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CHSAA state football playoffs: Quarterfinal results, top performers in Class 5A and 4A

CHSAA state football playoffs: Quarterfinal results, top
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Here’s how the quarterfinals played out in the Colorado high school football Class 5A and Class 4A state tournament.

Class 5A

No. 1 Valor Christian (12-0) beat No. 9 Columbine (9-4), 17-7 at Valor Stadium: The Eagles, in pursuit of a ninth title, played their closest game all season as the Rebels (who lost 35-21 to Valor in Week 5) gave the 5A favorite a stiff test. Columbine recovered a fumbled then scored on a long TD pass to go ahead 7-0 early, but Valor responded with 17 unanswered points, including Gavin Sawchuk’s 27-yard TD catch and Jordan Norwood’s short TD run. Sawchuk passed Christian McCaffrey for the most rushing yards in school history.

No. 4 Grandview (10-2) beat No. 5 Ralston Valley (9-3), 20-16 at Legacy Stadium: The Mustangs, who beat the Wolves 24-13 in Week 4 in Aurora, got off to another good start with a 10-0 first-half lead. But sophomore Liam Szarka’s TD pass put the Wolves ahead 13-10 in the third. The momentum shifts continued as senior Marquel Collins’ TD run put Ralston Valley back ahead early in the fourth. Then Szarka had the decisive play when he tossed a late TD pass to senior Charlie Dick. Grandview’s won one 5A state title, in 2007.

No. 2 Cherry Creek (10-2) beat No. 7 Regis Jesuit (8-4), 28-14 at Stutler Bowl: The two-time defending champions scored on their opening possession and then scored again to take a 14-0 lead into the half. Then Cherry Creek, which defeated Regis Jesuit 34-14 in Week 5, pulled away. Juniors Carlson Tann and Arion Boyd both had TDs, extending the home team lead to 28-0 before the Raiders finally scored with about six minutes left. Cherry Creek’s in pursuit of its 12th state title and can become the first 5A program to three-peat twice.

No. 6 Arapahoe (9-2) at No. 3 Legend (10-1), 1 p.m. Saturday, EchoPark Stadium: Quarterback Cole Hansen and the resurgent Warriors travel to parker to take on Legend’s high-powered offense featuring dynamic running back Bryce Vaz.

Next week: Grandview at Valor Christian, Arapahoe/Legend at Cherry Creek

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Class 4A

No. 1 Montrose (12-0) beat No. 8 Fountain-Fort Carson (10-2), 48-14 at Montrose Stadium: Five rushing touchdowns put the Indians ahead 35-0 before the end of the first half, and Montrose added another passing TD from sophomore quarterback Gage Wareham with under a minute left in the second quarter to ice the rout. The Indians had a running clock the whole second half and played all of their backups. Montrose’s lone state title came in Class A in 1950, and the Indians last made the title game in 2013 (lost 49-14 to Pine Creek).

No. 5 Erie (11-0) at No. 4 Palmer Ridge (10-1), 1 p.m. Saturday, Don Breese Stadium: Senior running back Caleb Theisen and the undefeated Tigers faced off against sophomore quarterback Derek Hester (top-ranked 4A passer left) and the Bears.

No. 7 Chatfield (9-3) beat No. 2 Dakota Ridge (11-1), 42-31, at Jeffco Stadium: Dakota Ridge led 17-7 at the half, but the shootout was just getting going. A time-consuming drive to open the third, capped by junior Noah Triplett’s TD run, gave the Eagles a 24-7 lead. But the Chargers stormed back with TDs on consecutive possessions to make it 24-21 entering the fourth, and from there, freshman Brock Narva’s 28-yard TD catch gave Chatfield the lead. Narva added a 53-yard TD with under five minutes left seal the Chargers’ comeback.

No. 3 Pine Creek (10-2) beat No. 6 Loveland (10-2), 10-7 at District 20 Stadium: The Eagles took down the defending state champions despite losing their starting QB, and despite Loveland leading 7-3 after three quarters. After Pine Creek’s defense rose up with a big stop on an attempted fourth-down conversion, senior running back Zion Hill’s one-yard touchdown run provided the game-winning score for the Eagles. Their defense then sealed the trip to the semis with a late stuff of Loveland on fourth-and-goal from the two-yard line.

Next week: Erie/Palmer Ridge at Montrose, Chatfield at Pine Creek

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