Football roundup: Obinnah helps Grandview outlast Eaglecrest in overtime

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Chukwuma Obinnah, pictured during a game against ThunderRidge earlier this season. (Tim Visser/TimVisserPhotography.com)

Grandview's Chukwuma Obinnah had a four-yard touchdown in overtime to lift the Wolves to a 34-27 overtime win against Eaglecrest on Friday night.

Obinnah finished with 261 yards and five touchdowns on 39 carries.

The night nearly belonged to Eaglecrest, which played the Wolves incredibly tight. The game was tied 7-7 at the half and Grandview led 14-13 after three quarters. The Wolves looked to have the game all but locked up when Obinnah made it 27-19 with 1:20 to play on his fourth touchdown.

But Eaglecrest wouldn't go quietly. Though a 65-yard touchdown pass at the start of the drive was called back on a penalty, Eaglecrest marched down to Grandview's 14-yard-line with 12.1 seconds remaining. Then, the Raptors scored as time expired and converted a two-point conversion to tie the game at 27.

That led to overtime, and Obinnah's winning score.

Grandview, ranked No. 3 in 5A, is now 5-0 to start the season.

3A: D'Evelyn 34, Lewis-Palmer 33

It seems we can't go a week this season without updating the state record book in some fashion. Once again Friday, it was the single-game passing mark under assault.

D'Evelyn quarterback Owen Burke threw for 535 yards and five touchdowns. That is now No. 5 all-time, and is the third time this season a quarterback has cracked the top-10. Holy Family quarterback Chris Helbig threw for 491 on Sept. 5, and Air Academy's Adam Brown broke the state record last week by throwing for 589 yards.

Meanwhile, Burke's main target, Cameron Brown, had 316 receiving yards and caught all five scores. Both figures are tied for third-best in state history.

Lewis-Palmer running back Charley Young, meanwhile, rushed for 331 yards and four touchdowns on 32 carries in the loss.

When the night ended, the two teams had combined for 1,111 yards of total offense, which is now the eighth-most in state history.

3A: (5) Rifle 36, (3) Delta 19

Rifle jumped all over Delta early, leading 10-0 after the first quarter, and then cruised to the win.

In fact, by the time Rifle led 16-0 midway through the second quarter, Delta didn't yet have a first down, according to the Glenwood Springs Post-Independent.

Rifle running back Brock Clark had three total touchdowns.

"We had to fight for everything we got, so I’m extremely proud that, if we have to do that we were still able to score 36 points," Rifle coach Damon Wells told the Post-Independent.

2A: (4) Platte Valley 38, (5) Eaton 14

The defending 2A champions notched an important league win over a rival on Friday.

"Fantastic atmosphere," Platte Valley coach Troy Hoffman Colorado Preps' Scoreboard Show. "Football's crazy. Anytime you're playing such a big game, a rivalry game like this, and then also a league opener, it just added to the atmosphere and I'm very, very happy to come out on top tonight."

4A: (8) Greeley West 31, Greeley Central 14

The Spartans are now 5-0 after going 1-9 last season.

"Really, it started in December, just working in the offseason and changing our offense a little bit," Greeley West coach Jason Renouf told the Scoreboard Show. "We really hit the weight room hard, and our kids have really bought into what we're selling to them. It's been great to be a part of."

6-man: (4) Peetz 42, (3) Fleming 28

Peetz jumped out to a 28-0 lead at halftime and cruised from there.

"I think we sent a message to everyone else in the conference that we're to reckon with," coach Scott Sorensen told the Scoreboard Show. "I know Pawnee's got a really strong team; we still have Weldon Valley on our schedule, too. If we're going to finish this out, we have to stay focused and play good football."

Peetz is now 4-1 this season.

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5A: (8) Cherry Creek 23, (9) Cherokee Trail 0

The Bruins cruised out to a 17-0 lead midway through the second quarter and never looked back.

Henry Lyon kicked three field goals — 48, 23 and 20 yards — Milo Hall had a 2-yard rushing touchdown, and Joseph Parker caught a 12-yard score.

Cherry Creek improved to 3-2 this season. Cherokee Trail is also now 3-2.

