Chatfield football rallies past rival Dakota Ridge to win fifth straight

Chatfield kicker Andrew Mangold (85) watches a success field goal attempt Friday at Jeffco Stadium. (Tanya Wheeler-Berliner/Jeffco Public Schools)

Chatfield kicker Andrew Mangold (85) watches a success field goal attempt Friday at Jeffco Stadium. (Tanya Wheeler-Berliner/Jeffco Public Schools)

Story by Tanya Wheeler-Berliner/Jeffco Public Schools

LAKEWOOD — Chatfield took one step closer to wrapping up the Class 4A Plains League title Friday night at Jeffco Stadium.

The Chargers, No. 2 in the CHSAANow.com 4A football poll, defeated South Jeffco-area rival Dakota Ridge 36-29 to take sole possession of the conference race. Chatfield (8-1, 4-0 in league) is one game ahead of Dakota Ridge (5-4, 3-1) and Heritage (6-3, 3-1) with one week remaining in the regular season.

Chatfield can sweep through the conference and extend its winning streak to six games when the Chargers face Heritage at 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4, at Jeffco Stadium. Dakota Ridge closes it regular season on the road against Adams City next Friday night.

Dakota Ridge did give Chatfield a scare days before Halloween. The Eagles jumped on top early in the first quarter with a 39-yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback Drew Dominic to senior Keenan Brown.

Chatfield's students section was able to cheer after the Chargers rallied to win 36-29. (Tanya Wheeler-Berliner/Jeffco Public Schools)

Chatfield's students section was able to cheer after the Chargers rallied to win 36-29. (Tanya Wheeler-Berliner/Jeffco Public Schools)

Chatfield responded quickly when senior Tylor Rowles scored his first of three touchdowns of the night. Chatfield’s Andrew Mangold nailed a 36-yard field goal, increasing the lead 10-6, but Dakota Ridge answered with a touchdown run by senior John McEwen with 35 seconds left in the second quarter to give the Eagles a 12-10 lead at halftime.

Dakota Ridge started the second half on fire, scoring 10 unanswered points with a 27-yard field goal by senior kicker Harper Silliman and then a 92-yard pass from Dominic to senior receiver Jonathan Freddilino.

Dominic connected with David Brandt on a 4-yard touchdown pass with 58 seconds left in the third quarter to put the Eagles up 29-17.

Dakota Ridge's students section cheers Friday night at Jeffco Stadium. (Tanya Wheeler-Berliner/Jeffco Public Schools)

Dakota Ridge's students section cheers Friday night at Jeffco Stadium. (Tanya Wheeler-Berliner/Jeffco Public Schools)

Then, the momentum began to shift. Rowles ran for a 69-yard touchdown to cut Dakota Ridge’s lead to 29-24.

Dakota Ridge fumbled the ensuing kickoff at the beginning of the fourth quarter which led to another Mangold field goal, narrowing the Eagles’ lead to 29-27.

Another Dakota Ridge turnover set up the Chargers for the go-ahead touchdown. Rowles found the end zone for the third time to give Chatfield a 33-29 lead.

Mangold kicked through a 23-yard field goal with 28 seconds left in the fourth quarter to ice the game and complete a run of 19 unanswered points by Chatfield to end the game.