Discovery Canyon 49, Pueblo East 28
At CSU-Pueblo: Discovery Canyon quarterback Alec Wirtjes did a little bit of everything - once again. Friday, he followed his spectacular opener against Pueblo Central by throwing over and running around Pueblo East's scrambling defense in the Thunder's completely lopsided victory.
Wirtjes' performance hasn't been a fluke either. Thunder coach Sean Mitchell said his team goes only as far as the quarterback can take them.
"We go as he goes," the seventh-year coach said. "He did a lot for us tonight and our offense looked pretty well - at least in the first half."
The Thunder (2-0) scored on four of their five possessions in the first 24 minutes to take a 28-0 lead into halftime.
Pueblo Centennial 42, Air Academy 14
At Air Academy: Quarterback Adam Brown threw a pair of touchdowns to Jacob Vargas, but Air Academy couldn't do much else against Pueblo Centennial.
Brown went 16 of 27 in the pocket for 230 yards, while Vargas caught six balls for 115 yards.
The pair's connection could be something special. Less than three minutes into the game, Brown hit Vargas for a 60-yard touchdown to tie the game at 7. Then, Brown found Vargas again for a 14-yard touchdown to tie the game at 14 with 10:54 left in the first half.
But it wasn't enough. Pueblo Centennial ran for more than 400 yards and scored 28 consecutive points.
Sand Creek 24,
At Sand Creek: Sand Creek coach Rod Baker has made his presence known on a program that has been struggling for years.
Friday was just another good sign for the Scorpions (1-0) as they rallied in the second half to win their home opener against struggling Lewis-Palmer (0-2).
Sand Creek trailed 10-6 at half.
"We moved the ball in the first half, but shot ourselves in the foot with penalties," the third-year Scorpions coach said. "We had some drives where we were rolling, but we'd have a penalty here or there and the momentum stopped."
Mike DeCarmo opened the second half with a 68-yard rushing touchdown, and the defense shut out the Rangers for the last 24 minutes.
Denver South 23,
Mesa Ridge 18
At C.A. Foster Stadium: Mesa Ridge coach Rob Braaten wishes he could erase the early moments of his team's opener. After last season's loss in the semifinals, Braaten was determined to get his team off on the right foot.
It wasn't to be.
"It was just some silly mistakes," Braaten said.
Denver South scored a safety and returned a kick for a touchdown before holding the ball for the final 5 minutes to eke out a slim victory over the Grizzlies.
After trailing 10-0 after the first, the Grizzlies played good enough to win, Braaten said. Running back Tremell Stanley pounded it in to close the margin to 10-6 by halftime, before Elijah Gilbert and T.J. Bisgroze each added rushing touchdowns in the second half.
Falcon 38, Widefield 0
At Falcon: Kalen Ballage ran for 231 yards on 18 carries and scored a pair of touchdowns to lead Falcon (1-0).
Ballage averaged 12.8 yards per carry against Widefield (0-1), rushing for one touchdown and hauling in another 30-yard touchdown reception in a game that was 7-0 at the half.
Brent New, The Gazette