8-man: (4) Akron 20, (5) Merino 12

The Rams won a physical top-10 game on Friday. Akron is now 5-0.

"I knew going into the season that we were going to be young, but I knew were going to go have some talent," Akron coach Jerome Weers told the Scoreboard Show. "I think to some extent, they've even exceeded at times my expectations. ... They can play real well when they want to, and they play well as a group, and I couldn't be prouder of them."

Notables

  • Two more running backs rushed for six touchdowns: Dakota Ridge's Jeremy Lujan (who also had more than 300 yards), as well as Montrose's Mike Rocha. They are the third and fourth players to do that this season.
  • Doherty running back TeQuan Baker went for 272 yards and four touchdowns in a 28-14 win over Castle View. Doherty is now 5-0.
  • Big plays: Sterling's Ethan Rose hit Brennan Skerjanec on a 96-yard touchdown pass, and Longmont's Ethan Gabrielle had a 92-yard score.
  • Columbine's Jake Lowry threw four touchdowns in his team's 56-35 win over Mullen. Yes, that's correct. Surprisingly, though, that's not a school record for the traditional rush-happy offense. That belongs to former Rebel great Danny Spond, who threw five against Thomas Jefferson in 2009. Still, Lowry's performance even had former Columbine great and current Denver Broncos player Ryan Miller weighing in.
  • Adams City beat Aurora Central 24-21 and is now 4-1 for the first time since 2005, when the team actually started 4-0. The move to 4A has really helped the program. For perspective on the turnaround: Adams City won four total games from 2006-2013, going 4-76 over that span. One of those wins was a forfeit.
  • Air Academy had itself another wildly offensive game, and once again, the Kadets fell short. A week after losing 68-62 to Sand Creek, they lost 76-41 to Canon City. Canon City's Trenton Stringari rushed for 255 yards and five touchdowns, according to the Canon City Daily Record. A week after breaking the state's passing record, Air Academy quarterback Adam Brown threw for 352 yards and two touchdowns. Teammate Jalen Etsep had two kickoff returns for a score: 97 and 96 yards. Canon City's Dacian Sullivan also had a kickoff return for a score (87 yards), part of a three touchdown night.
  • Mountain Vista moved to 5-0 with a 21-17 win over rival ThunderRidge. It is the first time in school history the Golden Eagles have won that game in nine tries. Vista quarterback Brock Rubley threw for 327 yards and two touchdowns, while Matt Yockey had 18 tackles and two sacks.
  • There were two instances where cross-town rivals played for the first time Friday: Longmont beat Silver Creek 42-21, while Chaparral beat Legend 33-30.
  • More rivalries: Heritage beat Arapahoe 23-14 for the Milk Can, while Harrison beat Sierra 25-9. It is Sierra's first loss.
  • Green Mountain led Wheat Ridge 14-7 and 20-14 in the fourth quarter, but the Farmers rallied to take a 29-20 win.
  • In a game we previewed this week, No. 9 Berthoud moved to 5-0 with a 17-7 win over Erie in 3A.
  • Fountain-Fort Carson edged Douglas County 21-20 in overtime. FFC totally turned things around at halftime, when the Trojans were being shutout and had just one first down. Later, they rallied from down 13-7 with seven minutes to play.
  • Rangely topped Hayden in overtime, 20-14. Hayden made a goal-line stop to even get to overtime, but Rangely prevailed.
  • Palmer beat Sand Creek 35-28 in overtime to win on homecoming. Sand Creek tied the game with a touchdown in the final moments to force overtime.
  • Platte Canyon, No. 10 in 1A, beat Front Range Christian 29-0 to move to 4-1. "We preach that we're going to try to improve every week," Platte Canyon coach Mike Schmidt told the Scoreboard Show. "We're young still, we've only got five seniors, so we feel like we've still got a long way to go, and a lot of improving to do."
  • On its debut week in the 5A top-10, No. 10 Rocky Mountain beat Horizon 31-20.
  • In 3A, No. 8 Lamar beat No. 9 St. Mary's 25-10.
  • Glenwood Springs upset 3A No. 10 Palisade, 17-10. It was sealed by a hard count which drew Palisade offside.
  • Hotchkiss knocked off 1A No. 7 Cedaredge, 27-13.

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