Updated: September 14, 2013 at 12:05 am
Highlights from Friday's high school sports scene around the Pikes Peak region.
Mesa Ridge 28, Air Academy 3
At C.A. Foster Stadium: Tremell Stanley ran for 144 yards and a touchdown, and Elijah Gilbert added 109 yards and two scores to lead Mesa Ridge (2-1).
Gilbert scored from 63 yards out early in the second quarter, and Stanley added a 20-yard touchdown run in the third as the Grizzlies racked up 249 yards on the ground against Air Academy (0-3).
"They were a nice 1-2 punch tonight," Mesa Ridge coach Rob Braaten said of Stanley and Gilbert. "We were tough against the run and ran the ball well, and if you do those two things, you're going to be OK."
Gilbert's 10-yard plunge put the Grizzlies up 6-0 early in the first, and quarterback T.J. Bisgrove hit Kameron Harrod for a 15-yard touchdown pass to make it 14-0 early in the second.
Braaten feels his squad still has a ways to get better heading into next weekend's test against Ca?n City (2-1).
"We have lots of room for improvement," he said. "We had too many penalties and too many turnovers tonight. We'll see if we can give (Ca?n City) a ball game."
Canon City 29, Liberty 3
At Canon City: Three defensive touchdowns in the first quarter propelled Canon City (2-1) past Liberty (1-2).
Bad snaps led to fumble recoveries by an opportunistic Tigers defense, and Canon City's defensive unit put the first 21 points on the board in the win.
"They just had some troubles snapping the ball, and our kids came hard," Canon City coach Tom O'Rourke said. "Our special teams came through big again and gave us a spark. It felt like it'd been forever since we'd played at home, and they were a great crowd tonight."
O'Rourke knows his defense will have its hands full with Mesa Ridge's ground game next week.
"They're going to be tough again and will be contending for a league title again," O'Rourke said of Mesa Ridge. "They put together a good offensive and defensive package, so we're going to have to be ready for them. We'll get them at home, and we'll have to find out how to stop their run game."
Sand Creek 68, Sierra 26
At Sand Creek: Michael DeCarmo had four rushing touchdowns and threw for three more to lead Sand Creek (3-0).
Jordan Preston caught a pair of touchdown passes from DeCarmo, and the Scorpions forced six turnovers in the rout. Sand Creek led 28-13 at the half.
"We played a lot better offensively in the first half than we have the first two games, and we extended that in the second half," Sand Creek coach Rod Baker said. "Our backs did a nice job, and we kind of spread it around a little bit tonight."
Elizabeth 44, Discovery Canyon 21
At Discovery Canyon: A 21-0 third quarter helped Elizabeth (2-1) blow open a 14-7 halftime lead.
Adrian Mack and Canin Ritz had touchdown runs, and Alec Wirtjes hit Michael Beiswenger for a 28-yard touchdown strike, but it was not enough for Discovery Canyon (3-1). Wirtjes was intercepted twice, and Elizabeth quarterback Logan Weber threw a pair of touchdown passes.
The Classical Academy 56, Mitchell 22
At Garry Berry Stadium: Peter Troupe had two touchdown runs and a touchdown reception, and Jantzen Ryals threw for two touchdowns and ran for another to lead The Classical Academy (2-1).
Andrew Register began the scoring for the Titans with a 40-yard scamper early in the first quarter, and TCA led 21-0 after the opening 12 minutes. Ryals connected with Trevor Bussiere on a 75-yard touchdown pass in the second for a 28-0 lead before Mitchell (0-3) got on the scoreboard.
TCA gained 260 yards on the ground, and Ryals finished with 104 through the air. Patrick Gheorghe added a 50-yard interception return for a touchdown for the Titans in the third quarter.
Doherty 42, Castle View 2
At Douglas County Stadium: A week after scoring six touchdowns, Zach Young scored five more, rushing for 251 yards on 24 carries, and quarterback Evan Powell threw for 237 yards and a score to keep Doherty (3-0) unbeaten.
Young scored on an 88-yard run, his longest of the night.
Doherty (3-0) led 21-0 at the half and forced Castle View (1-2) quarterback Christopher Linnin to turn the ball over three times.
The Spartans' defense held Castle View to 189 yards of total offense.
No statistics were available for Doherty.
Peyton 20, John Mall 14
At Peyton: Tyler Lashley ran 114 yards and two touchdowns and threw for 76 yards to lead Peyton (2-1).
Kevin Mestas also had a second-quarter rushing touchdown for the Panthers, who led 14-7 at the half. Peyton piled up 255 rushing yards while earning its second consecutive win.
Clayton Berger threw for 175 yards and a touchdown to Brandon Bechaver, and Bechaver finished with 109 yards receiving for John Mall (1-2).
Del Norte def. Cripple Creek-Victor 25-11, 25-17, 25-21
At Cripple Creek-Victor: Del Norte (2-0, 1-0 2A Southern Peaks) kept Cripple Creek-Victor (1-8, 0-3) winless in league play.
Katie Tapia's six kills, three blocks and two digs, and six digs and three assists from Deja Nimsey led the way for the Pioneers.
Rampart def. Fruita Monument 25-19, 16-25, 25-18, 25-21
At Rampart: Amanda Cushen had 16 kills and 22 digs, and Joelle Jin added 14 kills to lead Rampart (4-4).
August Raskie set the table with 41 assists, and McKenna Thornlow chipped in 19 digs for Rampart.
The Rams overcame 23 assists from Fruita Monument's (5-2) Savannah Ashmore and 19 digs from Joelle LeFevre to pull out the four-set win.
Lewis-Palmer 7, Sand Creek 0
At Lewis-Palmer: Jared Stuart at No. 1 singles ledthe way for the sweep with a straight-set victory.
All Rangers singles players and teams won in straight sets, and Lewis-Palmer also took No. 4 doubles by forfeit.