Fairview's defense stuffed Fossil Ridge's late two-point conversion attempt to preserve a 42-40 win in Fort Collins, and keep the No. 5 Knights (8-0) unbeaten this season.
Senior quarterback Johnny Feauto had another stellar night, including a few of his characteristic creative scores. Feauto finished with three touchdowns, including two passing scores, but did get a scare late when he took a hit and had to miss a few plays while having his knee attended to.
Feauto returned to finish out the win, and indicated afterward that he should be fine.
Fairview, meanwhile, had built a 42-28 lead after three quarters. But Fossil Ridge kept fighting. The SaberCats got a touchdown pass from Mitchell Salmela to Josh Visee, and eventually cut it to 42-40 with 41 seconds to play. Andrew Spraberry then took a handoff up the middle, but a number of Knights were there to meet him.
The ensuing onside kick failed, and Fairview ran out the clock to win.
Spraberry finished with three touchdowns, and 173 yards according to the Fort Collins Coloradoan. Feauto had 445 yards of total offense, according to the paper.
5A: Eaglecrest 23, Cherokee Trail 17
This Centennial League is no joke.
Darian Turner scored what proved to be the winning touchdown on a four-yard run with 6:12 to play as Eaglecrest topped Cherokee Trail 23-18 on Friday night in Class 5A.
Turner had set up the play with a 44-yard reception on a screen. He then recovered a game-sealing fumble deep in Eaglecrest's territory with less than a minute to play.
Though it was back-and-forth for much of the early going, Eaglecrest was able to build a 17-9 lead at halftime. Cherokee Trail chipped away with a field goal in the third quarter, then took an 18-7 lead with 11:25 remaining in the game.
That set the stage for Turner's score, and Eaglecrest's answer.
5A: (6) Regis Jesuit 35, (7) Mountain Vista 7
Alex Barnes rushed for 126 yards and two touchdowns as the Raiders cruised to a win in this top-10 showdown.
Regis quarterback Matt Houghtaling threw for 110 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed for 33 yards.
The Raiders led 28-0 at halftime, and cruised to a win in this top-10 showdown.
6-man: (6) Walsh 76, (5) Kit Carson 52
The two teams combined for 128 points, with Walsh coming out on top.
"It was kind of an introduction to 6-man football, wasn't it?" coach Ronny Tate told Colorado Preps' Scoreboard Show. "They were pretty tough. That wide-open thing, that makes a coach pull his hair out."
5A: Prairie View 42, Denver East 38
Ben Meraz scored the winning touchdown with 39 seconds to play as the Thunderhawks moved to 7-1 this season.
"That last drive, our O-line came up big," Prairie View coach Todd Riccio told the Scoreboard Show. "We had to drive 80 yards. There were two minutes left on the clock when we got the ball back."
It was a back-and-forth game, with Denver East rallying from down 28-16 early in the third quarter to take a 30-28 lead in the fourth. The Angels were clinging to a 38-35 lead prior to Meraz's score.
"I'm still catching my breath from it," Riccio said. "It was a shootout, and it was fun to be a part of."
3A: Northridge 37, Mead 31
Mead led 33-24 late into the fourth quarter before Northridge scored 14 points within a span of 15 seconds to steal a win.
Northridge got a pick-six with 2:24 remaining. On the ensuring kickoff, Northridge recovered a fumble. The Grizzlies scored on the next play, with 2:09 remaining. They held on to win.
"We were lucky tonight. We didn't deserve to win," Northridge coach Jeff Fulton told the Scoreboard Show. "Mead dominated most facets of the game. ... We snatched a victory from the jaws of defeat.
"We're going to wake up in the morning and feel pretty good," he added later. "But we were very fortunate. Our kids just never died. They never gave up."
- In 8-man, No. 2 Caliche beat No. 3 Akron 49-24.
- No. 2 Buena Vista beat No. 8 Rye 40-14 in 1A. "We got a couple of turnovers and kind of changed the momentum," Buena Vista coach Matt Flavin told the Scoreboard Show. "It was a dog-fight there in the beginning, and when that momentum changed over, it definitely helped us out."
- Pine Creek appears to be rolling. 4A's No. 1 team (and defending champion) is now 8-0, with consecutive shutouts under its belt. Last week, it was a 47-0 decision over Liberty. This week, it was 56-0 at Durango.
- Crowley County knocked off 1A No. 10 Limon, 25-0. "I thought our 'D' did a good job getting to the ball ... and making big stops when they had to," Crowley County coach Brandon Roe told the Scoreboard Show.
- St. Mary's upset 2A No. 7 Florence, 42-19.
- Eagle Valley upset 3A No. 6 Delta, 18-7.
- 6-man's Genoa-Hugo/Karval went winless last season (0-8), but is now 4-4 following a 49-13 win over South Park on Friday.
- Worth noting from Thursday night: Palmer Ridge and Air Academy combined for 142 points.
- With Valor Christian's in-state winning streak stopped at 28, we looked up the longest current streaks. In order: 8-man's Dayspring Christian (20), Pine Creek (19) and 1A's Paonia (18). All three won titles last season.