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Friday's roundup: Elliott's deflection preserves win for St. Mary's
St. Mary’s 21, Mead 20
At Mead: Logan Elliott tipped away a 2-point conversion attempt with under a minute remaining as St. Mary’s (2-0) held on in a nail-biter over Mead (1-1).
“This is two weeks in a row that these kids did a great job and pulled together to get a win,” St. Mary’s coach Nic Olney said. “When things were good, we stayed together and when things were bad, we stayed together.”
Ben Breier ran 22 times for 138 yards and all three of the Pirates’ touchdowns. Also getting 138 yards on the ground was Ben Cipoletti.
Mead led 14-0 after one quarter, but St. Mary’s answered with touchdowns in the second third and fourth quarters. With less than a minute remaining, Mead’s Griffin Nelson hit Alex Mead for a 56-yard touchdown. Mead coach Jason Klatt opted to go for the 2-pointer and the win, which Elliott thwarted.
The Classical Academy 31, Evergreen 0
At Evergreen: TCA (2-0) dominated the second half to blank Evergreen (1-1).
Although Evergreen did not score, it controlled the ball in the first half with a power running game and a good defense. TCA had just 4 minutes of possession in the half.
“They had a good game plan,” TCA coach David Bervig said. “Evergreen is a very good system team. They run the ball up the middle over and over and wear you down with it.”
At the half, TCA’s coaching staff made adjustments. The Titans dominated the second half.
“I’m as proud of my coaching staff as I am of my kids,” said Bervig, who singled out middle linebacker Justin Miller as having been outstanding.
TCA’s Jantzen Ryals threw for 228 yards and two touchdowns.
Sand Creek 41, Widefield 19
At Sand Creek: Quarterback Micheal DeCarmo passed for four touchdowns and ran for a fifth as Sand Creek (1-1) knocked off Widefield (0-2).
All four TD passes went to Jordan Preston.
A 19-point second quarter allowed Widefield to overcome an early 13-point deficit and go into the intermission down only 21-19.
“Once they get rolling, they’re a dangerous team,” Sand Creek coach Rod Baker said of Widefield.
Sand Creek responded by scoring on its first possession of the second half and then added a 65-yard fumble return by Tuli Lauau for a touchdown on Widefield’s subsequent possession.
“That was a big play in the game,” Baker said.
DeCarmo finished with 165 yards passing and 136 yards rushing.
“The offensive line played really well. They took over in the fourth quarter."
Manitou Springs 21, Ridgeview Academy 0
At Ridgeview Academy: Manitou Springs quarterback Chad Sienknecht ran for a pair of scores and connected with Morgan Burnell for another as the Mustangs stayed perfect through the first two weeks.
Manitou Springs, under coach Danny Gieck, hasn’t allowed a point through two games, outscoring Ridgeview and Manual by a combined score of 69-0.
The first real test will come next week, when La Junta comes to Manitou Springs for the Mustangs' home and league opener.
Falcon 24, Pueblo South 7
At Falcon: Keenan Britton ran for two touchdowns, including a 70-yard dash in the first quarter, and Kalen Ballage added a 90-yard kickoff return for a touchdown as the Falcons stayed unbeaten.
Justin Barron was 3-for-3 on PATs for Falcon and kicked a 37-yard field goal in the first quarter.
The Falcons led 10-0 at halftime and led 17-0 when Pueblo South scored its only touchdown on a 56-yard run in the third quarter.
Discovery Canyon 31, Air Academy 13
At Discovery Canyon: Quarterback Alec Wirtjes ran for a pair of touchdowns as Discovery Canyon improved to 2-0 with a win over Air Academy (1-1).
After a Discovery Canyon field goal, Quincy Campbell picked up a blocked punt and returned it 57 yards to put the Thunder up 10-0. A 2-yard Wirtjes run made it 17-0 at the half.
Steve Turner led Discovery Canyon with 95 yards rushing.
Vista Ridge 20, Palmer Ridge 0
At Palmer Ridge: Brayden Stewart threw a 50-yard touchdown pass to Pierre Copeland and later added a short scoring run and Noah Gabel booted a pair of field goals as Vista Ridge rolled.
Gabel’s kicks were from 43 and 30 yards and he added a pair of PATs.
The Wolves (2-0) had a two-week gap after their opener, having defeated Montrose in a Zero Week matchup.
