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Discovery Canyon 17, Silver Creek 7

The Thunder football team advances to the 3A Championship next Saturday at District 20 Stadium with the win over the Raptors. Photos by Christian Murdock

Discovery Canyon running back Joshua Tomjack runs for 21-yards and a first down before being tackled by Silver Creek linebacker Brock Knechtel during the first quarter of the 3A semifinals Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016, at District 20 Stadium in Colorado Springs. Discovery Canyon defeated Silver Creek 17-7 to advance to the championship game next Saturday. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Discovery Canyon running back Joshua Tomjack runs for 21-yards and a first down before being tackled by Silver Creek linebacker Brock Knechtel during the first quarter of the 3A semifinals Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016, at District 20 Stadium in Colorado Springs. Discovery Canyon defeated Silver Creek 17-7 to advance to the championship game next Saturday. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Discovery Canyon running back Joshua Tomjack runs down field for a first down against Silver Creek during the first quarter of the 3A semifinals Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016, at District 20 Stadium in Colorado Springs. Discovery Canyon defeated Silver Creek 17-7 to advance to the championship game next Saturday. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Discovery Canyon running back Joshua Tomjack runs down field for a first down against Silver Creek during the first quarter of the 3A semifinals Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016, at District 20 Stadium in Colorado Springs. Discovery Canyon defeated Silver Creek 17-7 to advance to the championship game next Saturday. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Discovery Canyon outside linebacker Caleb Grotelueschen (22) celebrates after intercepting a pass thrown by Silver Creek quarterback Dylan Ordway during the second quarter of the 3A semifinals Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016, at District 20 Stadium in Colorado Springs. Discovery Canyon defeated Silver Creek 17-7 to advance to the championship game next Saturday. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Discovery Canyon outside linebacker Caleb Grotelueschen (22) celebrates after intercepting a pass thrown by Silver Creek quarterback Dylan Ordway during the second quarter of the 3A semifinals Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016, at District 20 Stadium in Colorado Springs. Discovery Canyon defeated Silver Creek 17-7 to advance to the championship game next Saturday. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Discovery Canyon running back Joshua Tomjack makes a reception at Raptors 12-yard line to set up the Thunders first touchdown during the second quarter of the 3A semifinals Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016, at District 20 Stadium in Colorado Springs. Discovery Canyon defeated Silver Creek 17-7 to advance to the championship game next Saturday. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Discovery Canyon running back Joshua Tomjack makes a reception at Raptors 12-yard line to set up the Thunders first touchdown during the second quarter of the 3A semifinals Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016, at District 20 Stadium in Colorado Springs. Discovery Canyon defeated Silver Creek 17-7 to advance to the championship game next Saturday. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Silver Creek wide receiver Khari Harrison dives for 4-yard catch against Discovery Canyon cornerback Sterling Watkins during the second quarter of the 3A semifinals Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016, at District 20 Stadium in Colorado Springs. Discovery Canyon defeated Silver Creek 17-7 to advance to the championship game next Saturday. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Silver Creek wide receiver Khari Harrison dives for 4-yard catch against Discovery Canyon cornerback Sterling Watkins during the second quarter of the 3A semifinals Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016, at District 20 Stadium in Colorado Springs. Discovery Canyon defeated Silver Creek 17-7 to advance to the championship game next Saturday. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Silver Creek defensive back George Ramirez breaks up a pass intended for Discovery Canyon wide receiver Jacob VonLoh during the second quarter of the 3A semifinals Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016, at District 20 Stadium in Colorado Springs. Discovery Canyon defeated Silver Creek 17-7 to advance to the championship game next Saturday. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Silver Creek defensive back George Ramirez breaks up a pass intended for Discovery Canyon wide receiver Jacob VonLoh during the second quarter of the 3A semifinals Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016, at District 20 Stadium in Colorado Springs. Discovery Canyon defeated Silver Creek 17-7 to advance to the championship game next Saturday. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Discovery Canyon running back Trevor Ivy runs past Silver Creek defensive end Tyler Gibbs for a first down during the third quarter of the 3A semifinals Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016, at District 20 Stadium in Colorado Springs. Discovery Canyon defeated Silver Creek 17-7 to advance to the championship game next Saturday. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Discovery Canyon running back Trevor Ivy runs past Silver Creek defensive end Tyler Gibbs for a first down during the third quarter of the 3A semifinals Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016, at District 20 Stadium in Colorado Springs. Discovery Canyon defeated Silver Creek 17-7 to advance to the championship game next Saturday. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Silver Creek defensive back Spencer Rich, left, celebrates with defensive end Trevor Ordway after Rich intercepted a Discovery Canyon pass during the third quarter of the 3A semifinals Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016, at District 20 Stadium in Colorado Springs. Discovery Canyon defeated Silver Creek 17-7 to advance to the championship game next Saturday. