Category Archives: Colorado Football

Somebodys “0”h has gotta to go…

Somebodys “0”h has gotta to go;
3-0 will be 3-1 or 2-0 to 2-1?
10 teams in 5A and 4A are undefeated.
Here is a look at some teams with the goose egg in wins or losses so the big questions is who is the contender or pretender. RPI has been released so winning games is no guarantee for post season, PERIOD.
On Monday we would have said the top 10 teams probably would be favored to win but now RPI muddied up the waters.
* Cherry Creek (3-0) @ Pomona (2-1) – Thursday
CC is loaded and Pomona is on a rebound from a suspect Valor team many are wondering how they are undefeated but will be tested Friday
* Ralston Valley (3-0) @ Loveland (2-0) – Thursday
5A versus 4A and Loveland did not benefit from RPI.
* Horizon (0-3) @ ThunderRidge (3-0)
TR beat FV last week and many asked why we picked that game to view LIVE, well who’s your daddy? TR is #1 in RPI and Horizon is better than most will admit or know if they just scoreboard watch.
* Columbine (3-0) at Highlands Ranch (1-2)
Uh, playoffs last 2 seasons and HRHS schedules the Rebels for homecoming? Yeah flip my wig!
* Prairie View (0-3) @ Smoky Hill (3-0)
Culture change is good, unless the wheels fall off Smoky goes to 4-0 on what most likely will be a 10-0 season. Reminds me of 4 years ago in the Metro South of AHS and Westminster 10-0 to get waxed in the playoffs but don’t discount Tommy T.
* Eaglecrest (3-0) @ Legacy (0-3)
Coachless after game 1 and Looney has the Raptors rolling. Legacy is struggling and the DC of EC coached with the HC when he was the OC at HRHS so can we say EC will be 4-0… YES!
* Poudre (1-2) @ Cherokee Trail (3-0)
Well the wheels on the bus go round and round for the #FOCO team and the long hall will be interesting as Poudre might shock CT.
* Wheat Ridge (1-1) @ Arvada West (3-0)
4A versus 5A, enough said as AW will be 4-0
* Pine Creek (3-0) @ Valor Christian (3-0)
PC might recall 2011 and the pasting VC put on them 66-10 in 2011 4A state title game. 5 sub 11 track guys for PC will test a suspect VC defense that has not been tested. 4-0 is a no go if Joe does not play. Joe Davis is the CU verbal that could put up 200 yards if healthy but our inside information says he’s on the shelf. Expect VC to unleash havok game 6 when transfers become eligible.
* Fountain Fort Carson (1-2) @ Grandview (3-0)
Saturday
Well now probably the most entertaining 5A contest as FFC is playing an aggressive schedule and GV needs to prove the doubters they are for real. Last year they knocked off VC but now its a matter of what Wolves team will show up on game day.
4A
* Pine Creek (3-0) at Valor Christian (3-0)
(See Above)
* Pueblo East (3-0) at Pueblo West (2-1)
Yeah buddy! P-Town football. Arguably the best 4A of the week.
* Fruita Monument (1-1) at Chatfield (3-0)
Western slope team comes East so the Chargers need to be ready for a team we liked all off season.
* Golden (2-0) at Standley Lake (1-1)
Is Golden for real or will SL steal one?
* Skyline (2-0) at Brighton (2-1)
Skyline has talent and the Bulldogs need to make things happen.
* Greeley Central (2-0) @ Longmont (1-1)
GC is a team that will surprise many but Longmont needs a week 3 win.
* Gateway (0-3) @ Vista Peak (2-0)
VP lost some talents to fluid transfer but Gateway is trying hard to get a DUB so this will be a great neighborhood contest.

