Falcon didn't only lose Friday's Pikes Peak League game to Pine Creek. It may have lost its starting quarterback, too.
The same holds true for Rampart as well.
Both players were victims of ankle injuries Friday in their respective games. Falcon junior Austin Worbington was injured late in Friday's 29-13 loss to Pine Creek and was unable to put much weight on it after the game. Cameron Hacker, a senior, suffered his injury early in Rampart's 42-6 loss at Vista Ridge.
"He got his ankle rolled on the second play," Rams coach JJ Owens said about his quarterback, who entered as the 4A state leader in yards (1,339) and touchdowns (18). "He tried to gut it out but couldn't. We're a different team without him."
Falcon, despite seeing its five-game win streak ended, travels to defending league champion Ponderosa on Friday as it tries to keep pace with leader Pine Creek. Senior Justin Barron took the remaining snaps and stands to start if Worbington can't go.
"I talked to the trainer, and he thinks it's a first-degree sprain, which means it could be a week, it could be three," Falcons co-coach Terry Pourier said. "He's a tough, resilient kid, but we have all the confidence in Justin. He can run everything we have, and I don't think we're a bit concerned about having to go to our No. 2 guy."
Florence rights ship by laying 50 on Lamar
Florence rebounded nicely from a rare league loss at Manitou Springs, pounding Lamar, 50-26 on Oct. 5 for its biggest offensive output since the 2011 season.
The Huskies stayed a game behind Manitou Springs as it built a 31-0 halftime lead and never looked back, not committing a turnover while recovering three fumbles.
"We took care of the ball, and it's always huge," said Huskies coach Jeremy Nix, whose team coughed up the ball three times in a 26-14 loss at Manitou Springs on Sept. 27. "You can't drop league games, and if you drop two, you don't control your own destiny. You never want to be in that situation."
The point total was the most since the 2011 2A state semifinals, when Florence beat Kent Denver, 52-36 en route to the state championship the following week.