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Saturday's roundup: Valor Christian wins it all ... again
5A State Football Championship
Valor 9, Cherokee Trail 0
At Denver: It wasn’t the Valor Christian offense that had smoldered area schools like Fountain Fort-Carson (40-0 on Sept. 28), Doherty (49-7 on Oct. 12) and Palmer (58-7 on Oct. 19) during the season.
But it was that same Valor defense.
The Eagles scored all of their points in the fourth quarter to lift them to their fourth consecutive title. Valor won 3A in 2009, followed by two in 4A, including last year’s 66-10 drubbing of Pine Creek in the finale.
Christian McCaffrey, son of former Broncos wide receiver Ed McCaffrey, scored the game’s lone touchdown, and was named game’s MVP.
4A State Football Championship
Monarch 17, Denver South 14
At Denver: Monarch fought past Falcon and Vista Ride in the first two rounds of postseason to eventually claim the title away from Denver South.
The Coyotes rushed for 332 yards, and then just held on.
South turned the ball over three times in the game.
3A State Football Championship
Silver Creek 32, Rifle 15
At Aurora: Behind the arm of quarterback Ben Sjobakken, Silver Creek knocked off the top-ranked 3A team in the state.
Sjobakken went 20-of-27 for 234 yards and four touchdowns.
Wasson 68, Air Academy 53
At Wasson: Wasson senior DJ Hanes was too much – way too much – for Air Academy.
He speared the lane over and over, sending him to the foul line where he shot a perfect 11-of-11.
Fellow seniors Angel Lingao added 17 and Lorenz Stalcap chipped in 16 for the Thunderbirds.
Wasson (3-0) remains unbeaten.
Air Academy on the other side, shot a blistering 73 percent from 2-point range, but the 3-ball killed them.
The Kadets hit only 5-of-19 from long range, as head coach Barry Clark’s squad (2-1) dropped its first game of the season.
John Sims led the Kadets with 19 points.
Lewis-Palmer 55, Grand Junction 53
At Grand Junction: Jordan Scott scored a game-high 24 points as Lewis-Palmer (3-0) held off a late Grand Junction rally for its third-straight win.
The Rangers pummeled GJ by a 17-5 margin in the first quarter – but then, it got scary. GJ outscored Lewis-Palmer 21-14 in the fourth as the Rangers avoided heartbreak.
It was L-P’s first close this game, as its prior first two ended in 30-plus point victories.
Saturday, Justin Smith added 13 points for the Rangers.
Falcon 61, Palmer 44
At Palmer: Falcon’s season-opening loss is well in its rearview mirror. Saturday, the Falcons (2-1) completed their second-straight blowout victory, as they came out sprinting at Palmer (0-3).
Falcon senior Nick Lenhard scored a game-high 15 points and Cody Curtis added 14 en route to 32-10 Falcons’ halftime lead.
C.J. Moore was the only Terror to jump into double digits, scoring 14 on the night.
Liberty 63, Sierra 42
At Liberty: Liberty (1-1) shut down Sierra (0-1) to take a 29-16 halftime lead.
And then, the Lancers just coasted.
Liberty guard AJ Bohuslavsky made all nine of his free throws and buried three 3-pointers en route to a game-high 23 points.
His brother, Garet, added 12.
The Stallions hit a wall in the second quarter when they scored only four points.
Lutheran 61, Peyton 60 OT
At Parker: Peyton (0-1) blew a first half lead to drop its opener in overtime.
The Panthers held a 16-7 lead after the first and had a 27-20 lead going into the half.
Led by sophomore James Willis’ 21, Lutheran rallied. It outscored Peyton 19-9 in the third and edged the Panthers in overtime with 10 points.
ECA 74, Ellicott 57
At Ellicott: ECA (2-0) was led by its seniors Vincent Brackett and J.D. Kohl in the win.
Brackett scored a game-high 25 points and went 9-for-14 from the free throw line.
Kohl hit four 3’s on his way to 21 points.
It was Calhan’s (0-1) home opener.
Wasson 32, Dolores Huerta Preparatory 20
Wasson played only three games last year before cancelling its varsity season. The Thunderbirds were outscored 209-13, as their inexperience drenched any joy out of playing the sport.
Saturday, Wasson (1-0) was led by Joyce Pitts, who blocked three shots to go along with her game-high 11 points.
Maria Martinez added eight points for the Thunderbirds.
Buena Vista 39, Woodland Park 33
At Woodland Park: Woodland Park (0-2) tripped to a 12-2 deficit after the first quarter and never could catch up.
Michelle Franke led the Panthers with 10 points while Hannah Erickson chipped in six.
Lutheran 75, Peyton 56
At Parker: Coming off a blowout win, Peyton (1-1) suffered a blowout loss.
The Panthers never kept pace with Lutheran, who led by eight after the first and 11 at the half.
Peyton won its opener 83-36 over Adams City.
ECA 48, Ellicott 43
At Ellicott: ECA’s Tori Mann scored 13 and Sammi Bost added 12 in the Eagles’ second-straight win.
ECA trailed at the half, but 23-21, but a 17-11 third quarter fueled the Eagles to the end.
Harrison 71, Sheridan 34
At Sheridan: Ouch! That’s the feeling Harrison (2-0) has left its first two opponents.
In its second-consecutive blowout victory, the Panthers hammered Sheridan in every quarter.
Harrison freshman Jazmin Paulk finished with 20 points and Elena Martinez added 18 in the rout.
Coronado wins the 2012 Arapahoe Invitational
At Arapahoe: Coronado won four individual tournament championships on its way to a team invitational title.
Trent Watson, the tournament’s MVP, pinned Cherry Creek’s Matt Finesilver in 1:50 to claim the title in the 106-pound weight class.
Devan Cruz (126), Richard Cote (170) and Joe Hunt (285) also won individual titles for the Cougars.
Coronado as a team took home first with a score of 212.50.
Liberty, the only other area school in the tournament, finished seventh.
Colorado Springs Christian wins Grizzly Invitational
At Fowler: The Craddock brothers, Corey and Connor, each took home first place in their respective weight classes.
Corey won on a mjor decesion to beat Centauri's Billy Medina in the 138-pound weight class.
Connor pinned Custer County's Dylan Koble in 2:53 to win the 152 class.
Air Academy 59, Vista Ridge 15
At Air Academty: After a flexing finish to last year's season, Air Academy won 11 of the 14 finals matches to rout Vista Ridge.
Peyton 51, Ellicott 18
At Ellicott: Peyton's Tyler Brown grabbed a pin in 49 seconds, as the Panthers outmuscled Ellicott.