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Silver Creek defensive back Spencer Rich, left, celebrates with defensive end Trevor Ordway after Rich intercepted a Discovery Canyon pass during the third quarter of the 3A semifinals Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016, at District 20 Stadium in Colorado Springs. Discovery Canyon defeated Silver Creek 17-7 to advance to the championship game next Saturday. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Discovery Canyon inside linebacker Jack Roy tackles Silver Creek running back Andreik Knechtel after a short gain during the fourth quarter of the 3A semifinals Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016, at District 20 Stadium in Colorado Springs. Discovery Canyon defeated Silver Creek 17-7 to advance to the championship game next Saturday. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Discovery Canyon inside linebacker Jack Roy tackles Silver Creek running back Andreik Knechtel after a short gain during the fourth quarter of the 3A semifinals Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016, at District 20 Stadium in Colorado Springs. Discovery Canyon defeated Silver Creek 17-7 to advance to the championship game next Saturday. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Discovery Canyon quarterback Tyler McFarland dives for extra yardage against Silver Creek during the fourth quarter of the 3A semifinals Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016, at District 20 Stadium in Colorado Springs. Discovery Canyon defeated Silver Creek 17-7 to advance to the championship game next Saturday. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Discovery Canyon quarterback Tyler McFarland dives for extra yardage against Silver Creek during the fourth quarter of the 3A semifinals Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016, at District 20 Stadium in Colorado Springs. Discovery Canyon defeated Silver Creek 17-7 to advance to the championship game next Saturday. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Silver Creek players watch from the sidelines as Discovery Canyon runs down the clock during the end of the fourth quarter of the 3A semifinals Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016, at District 20 Stadium in Colorado Springs. Discovery Canyon defeated Silver Creek 17-7 to advance to the championship game next Saturday. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Silver Creek players watch from the sidelines as Discovery Canyon runs down the clock during the end of the fourth quarter of the 3A semifinals Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016, at District 20 Stadium in Colorado Springs. Discovery Canyon defeated Silver Creek 17-7 to advance to the championship game next Saturday. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Discovery Canyon head coach Shawn Mitchell begins to celebrate as the final seconds of the fourth quarter of the 3A semifinals runs down Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016, at District 20 Stadium in Colorado Springs. Discovery Canyon defeated Silver Creek 17-7 to advance to the championship game next Saturday. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Discovery Canyon head coach Shawn Mitchell begins to celebrate as the final seconds of the fourth quarter of the 3A semifinals runs down Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016, at District 20 Stadium in Colorado Springs. Discovery Canyon defeated Silver Creek 17-7 to advance to the championship game next Saturday. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Discovery Canyon running back Joshua Tomjack fights off a Silver Creek defenders for extra yardage during the fourth quarter of the 3A semifinals Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016, at District 20 Stadium in Colorado Springs. Discovery Canyon defeated Silver Creek 17-7 to advance to the championship game next Saturday. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Discovery Canyon running back Joshua Tomjack fights off a Silver Creek defenders for extra yardage during the fourth quarter of the 3A semifinals Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016, at District 20 Stadium in Colorado Springs. Discovery Canyon defeated Silver Creek 17-7 to advance to the championship game next Saturday. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Discovery Canyon players and coaches celebrate as time expires in the 3A semifinals Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016, at District 20 Stadium in Colorado Springs. Discovery Canyon defeated Silver Creek 17-7 to advance to the championship game next Saturday. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Discovery Canyon players and coaches celebrate as time expires in the 3A semifinals Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016, at District 20 Stadium in Colorado Springs. Discovery Canyon defeated Silver Creek 17-7 to advance to the championship game next Saturday. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Discovery Canyon players Jacob Galvin, left, and Jaden Surface celebrate after the 3A semifinals Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016, at District 20 Stadium in Colorado Springs. Discovery Canyon defeated Silver Creek 17-7 to advance to the championship game next Saturday. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Discovery Canyon players Jacob Galvin, left, and Jaden Surface celebrate after the 3A semifinals Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016, at District 20 Stadium in Colorado Springs. Discovery Canyon defeated Silver Creek 17-7 to advance to the championship game next Saturday. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Discovery Canyon running back Trevor Ivy runs through the Silver Creek defense during the first third quarter of the 3A semifinals Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016, at District 20 Stadium in Colorado Springs. Discovery Canyon defeated Silver Creek 17-7 to advance to the championship game next Saturday. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Discovery Canyon running back Trevor Ivy runs through the Silver Creek defense during the first third quarter of the 3A semifinals Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016, at District 20 Stadium in Colorado Springs. Discovery Canyon defeated Silver Creek 17-7 to advance to the championship game next Saturday. