Pueblo South: Mesa Ridge’s defense produced four interceptions and two fumble recoveries as the Grizzlies dominated for the fourth consecutive week.
“We played really well in all three phases,” coach Rob Braaten said. “And the defense played phenomenal.”
Nose guard Rico Collins jumped on both fumbles and four players – Chris Cutcher, Chad Hovasse and brothers Jadow and Dominique Hughes – grabbed interceptions.
Jadow Hughes returned his pick 28 yards for a touchdown, one of his three scores as he also caught a pair of touchdowns from Cody Groff.
The start of the game was indicative of how things would go, as Mesa Ridge (4-1, 2-0 4A Foothills) held Pueblo South (1-4, 1-1) to a 3-and-out on the first possession and Devin Miller followed with a 77-yard punt return to open the scoring.
The Grizzlies held the Colts to 24 rushing yards on 25 attempts and have outscored their past four opponents by the average score of 44-10.
Injuries forced Mesa Ridge to thrust third-string tailback Elijah Gilbert into a featured role and he responded with 106 yards on 13 carries and a touchdown.
Even the kicking game is rolling, as Nathan Hoskins made all six PATs and added a 30-yard field goal.
Peyton 36, Ellicott 7
At Ellicott: Tyler Lashley ran for touchdowns of 8 and 5 yards, returned an interception 55 yards for a score and connected with Dan Logar for a 2-yard touchdown pass as Peyton (3-2, 2-1 1A Tri-Peaks) won handily after leading 22-0 at the half.
JaVonte Stewart scored for Ellicott (1-4, 0-3) on a 6-yard run in the third quarter.
Pine Creek 2, Montrose 0
At Pine Creek: Center back Aaron Haefner helped to control the action as Pine Creek (6-4) posted its fifth shutout against a Montrose (5-3-2) team that hadn’t been blanked this season.
Ryan Jeffers and Sam Stark scored for the Eagles, which had four saves in goal from David Meyer.
Liberty 2, Dakota Ridge 1
At Dakota Ridge: Klinton Spencer scored in the first half and Matt Love added a goal in the 43rd minute as Liberty (6-3-1) was a late penalty kick away from a shutout against Dakota Ridge (4-5).
Rampart 7, Manitou Springs 0
At Rampart: Tim Hawn and Brendan Reich each scored three goals for Rampart (7-1-1) in the lopsided matchup of 5A and 3A programs.
Manitou Springs dropped to 4-7.
ECA 2, Dolores Huerta 1
At ECA: Caleb Wolfe had 31 saves to pace ECA (3-6), which was playing for the second consecutive day.
Hee Do Yu had a goal and an assist for the Eagles and Isreal Reese also scored.
Dolores Huerta drops to 3-5.
Peak to Peak 2, Fountain Valley 0
At Fountain Valley: Peak to Peak (5-3-1) took a one-goal advantage in the first half on a score from Chris Thompson and added some insurance in the 59th minute with a goal from David Griffith.
Fountain Valley drops to 4-5-1.
Lamar 2, St. Mary’s 1
At Lamar: Teams continue to take advantage during what looks like a definite down year for St. Mary’s (2-6-2).
In a matchup won 4-1 by the Pirates last year and 6-1 in 2010, Lamar (5-3) scored goals in both halves to prevail.
Doherty def. Fossil Ridge 25-9, 26-24, 25-11
At Doherty: Haleigh Washington had 11 kills and three blocks and Doherty (13-0) lambasted a Fossil Ridge (8-4) squad that entered having won 7 of its past 9 matches.
Cierra Simpson added eight kills and sister Gabby Simpson had a team-high 16 assists.
The Spartans open play in the 5A Metro on Tuesday against Rampart.
Palmer def. Sierra 25-17, 25-19, 15-15
At Sierra: Maren Plutt had six of Palmer’s 17 aces as the Terrors (8-7) won despite attempts from Sierra (0-12) to slow the pace of play.
CSCS def. Platte Valley 25-22, 22-25, 25-19, 15-25, 15-12
At Manitou Springs: Taylor Stephens had 17 kills, Morgan Evans had 52 assists and CSCS (10-4) survived a marathon against Platte Valley (7-5).
Mariah Evans had 34 digs and 33 serve receives.
Platte Valley def. Manitou Springs 25-14, 26-28, 25-20, 27-25
At Manitou Springs: Katie McKiel had 18 kills for Manitou Springs (8-5) in a tight loss to Platte Valley (7-5).
Pine Creek def. Pueblo South 25-20, 25-18, 25-14
At Pine Creek: Tiegen Skains had 11 kills, hitting at a .389 percentage, and added four blocks to lead Pine Creek (10-3).
Pueblo South drops to 4-8.
Peyton def. Miami-Yoder 25-19, 25-12, 15-5
At Miami-Yoder: Vaden Holmes had five of Peyton’s 14 aces as the Panthers (9-2) rolled past Miami-Yoder (3-12).
Colorado Springs School def. Kiowa 25-20, 25-22, 25-21
At CSS: Kendra Baucom had 11 kills and CSS (11-1, 4-0 2A Black Forest) was aided by 12 aces in defeating Kiowa (1-13, 1-4)
Thompson Valley 12, Palmer Ridge 6
At Thompson Valley: Eight runs over the final three innings made the victory for Thompson Valley (11-4) seem more lopsided than most of the game actually was.
Palmer Ridge (13-5) fell behind 4-0 in the first inning after a two-out, bases-loaded double but had clawed back to within 4-3 in the fifth inning.
Thompson Valley had 14 hits, including four doubles, and pitcher Kinsley Mason struck out 10 while walking just one.
La Junta 11, St. Mary’s 0
At St. Mary’s: La Junta (10-6) led 8-0 after two innings in the rout.
Ashley Vetack’s double was one of three hits for St. Mary’s (10-7).
Faith Christian 2, Florence 0
Florence 14, Peak to Peak 5
At Faith Christian: Florence split a pair of games and is now 9-7.
Alexander Dawson 6, Fountain Valley 1
At Alexander Dawson: Fountain Valley won behind Doug Adams at No. 1 singles 7-5, 1-6, 6-1, but dropped all other matches.
All three singles tilts went to a third game.