Football roundup: Sky the limit for Horizon


It was an interesting opening week in football for Horizon and Holy Family as both came away with impressive victories. The same couldn’t be said, however, for Northglenn, Standley Lake, Thornton and Westminster.

Horizon hosted Prairie View and came away with 32-18 win, with the passing game well intact. The rushing game, however, still needs a bit of work and in a way, this was a come-from-behind win for the Hawks.

Horizon led 17-12 at the half, but trailed 18-17 going into the fourth quarter. It was here that Horizon tallied 15 points to pull out the win.

Horizon quarterback Ayden Karraker completed 10-of-16 passes for 265 yards and three touchdowns. All three scores, by the way, were gathered in by Jacob Dinkel, who came through with 168 yards on his three receptions.  

Parker Strain (2 receptions, 35-yards), Gino Tate (2-25), Taylor Clement (2-19) and Zach Woods (1-18) rounded out the nights catches.

As mentioned, the rushing game was a bit down in the opener. Karraker added 36-yards on the ground on his 13 carries while Keenan Wilson rushed six times for 21. Art Toledo added 19-yards to the ground game.

Defensively, Wes Exum had a fine night coming through with 12 tackles to lead the defenders.

It may have seemed that Holy Family was involved in a basketball game rather than football as the Tigers came through with their 66-47 victory over Mountain View.

Holy Family actually trailed Mountain View, 27-26 at the half. The Tigers scored two touchdowns in the third quarter then broke the game wide open in the fourth quarter with 26 points.

Holy Family’s defense accounted for the Tigers first touchdown of the season. It was here in the first quarter that Ben Lavoie returned a 12-yard fumble recovery for the score with 8:53 left in the quarter. Mountain View counted with 1:46 left as Dennis Landry pulled in an 18-yard pass from quarterback Adam Baumann for the score.

Then it was on to a wild second quarter where each team scored three touchdowns.

Holy Family’s Matt Durnford scored the first one of the period for the Tigers on a five-yard run with 10:56 on the clock. But it didn’t take long for Mountain View to answer as Logan Stewart returned the following kickoff 92-yards for a touchdown – remaining time, 10:45.

There seemed to be no need for time to run down for Holy Family. With 9:49 left in the period, the Tiger’s Bryce Buderus gathered in a 65-yard pass from Chris Helbig.

And, it was a quick quarter-ending experience for both teams in that second quarter.

With 1:14 left, Baumann scored on a 30-yard run. Then with :33-seconds left, he scored again on a four yard run. But with only :07 left in the half, Joey Golter scored on a 23-yard pass from Helbig.

Holy Family’s Ryan Younggreen went the long and short routes for the Tigers in the third quarter. He scored first on a 4-yard run with 7:27 left in the third, then on a 73-yard run with 4:37 remaining.

Once again, it didn’t take long for the opponent to answer. With 2:23 left, Dakota Sedillo scored on a 12-yard pass from Baumann, thus setting the stage for a wild fourth quarter finish.

Helbig scored on a 4-yard run with 10:09 left in the fourth. It was followed by a 17-yard touchdown reception by Mountain View’s Landry from Baumann with 8:02 left. Holy Family quickly answered as Weston Dinsmore caught a 35-yard touchdown pass from Helbig with 5:43 left.

Quickly, Mountain View answered as Jordan Kress returned the ensuing kickoff 88-yards. Holy Family closed out the basketball game, excuse me, football game as Younggreen scored on a 3-yard run with 4:46 remaining, then finished the night with a 2-yard touchdown with 1:20 remaining.

Holy Family will host Discovery Canyon this Friday.

Northglenn’s defense couldn’t put a hold on Vista Ridge running back Eric Stowers, who rushed for 161 yards and scored twice, or quarterback Elway Tubbs, who completed 6-of-8 passes for 161 yards and a pair of touchdowns.  Both touchdowns were to Fernandez-Avila, who also caught a third touchdown pass from Joseph Saling.

Northglenn trailed 47-0 at the half and could never recover. The Norse host Poudre, Sept. 5.

Standley Lake was also shut out in its opener against host Pueblo Central, 20-0. Quarterback Jacob Naranjo completed 12-of-27 passes for 116-yards, but couldn’t find the end zone. Kellen Muller caught four passes for 49 yards, Michael Kerr, who also rushed eight times for a team-leading 31-yards, had three receptions for 30-yards.

Standley Lake plays at Monarch, Sept. 5. 

Adams City put the damper on Thornton’s opening night as the Eagles defeated the Trojans, 21-8. And, the Trojans struggled in their passing and running games.

Ryan Gomez completed 10-of-25 passes for 87 yards for Thornton, but also had a pair of interceptions. Judge Mueller had a better percentage passing, 6-of-7 for 58 yards, but neither had a touchdown pass to their credit. On the receiving end, Chris Rojo caught eight passes for 71 yards.

To make things rougher, Chad Fuhrman was the leading rusher with only 16 yards on the ground. Leading the way in tackles was Anthony Padilla with seven.

Thornton hosts Aurora Central, Sept. 5.

Rangeview sophomore made it tough on Westminster as he carried the football 31 times for 141 yards and a touchdown. The Raiders quarterback, Quaid Vincent, completed 6-of-11 passes for 76 yards while the leading receiver, Areleous Hughes, had only two receptions for 21 yards and a touchdown.

Westminster hosts Hinkley, Sept. 4.


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