Football roundup: Legend upsets Regis Jesuit in 5A top-10 matchup

(Corey Guildner)

Legend picked up a major top-10 win on Friday night.

The Titans, ranked No. 10 in Class 5A, built on a hot start en route to a 31-7 road upset of No. 7 Regis Jesuit.

The win was led by seniors Kalen Shoemaker and Connor Eise, who each had two touchdowns: Shoemaker with one throwing and one rushing, and Eise with two on the ground.

Legend is now off to a 3-0 start for the second consecutive season, and the win marked a program first for the Titans, who had yet to beat Regis Jesuit. The schools met each of the past two seasons.

Five minutes in, Legend took a 7-0 lead when Eise snuck in on the left side from 1-yard out.

Then early in the second quarter, on third down, Shoemaker rolled to his right and threw back left, finding Carter Helfrich on a 10-yard score that made it 14-0.

A few minutes after that, Shoemaker dashed 90 yards on the ground to make it 21-0.

Regis scored just before halftime to cut the lead to 21-7 when Dervin Taylor scored up the middle from 10 yards out.

Legend added a 25-yard field goal from Caden Smith, and it was 24-7.

In the fourth, Eise capped the scoring with a 25-yard touchdown.

6-man: (1) Fleming 32, (5) Prairie 8

Scoreless at halftime, and a one-score game after three quarters, Fleming broke things open to come up with a major top-5 win on Friday night.

"We did some things well, and there's some things we definitely have to work on, but I guess we did enough well," Fleming coach John King told the Scoreboard Show.

A defensive struggle through the first two quarters, Fleming scored two touchdowns in the first minute of the third quarter to go up 16-0.

"We finally kind of settled down and started executing better offensively, and then really had all the momentum in the world," King said. "The next two possessions in a row, we turned the ball over. We could have really taken the game over, but we just kept shooting ourselves in the foot and let them hang around."

Prairie scored two minutes after that, making it 16-8 heading to the final frame.

Fleming scored on the third play of that fourth quarter, pushing their lead to 24-8, and added a final score with 4:31 to play on fourth down.

"It was a really nice battle for us," King said. "We had some kids who are starting for us the first time this year."

2A: (3) Sterling 31, (5) Platte Valley 21

Kaeden Sheets threw four touchdowns as Sterling held off a rally from Platte Valley to win the top-5 battle.

Sheets' big night started off with three first-quarter touchdowns, two to Tucker Myers, as the Tigers built an 18-0 lead.

Sterling's lead grew to 24-7 with 6:12 to play in the third quarter when Sheets found Jackson Keil from 6 yards out.

Platte Valley rallied. McDaniel had a 2-yard run with 4:35 left in the third, and two minutes after that, McDaniel hit Lauer for a 12-yard score to make it 24-21.

In the fourth quarter, Peyton Rose sealed the game with an 8-yard run.

3A: (5) Mead 35, (6) Fort Morgan 0

A week after dropping a tough game to Roosevelt in OT, No. 5 Mead rebounded in a big way with a win over No. 6 Fort Morgan.

"It was a fun night to be a part of Mead," Mead coach Jason Klatt told the Scoreboard Show.

Find a complete photo gallery from the game here.

Notables

  • Gunnison won its first varsity game since 2016, 20-7, over Cedaredge.
  • In double overtime, Windsor beat Erie 38-32. "Different players stepped up at different times and made big plays," Windsor coach Chris Jones told the Scoreboard Show. "It was a wonderful team effort on defense." The Wizards are now 3-0.
  • 8-man No. 1 Sedgwick County won its 20th consecutive game, the longest streak in the state, with a 60-14 win over No. 10 Haxtun.
  • In their first game of 2020 following a two-week quarantine, 4A No. 3 Pine Creek beat 5A Chaparral 17-7.
  • In the annual Whistle Game, 2A No. 4 Lamar beat rival La Junta 43-14 after building a 28-0 lead. "We started out pretty fast. We were able to grab some pretty big chunks there," coach Jason Tice told the Scoreboard Show.
  • 3A No. 4 Lutheran was impressive in a top-10 game for the second consecutive week, this time beating No. 7 Palisade 54-24.
  • After moving up to No. 1 this week, Roosevelt beat Thompson Valley 42-0 in 3A.
  • In 5A, Douglas County beat Doherty 27-24 on a last-second field goal.

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