3A
* Grand Junction Central (2-1) at Palisade (2-0)
Big time football here as both are solid squads.
* Harrison (2-0) at Pueblo Centennial (2-0)
Long travels for a ball game but will be a thriller.
* Bayfield (3-0) at Durango (1-2)
Bayfield playing up, welcome to big boy football.
* Discovery Canyon (3-0) at Holy Family (2-0)
Who is for real? Both in a quest to pull out of the pack.
* Thomas Jefferson (2-0) at Fort Morgan (2-0)
TJ is a #RPI #1 so we featured them in a SPOTLIGHT and well Ft. Morgan needs to prove their salt.
2A
* Pagosa Springs (1-2) at Basalt (2-0)
* Buena Vista (2-0) at Salida (3-0)
* Platte Valley (3-0) at Eaton (2-0)
* Kent Denver (2-0) at La Junta (3-0)
1A
* Clear Creek (1-1) at Peyton (2-0)
* Meeker (1-1) at Limon (2-0) – Saturday
* EIGHT MAN
A8
* Vail Christian (2-0) at Rangely (3-0)
* Akron (2-1) at Sedgwick County (2-0)
* Sargent (2-0) at Mancos (2-0) – Saturday
* Simla (2-0) at Custer County (2-0) – Saturday
A6
* Otis (2-0) at Flagler/Hi Plains (2-0)
* Walsh (1-1) at Cheyenne Wells (2-0)
* Peetz (1-1) at Stratton/Liberty (2-0) – Saturday

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The Milk Jug goes to the Eagles

The Arapahoe Warriors and Heritage Eagles have been competing against each other since 1972 for the Brookridge Trophy, originated from the Brookridge Dairy Farm and acknowledges all that the farm did for the growth of Littleton from 1925-1948. However, the contest has become to be commonly referred to as the Milk Jug trophy. A series of annual games which intensified when the rivalry jug was created in 1996. Since the 1972 inception they did not play the match up 4 times, 1990, 1991, 2008 and 2009. If you gander at the photo or see the trophy up close you will notice that the black name plates are Arapahoe victories and the red signifies an Eagles victory.
Prior to the contest on September 7th, 2018 the series has been one sided as HHS has won 15 and AHS has 28 series victories. In 2014 HHS won the Milk Jug and prior to that in 2007. On Friday the Heritage Eagles would add their name to the Brookridge Dairy Farm Trophy and claim number 16. So in 46 years the tradition of the game continues as HHS is now a 4A team, due to enrollment and AHS is a 5A classification team. Regardless after the clock struck 0:00 the Eagles of Heritage were victorious and it was a sea of red on the field as well over 6,000 fans witnessed an exciting community game. The schools are less than 3 miles apart and share the same field in LPS Stadium. So this was as big as it gets for excitement in the Littleton or Centennial footprint for high school football.

The game was exciting from the start as AHS deferred the kickoff to the second half and HHS went on offense first. The Eagles did not mess around by tossing a 60 yard TD pass from #10 Conner Cummiskey to #3 Terrance Ferguson and the PAT was good by #15 Elise Chaffin to go up 7-0 on the opening drive at 11:41 of Q1. Both teams battled in Q1 but at the :45 mark AHS got on the board as #6 Kevin Lukasiewicz tossed a 5 yard pass to #21 Jalen Thomas and the PAT by #18 Jaden Schmeling was good to even the contest at 7 a side to end the quarter.


The second quarter was again exciting as defenses prevailed but at 7:20 #6 Kevin Lukasiewicz would use his legs to run, rather dive in for a TD and again the PAT by #18 Jaden Schmeling was good and AHS took a 14-7 lead. A few minutes later HHS would not be denied as #1 Gianni Palazzo would scamper in from 11 yards and his brother #19 Cristiano Palazzo  would get the PAT to even the contest at 14. AHS would stall in the red zone but relied on the leg of #18 Jaden Schmeling for a 28 yard field goal with :03 on the clock and gain much needed points. AHS went into halftime and the lead 17-14 and the crowd was in for a thriller.


