Air Academy first-year coach Mike Roof won't know until midweek if junior starting quarterback Adam Brown will be ready for Friday's Pikes Peak League opener against Ponderosa.
Brown suffered a concussion during the Kadets' 28-3 loss Sept. 13 at Mesa Ridge.
"We have a system where you have to pass a concussion test," Roof said. "We won't have an idea for a couple of days, and we're not going to rush him. If he's not ready, we'll certainly have him sit out."
Brown is the latest starter to go down, but at least he'll return, unlike Tobin Morse (leg), Jacob Vargas (knee), Colson Egli (back), already lost for the season.
"It's one of those years," Roof said. "We're going to fight through it."
Discovery Canyon sees regular-season winning streak come to abrupt halt
Through the season's first three games, Discovery Canyon had its way in rolling to a 3-0 start, flexing its muscles on both sides of the ball.
On Sept. 13, an eight-game regular-season winning streak came to an emphatic end at the hands of Elizabeth, which rattled the Thunder 44-21 at District 20 Stadium.
"They came out and smacked us in the mouth, and we didn't respond very well to that," Thunder coach Shawn Mitchell said. "We did things that hurt us by turning the ball over, and we had 135 yards in penalties. They were a better team."
Discovery Canyon, which had allowed 35 points in its first three games, saw things unravel in a hurry when it gave up 21 points in the third quarter. In a matter of moments, a 14-7 deficit became an insurmountable 35-7 mountain heading into the fourth quarter.
Elizabeth converted two early turnovers in the third quarter into two touchdowns.
"It spiraled out of control in the third quarter," Mitchell said. "We'll regroup. One game doesn't make or break a season at this point."
Sand Creek's DeCarmo proves to be a triple threat
He runs. He passes. Oh yeah, he kicks, too.
Sand Creek senior Micheal DeCarmo has done it all through three games, and leads all Pikes Peak League athletes in scoring with 52 points.
Besides rushing for seven touchdowns and passing for six others to go along with a pair of two-point conversions, DeCarmo also has booted six of nine extra points.
Quick turnaround at Doherty
Doherty senior running back Zach Young has the Spartans rolling to a 3-0 start, their best start in years and a 180-degree turn from last season's squad that started 0-8.
In the process, Young has turned eyes, not only in Colorado, but around the country as well.
With 14 touchdowns already, Young ranks first in the state (in all classes) in that category and is tied sixth overall in the nation. Only two other players have found the end zone more than the 5-foot-10 Young.
Young added to his haul Sept. 13 at Castle View with 251 yards and five scores.
In his first three games, Young leads all Colorado rushers with 705 yards on 69 carries, or 10.2 yards per carry.