Creek, Valor advance in football playoffs

Huskies lose to top-seed Fairview in Boulder

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Cherry Creek abandoned its usual reliance on running the football, as the Bruins employed a balanced offensive scheme and produced a 49-14 second-round Class 5A playoff victory Nov. 8 over Overland in a second round Class 5A state playoff game.

Quarterback Cameron Brucker completed 18 of 26 passes for 302 yards and four touchdowns as the Bruins defeated the Trail Blazers for the second time this season. Mikey McCauley caught six of Brucker’s passes for 95 yards and two touchdowns.

Creek still ran the ball as Milo Hall rushed for 145 yards on 17 carries and scored one touchdown. Nathan Starks gained 116 yards on 11 totes and scored a pair of TDS for the Bruins who finished with 583 yards of total offense.

Overland was held to 32 yards rushing by the Bruins defense.

Cherry Creek (10-1) moves into a quarterfinal game against Centennial League rival Cherokee Trail (9-2). The game is set for 7 p.m. Nov. 15 at the Stutler Bowl.

The Cougars, last year’s Class 5A state runners-up, lost a league game to Cherry Creek Oct. 4. Cherokee Trail missed an extra point with 29.3 seconds remaining and dropped a 28-27 decision to the Bruins in a game played at Legacy Stadium.

In other second-round Class 5A games played Nov. 8, defending state champion Valor Christian jumped to a 42-3 halftime lead and cruised to a 49-17 triumph over Ralston Valley as the Eagles stretched their state playoff winning streak to 15 games.

Valor (10-1) will continue its quest for a fifth consecutive state title in a Nov. 15 quarterback game against Columbine (10-1). The 7 p.m. game will be played at Valor Stadium.

Eagles quarterback A.J. Cecil completed 19 of 23 passes for 278 yards and four touchdowns. Christian McCaffrey rushed for 121 yards and two scores and caught six passes for 110 yards and a pair of TDs.

McCaffrey, committed to play for Stanford, has scored 32 touchdowns this season

After opening the season 1-1 against two formidable out-of-state opponents, Valor has scored 461 points in the past nine games for an average of 51.2 points a game.

ThunderRidge (10-1), which lost to Valor in last season’s semifinals, romped to a 56-35 win over Doherty at Shea Stadium.

The Grizzlies will play Grandview (7-4) in a Nov. 16 quarterfinal game at Legacy Stadium starting at 1 p.m. ThunderRidge defeated the Wolves, 21-7, in a Sept. 13 non-league game.

Quarterback Brody Westmoreland accounted for seven of the Grizzlies eight touchdowns against Doherty. The 6-foot senior who going to San Diego State to play baseball rushed for 152 yards and four touchdowns and threw three scoring passes.

Undefeated and top-seeded Fairview outscored Douglas County 21-0 in the second half enroute to a 45-17 win over the Huskies in a game played a Boulder’s Recht Field.

Douglas County trailed only 21-17 near the end of the first half and had a first down at the Knights’ 1-yard line. However, the Huskies wound up missing a 31-yard field goal. On its first possession of the second half, Douglas County drove to the Fairview 6-yard line but failed to convert on fourth down.

Standout Douglas County back Trey Smith was held to 87 yards rushing but he did haul in four passes for 81 yards and a touchdown.

Lutheran gave No. 2-seed Palisade all it could handle before dropping a 35-25 decision in a Class 3A first round road playoff game Nov. 9.

The Lions (8-3) trailed only 28-25 but Palisade scored with two minutes remaining to seal the victory.