The second half and 3rd quarter was dominated by the Warriors defense as they shutout the Eagles. Meanwhile at the 8:53 mark of Q3 AHS would sustain a long drive capped off by #5 Charlie Fetterly and a 2 yard TD run with a PAT by #18 Jaden Schmeling to advance the score 24-14 Warriors.

Moving onto the 4th quarter it would be another defensive battle in the trenches but the Eagles would not quit and got an impressive 25 yard TD run by #20 Grayson Gallardo and  #15 Elise Chaffin would add the PAT to cut the deficit to 3 with a 24-21 score. The game all night was marred by penalties and miscues as the offenses struggled to avoid the flags namely holding and a variety of personal fouls. However, the biggest break came with about 4 minutes to play when a QB to RB exchange deep in Arapahoes territory proved to be costly. The ball was bobbled around the field and #11 Everett Darrington would recover the ball on the 5 yard line. Seconds later at the 3:55 mark of Q4 #1 Gianni Palazzo would scamper right in from 5 yards out and his brother #19 Cristiano Palazzo  would get the PAT to take the lead for good at 28-24. The Milk Jug will now reside at 1401 W Geddes Ave, Littleton, CO 80120 or the home of the Heritage Eagles for the 2018 season.

Competing Cousins: Hayden, Brodie & Zach Gonzales with HHS HC

The biggest take aways from this contest were stingy defenses, multiple personal fouls and miscues that led to points. #11 Everett Darrington of HHS would impress with 5 tackles, 1 interception and 1 fumble recovery that led to the lead and victory. Meanwhile for AHS #24 Chris Petrides continues to dominate as he had 7 tackles and  1 interception on the night. In the end it was a fantastic night for a ball game in Littleton and many were entertained by neighborhood football. Every contest unfortunately has a winner and a looser but the winners tonight were the players on the field that knew one another from little league or the neighborhood. While the Eagles became victorious it was a win for both sides as it was more of a friendly rivalry. In addition there were competing cousins, 2 from HHS and 1 from AHS that shared the post game moment as they hugged and took a photo post game together. All in all it was a good night for football and the individuals that contributed that are being added to the #GWL or #GonzoWatchList.

Game Stats:
HHS Team
11-1st downs
24 rushes for 51 yards
11/22 passing and 142 yards with 1 INTs
12/112 penalties and 4 personal fouls
193 yards of total offense
Individuals
Passing
#10 Conner Cummiskey 11/22 passing and 142 yards with 1 INT
Receiving
#3 Terrance Ferguson 8/141/TD
#26 Caden Downs 3/-minus 1
Rushing
#1 Gianni Palazzo 10/50/2 TDs
#30 Will Allen 6/17/lost fumble
#20 Grayson Gallardo 1/25/TD
#10 Conner Cummiskey 6/0 yards
#26 Caden Downs 1/7
Punting
#7 Jack Leibold 3/36 average

AHS Team
17-1st downs
30 rushes for 90 yards
15/29 passing with 1 INT
8/90 penalties and 3 personal fouls
311 yards of total offense
Individuals
Passing
#6 Kevin Lukasiewicz 15/29 221 yards 0 TD with 1 INT
Receiving
#21 Jalen Thomas 4/87
#28 Xavier Harrell 2/80
#15 Max Wilson 3/33
#26 Noah Aldawud 2/5 with 1 TD
#4 Connor Benson 2/4
#11 Adam Bakke 1/7
#5 Charlie Fetterley 1/3
Rushing
#28 Xavier Harrell 10/63 *Penalty (11/144)
#6 Kevin Lukasiewicz 10/-Minus 1
#4 Connor Benson 5/13
#5 Charlie Fetterley 3/8
#13 Max Roose 1/5
#7 Payne Stiteler 1/2
Punting
#11 Adam Bakke 4/30.5 average
FINAL BOX SCORE
AHS 7-10-7-0 (24)
HHS 7-7-0-14 (28)
HHS 16 Trophy Titles
75
78
79
80
84
85
86
87
92
95
96
99
03
07
14
18
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