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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
#10 Conner Cummiskey 11/22 passing and 142 yards with 1 INT
#3 Terrance Ferguson 8/141/TD
#26 Caden Downs 3/-minus 1
#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
#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
#6 Kevin Lukasiewicz 15/29 221 yards 0 TD with 1 INT
#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
#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
#11 Adam Bakke 4/30.5 average
AHS 7-10-7-0 (24)
HHS 7-7-0-14 (28)
HHS 16 Trophy Titles
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303GONZO.COM preps reporter & Blogtalk Radio “Gonzo” Darrell Gonzales spotlights high school football teams. Team profiles will focus on teams making strides across Colorado and #GonzoWatchList players in the state. Starting July 30, @303Gonzo will unveil the @303Gonzo Top players to eye, leading up to kickoff on Thursday, Aug. 23.

Head coach – Mike Sirko

How they fared in 2017: Overall 2-8 League 1-4 Bookend wins started and ended on a good note as they rebuild in 2018.

2018 Regular Season Schedule:

8/25 12:00p
Game Details: Stocker Stadium
8/31 7:00p
Game Details: Montrose High School
9/7 7:00p
Game Details: Stocker Stadium
9/13 7:00p
Game Details: Stocker Stadium
9/21 7:00p
Game Details: Stocker Stadium
10/5 7:00p
Game Details: Stocker Stadium
10/12 4:00p
Game Details: Jeffco Stadium
10/20 12:00p
Game Details: Jeffco Stadium
10/25 4:00p
Game Details: Stocker Stadium
11/2 7:00p
Game Details: Jeffco Stadium

Biggest storyline: 3 of the final 4 contests in conference play are on the road to Jeffco Stadium, OUCH! So the wheels on the bus will go round and round in October and early November to the tune of nearly 800 miles total and 4 hours per trip each way. So the I-70 series will be the storyline when games matter the most.

Names to watch this season: Donovan Andrus DE, AJ Mariz QB, Freddy Castillo, Caid Lopez, Jack Gillfilian and Dillon Smith

Biggest holes to fill: Loosing a senior QB, RB and WR always hurts but some underclassmen are ready to fill those cleats. So the offense might start slow and have to rely on a stout defense.

Gonzo’s Early Take: GJ has a strong core group of seniors and juniors who have worked hard this past offseason, led by senior defense end Donovan Andrus who has stepped up and has been a huge leader this past spring and summer. At Qb, AJ Mariz has really stepped into his role on the team that lost its QB to graduation. The tigers are going to to be very strong defensively as they have a number of players returning and looking to make a mark and spark this team to victory. The defense is the jewel of the team with a steady linebacker group who will lead the way in a 4-2 defensive look. Offensively GJ will be look to a weathered and veteran offensive line to bring the ground game to life. Look for Donovan Andrus to lead the OL from the Guard position and may never leave the field. Andrus is involved in every aspect of GJs game plan. Players to watch on the offensive side of the ball are Carson Loveridge at RB, AJ Mariz at QB, Dillon Smith and Jack Gillfilian at WR. We are looking for the Tigers to win at least 6 games but we also know we have a gauntlet with Fruita, Bear Creek and Chatfield is tough but if the early wins come it will build confidence and the program back to its winning ways. Circle Rivalry game September 21 as Stocker Stadium will be rocking.

#GONZOWATCHLIST to be featured in August Football magazine. List prepared for Spring evaluations.

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