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Discovery Canyon running back Joshua Tomjack runs down field against Silver Creek during the fourth quarter of the 3A semifinals Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016, at District 20 Stadium in Colorado Springs. Discovery Canyon defeated Silver Creek 17-7 to advance to the championship game next Saturday. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Discovery Canyon running back Joshua Tomjack runs down field against Silver Creek during the fourth quarter of the 3A semifinals Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016, at District 20 Stadium in Colorado Springs. Discovery Canyon defeated Silver Creek 17-7 to advance to the championship game next Saturday. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Discovery Canyon running back Joshua Tomjack runs past Silver Creek defensive back Marcus Lopez during the fourth quarter of the 3A semifinals Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016, at District 20 Stadium in Colorado Springs. Discovery Canyon defeated Silver Creek 17-7 to advance to the championship game next Saturday. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Discovery Canyon running back Joshua Tomjack runs past Silver Creek defensive back Marcus Lopez during the fourth quarter of the 3A semifinals Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016, at District 20 Stadium in Colorado Springs. Discovery Canyon defeated Silver Creek 17-7 to advance to the championship game next Saturday. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Discovery Canyon runs onto the field before the start of the 3A semifinals Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016, at District 20 Stadium in Colorado Springs. Discovery Canyon defeated Silver Creek 17-7 to advance to the championship game next Saturday. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Discovery Canyon runs onto the field before the start of the 3A semifinals Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016, at District 20 Stadium in Colorado Springs. Discovery Canyon defeated Silver Creek 17-7 to advance to the championship game next Saturday. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Discovery Canyon running back Joshua Tomjack runs down field against Silver Creek during the third quarter of the 3A semifinals Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016, at District 20 Stadium in Colorado Springs. Discovery Canyon defeated Silver Creek 17-7 to advance to the championship game next Saturday. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Discovery Canyon running back Joshua Tomjack runs down field against Silver Creek during the third quarter of the 3A semifinals Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016, at District 20 Stadium in Colorado Springs. Discovery Canyon defeated Silver Creek 17-7 to advance to the championship game next Saturday. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Discovery Canyon quarterback Tyler McFarland drops back to pass during the third quarter of the 3A semifinals Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016, at District 20 Stadium in Colorado Springs. Discovery Canyon defeated Silver Creek 17-7 to advance to the championship game next Saturday. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Discovery Canyon quarterback Tyler McFarland drops back to pass during the third quarter of the 3A semifinals Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016, at District 20 Stadium in Colorado Springs. Discovery Canyon defeated Silver Creek 17-7 to advance to the championship game next Saturday. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Discovery Canyon running back Joshua Tomjack scores a touchdown against Silver Creek during the second quarter of the 3A semifinals Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016, at District 20 Stadium in Colorado Springs. Discovery Canyon defeated Silver Creek 17-7 to advance to the championship game next Saturday. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Discovery Canyon running back Joshua Tomjack scores a touchdown against Silver Creek during the second quarter of the 3A semifinals Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016, at District 20 Stadium in Colorado Springs. Discovery Canyon defeated Silver Creek 17-7 to advance to the championship game next Saturday. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Discovery Canyon fullback Colt O’Connell dives into the endzone for a touchdown against Silver Creek during the third quarter of the 3A semifinals Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016, at District 20 Stadium in Colorado Springs. Discovery Canyon defeated Silver Creek 17-7 to advance to the championship game next Saturday. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Discovery Canyon fullback Colt O’Connell dives into the endzone for a touchdown against Silver Creek during the third quarter of the 3A semifinals Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016, at District 20 Stadium in Colorado Springs. Discovery Canyon defeated Silver Creek 17-7 to advance to the championship game next Saturday. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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The Discovery Canyon football team huddles before the start of the 3A semifinals Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016, at District 20 Stadium in Colorado Springs. Discovery Canyon defeated Silver Creek 17-7 to advance to the championship game next Saturday. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
The Discovery Canyon football team huddles before the start of the 3A semifinals Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016, at District 20 Stadium in Colorado Springs. Discovery Canyon defeated Silver Creek 17-7 to advance to the championship game next Saturday. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Discovery Canyon celebrates with the fans after winning the 3A semifinals Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016, at District 20 Stadium in Colorado Springs. Discovery Canyon defeated Silver Creek 17-7 to advance to the championship game next Saturday. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Discovery Canyon celebrates with the fans after winning the 3A semifinals Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016, at District 20 Stadium in Colorado Springs. Discovery Canyon defeated Silver Creek 17-7 to advance to the championship game next Saturday. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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