Palmer Ridge (0-2), which fell to Montrose last week, has been outscored 79-20 through two weeks in its first go-round as a 4A program.
Coronado 20, Harrison 6
At Harrison: Evan Strauss accounted for 110 of Coronado’s 277 rushing yards as the Cougars (1-1) beat Harrison (0-2).
Zeb Foster added 73 rushing yards and a touchdown for Coronado.
Harrison’s lone score came on a kickoff return to open the second half.
Eaglecrest 56, Doherty 0
At Eaglecrest: Doherty (0-2) was limited to 113 yards offensively in a shutout loss to Eaglecrest (1-1).
Widefield 3, Lamar 0
At Fountain Valley: Brandon Toves scored twice to lift Widefield (2-1) past Lamar (1-2) and into the championship match of the Fountain Valley Tournament.
Jared Foulk scored the Gladiators’ third goal and also added an assist. Tyler White also had an assist.
“I thought we played really solid throughout, from the back four on up,” Widefield coach Karl Anderson said.
Trevon Taylor made seven saves to record his first shutout of the season.
“We got a little lucky in the first half,” Anderson said. “We got some good saves from our keeper and one ball went off the post.”
Palmer 1, Wasson 0
At Wasson: Maxwell Morrison scored in overtime off an Alex Valdez pass as Palmer (3-1) defeated Wasson.
“Our defense played tough as they have all season” Palmer coach Eric Lichaa said. “It was a huge win for us – a great confidence builder.”
Josh Kourajian recorded his second shutout of the season for the Terrors.
Fountain-Fort Carson 3, Denver Science & Tech 2
At Fountain Valley: Tyler Hadley notched the hat trick, all three of which were assisted by Seth Lake, as Fountain-Fort Carson (1-2) got the win.
Poudre 1, Doherty 0
At Poudre: Doherty (2-2) surrendered a goal in the first half and could never draw even. Poudre improved to 3-0 and has outscored its opponents 9-1.
Pine Creek 14, The Classical Academy 8
Pine Creek 20, Harrison 0
At Harrison: TCA made a spirited rally but could not overcome a 14-run Pine Creek lead at the Harrison Invitational.
Pine Creek knocked off host Harrison 20-0 earlier Friday. With the two wins, Pine Creek improved to 9-2.
Stephanie Warhoe drove in four runs in each game and Kayla Boyd has five against Mitchell and three against TCA.
St. Mary’s 20, Sierra 0
At Falcon: Teaja Rivera had 10 RBIs on three hits, all triples, and a sacrifice fly to lead St. Mary’s to a rout of Sierra at the Falcon Tournament.
McKenzie Hernez went 4 for 4 as the Pirates had 20 hits in the three-inning game.
Rivera pitched two hitless innings, striking out three, and Laina Salani completed the three-inning no-hitter.
Lewis-Palmer 4, St, Mary’s 3
At Falcon: St. Mary’s rallied for three runs in the fifth inning but came up short in a loss to Lewis-Palmer at the Falcon Tournament.
St. Mary’s split its two games for the day to put its record at 3-3.
Niwot 11, Widefield 7
Valley 11, Widefield 2
At Berthoud: A seven-run sixth inning lifted Niwot to a win over Widefield, which also dropped its afternoon game of the Berthoud Spartan Invitational to Valley.
Macie Acker, Kelsey Scurek and Megan Shanks each had two RBIs as Widefield built a 7-4 lead against Niwot.
The losses dropped Widefield’s record to 4-4.
Mead 12, Air Academy 0
At Berthoud: Savannah Mill, Kylie Levine and Paulina Quintana each had two RBIs as Mead blanked Air Academy at the Berthoud Spartan Invitational
GIRLS’ CROSS COUNTRY
Joe Davis Invitational
At North Monument Valley Park: Discovery Canyon had four runners in the top 10 to win the team title.
Arianna Ross took third, Rylee McCone eighth, Moriah Nelson ninth and Courtney McCann 10th for Discovery Canyon. Vista Ridge took second and Horizon third.
Horizon’s Megan Mooney was the top individual with Vista Ridge’s Lina Arista taking second.
BOYS’ CROSS COUNTRY
Joe Davis Invitational
At North Monument Valley Park: Lamar’s Josh Davis scored an 18-second victory, while Peyton’s Jake Erickson took second.
Horizon won the team title, followed by Discovery Canyon and Falcon.