Highlights from Friday's high school sports scene around the Pikes Peak region
Coronado 43, Pueblo County 0
At Pueblo County: Coronado traveled to Pueblo for a Week Zero contest and came away with plenty of momentum to carry into Week 1.
The Cougars (1-0) got a big game from quarterback Joah Smith, who threw for 153 yards and three touchdowns and also ran for a 14-yard score. Antwan Outlaw caught two passes for 90 yards and a score and added an 89-yard punt return touchdown.
"We're excited to have gotten zero week out of the way; there was a lot of rushing around," Coronado coach Bob Lizarraga said. "We were mechanically sound, but we still have a lot of work to do. It was very important to get off to a good start because we didn't want to be faced with a situation where we had to dig out of a hole."
Coronado will travel to The Classical Academy on Thursday for an early-season matchup of two premier area 3A teams.
La Junta 39, Mitchell 14
At La Junta: La Junta led 33-0 at the half behind two passing touchdowns and a rushing score from quarterback Elias Altamirano.
Preston Williams scored both touchdowns for Mitchell (0-1) and added a 2-point conversion.
Montrose 47, Vista Ridge 22
At Montrose: After taking an early 6-0 lead on a Christian Diaz rushing touchdown, Vista Ridge (0-1) gave up 21 unanswered points and fell behind 31-14 at the half. Elway Tubbs had an 8-yard rushing score and Jaquan Overbey had a 70-yard kick return for a touchdown.
Air Academy 1, Rampart 0
At Rampart: Air Academy rebounded from a 9-0 loss to Pine Creek on Wednesday with a close win over another District 20 opponent.
Air Academy's Megan Horn and Rampart's Alyssa McDowell had a tremendous pitchers' duel, each going seven innings. Horn got the win, giving up three hits and striking out seven, while McDowell gave up one run and struck out six for the Rams (1-1).
The lone run of the game came in the top of the third inning for the Kadets (1-1).
Woodland Park 17, Sand Creek 2
At Woodland Park: Kelee Suggs went 3 for 3 with three RBIs, and Rebecca Roulette and Brenna Peters each added two RBIs for the Panthers (1-0).
Considering the circumstances, Woodland Park coach Dale Huntington was extremely pleased with his team's performance.
After having their game at Palmer Ridge canceled due to rain Thursday night, the Panthers were forced to stay in a hotel in Colorado Springs because Highway 24 was closed.
"I was real happy with the way we came out hitting, and it was nice to play today after what happened last night," Huntington said. "It could have made the team unfocused, but they used it as bonding time instead."
Kelsey Lowry and Hannah Williamson each had an RBI for Sand Creek (0-3).
Pine Creek 7, Vista Ridge 0
At Vista Ridge: Pine Creek (2-0) shut out a second 4A opponent in three days behind another dominating pitching performance from Haylee McKeehan.
The senior threw a complete-game shutout, giving up only three hits and striking out 10. Stephanie Warhoe went 3 for 4 with a triple and run scored to lead the offense.
"Pitching has been great and our defense has been doing really well and I couldn't be happier," Pine Creek coach Dave Warhoe said. "Next weekend we play in a tournament in Castle Rock, and that'll help us find out what we're made of."
Kellie Mrofcza pitched all seven innings for Vista Ridge (1-2), giving up one earned run and striking out eight.
Discovery Canyon 10, Fountain-Fort Carson 0
At Discovery Canyon: McKenzie Surface pitched all six innings for the Thunder, giving up just one hit and striking out eight.
Surface also knocked in two runs at the plate, while Madison Dewey and Hannah Wirtjes each added two RBIs for Discovery Canyon (1-0).
"It was a great overall team win," Thunder coach Tanya Ramsay said. "We came out hitting hard and our pitching was on top of it. We're really excited that we came out ready to play, and we're excited to see how good we can be this season."
The Trojans (0-1) committed five errors to contribute to Discovery Canyon's cause.
Chaparral 7, Palmer 3
At Palmer: No stats were provided.