Highlights from Friday's high school football scene around the Pikes Peak region.
No. 8 Pomona 49, No. 25 Fountain-Fort Carson 30
At NAAC Stadium: Despite taking the game's opening kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown and leading 12-7 after an 85-yard touchdown run, No. 25 Fountain-Fort Carson (4-6) could not keep up with No. 8 Pomona (8-2) in the first round of the 5A state playoffs.
Falcon 29, Vista Ridge 28
At Vista Ridge: Kalen Ballage scored from 11 yards out with less than a minute remaining to help Falcon (9-1, 6-1 4A Pikes Peak) complete a double-digit comeback against Vista Ridge (6-4, 4-3).
The game-winner was Ballage's third touchdown of the night.
"It was an amazing come-from-behind victory," Falcon coach Brian Green said. "It was a hard-fought battle by both teams, and somehow our guys found a way to overcome some extreme adversity and pull out the win. We thought this (test) was the best thing that could happen to us going into the playoffs.
"It was a battle for the Gold Ball, so there were a lot of things riding on this game."
Elway Tubbs threw four touchdown passes, as the Wolves scored 22 unanswered points to build a 28-17 lead with less than four minutes remaining, but the Falcons rallied to steal the win and snap Vista Ridge's four-game winning streak.
Two of Tubbs' touchdown strikes went to Austin Mildbrandt, who reeled in the Wolves' final two scores.
Falcon led 14-6 at the half thanks to a Ballage touchdown run and a 60-yard interception return for a touchdown by Justin Barron. Barron also kicked a 19-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter, boomed a 70-yard punt and took off on a 45-yard run in the win.
Pine Creek 48, Rampart 24
At District 20 Stadium: Rampart (3-7, 2-5 4A Pikes Peak) got out to a 10-0 lead in the second quarter, but Pine Creek (8-2, 7-0) scored the game's next 42 points.
Tommy Lazzaro had three touchdown passes, two to Austin Meachum, and Avery Anderson had touchdown runs of 12 and 60 yards to lead the Eagles.
Ponderosa 23, Sand Creek 13
At Sand Creek: Ponderosa (6-4, 4-2 4A Pikes Peak) has won two in a row, while Sand Creek (6-4, 3-4) has dropped three of its last four.
Palmer Ridge 41, Pueblo Centennial 0
At Don Breese Stadium: Blaine Wycoff threw three touchdown passes and ran for another score to lead Palmer Ridge (5-5, 5-2 4A Foothills).
No statistics were available for Pueblo Centennial (7-3, 4-3).
Canon City 49, Widefield 21
At Widefield: Canon City (6-4, 4-3 4A Foothills) used 35 first-half points to rebound from last week's loss to Palmer Ridge.
D.Q. Baker rushed 35 times for 112 yards to lead Widefield (1-9, 1-6).
No statistics were available for Canon City.
Pueblo South 43, Cheyenne Mountain 3
At Cheyenne Mountain: Pueblo South (9-1, 7-0 4A Foothills) raced to a 26-0 halftime lead and never looked back in handing Cheyenne Mountain (1-9, 0-7) its eighth straight loss.
TCA 49, Pueblo Central 14
At Pueblo Central: When Discovery Canyon and Coronado players look up into the stands today, they'll see an odd sight.
Most of The Classical Academy's team will be looking right back at them.
Jantzen Ryals threw for 276 yards and two touchdowns and Peter Troupe rushed for two of TCA's five rushing scores, as The Classical Academy (8-2, 5-0 3A Southern) won its fifth straight heading into the postseason on Friday.
On Saturday, coach David Bervig is planning on taking his Titans to watch the two teams that beat them go head to head.
"We have a lot of respect for them," Bervig said. "It's going to be fun to watch them play."
The Titans, league champs of the 3A Southern, can sit back after pounding Pueblo Central, making their best case for a high seed when the pairing committee meets Sunday.
This time last season, the Titans were limping into the playoffs. They'd lost their quarterback and their kicker. This year is almost the opposite.
"We really feel like we are peaking at the right time," Bervig said. "That's exciting."
Ryals, who missed last year's postseason because of injury, connected with Dakota Yourkowski on a 39-yard score in the second quarter before finding Aaron Meija on a 19-yard TD in the fourth.