HIGHLANDS RANCH | Playing in an absolute downpour Saturday night at Shea Stadium, the Regis Jesuit and Highlands Ranch football teams considered just holding onto the slippery football a victory in the opening half.
The Raiders finally found their traction in the second half, breaking a scoreless tie with 14 third-quarter points on their way to a 24-0 victory over the previously undefeated Falcons in front of fans in the stands armed with trash bags and umbrellas to keep dry.
Junior Kiahn Martinez had another big rushing day for coach Danny Filleman’s 3-1 Regis Jesuit team, as he racked up 179 yards rushing and a pair of touchdowns, while senior Tama Tuitele also got into the end zone against a Highlands Ranch defense eventually worn down by the Raiders’ line. Pierce Thrasher connected on a 27-yard field goal in less than ideal kicking conditions for Regis Jesuit.
Senior quarterback Justin Lamb attempted just eight passes on the day and completed three of them for the Raiders, who rushed for nearly 200 yards.
Defensively, Regis Jesuit shut out a team that averaged 36 points per game in its first three contests and hadn’t been shut out since midway through the 2015 season when the Raiders also did it.
Senior Patrick Roe picked off two passes and senior Levi Rush picked up a fumble caused by senior Jake Heimlicher for Regis Jesuit, which returns to action at 7 p.m. Sept. 19 at Lou Kellogg Stadium against Mountain Vista (2-2).
DENVER EAST 50, HINKLEY 19
The Thunderbirds stayed close with the visiting Angels for awhile at Aurora Public Schools Stadium, but big plays eventually made for a 31-point loss.
Denver East scored twice in the last 1 minute, 58 seconds, of the opening half to turn a seven-point game into a 22-point contest at the break.
Coach Michael Farda’s Hinkley team (1-3) got a pair of touchdowns from senior Calvin Pope — one rushing, one receiving on a pass from sophomore JJ Lee — while senior Taywon Bryant also got into the end zone.
Pope rushed for 120 yards and Bryant 59 to go with 109 yards through the air for Lee.
The Thunderbirds meet rival Aurora Central (0-4) at 4:30 p.m. Sept. 28 at APS Stadium.
ARVADA WEST 49, SMOKY HILL 0
A week after they snapped a 16-game losing streak, the Buffaloes were unable to keep up with the high-flying Wildcats at Legacy Stadium.
Coach John Trahan’s Smoky Hill team dropped to 1-4 going into a bye week which is the result of playing in Zero Week.
The Buffaloes return to action at 7 p.m. Oct. 6 against Doherty at Garry Berry Stadium in Colorado Springs.