In a hard fought contest between two of Colorado 5A's best, Cherokee Trail scored two late touchdowns to beat previously undefeated Regis Jesuit.
The game became very interesting with just over five minutes left as Regis recovered their onside kick quickly moved down the field and on a play action pass to AJ Shaw tied the game 17-17.
The Cougars, a veteran squad, paced offensively by senior QB Aric Johnson moved the ball with a nice combination of runs, throws and timely scrambles from Johnson against a tired Raider D. With 2:46 left in the game Johnson hit Isaiah Kaiser on a short touchdown pass putting Cherokee Trail back in the lead 24-17.
Regis, on the ensuing drive, could not get anything going and deep in its own territory was forced to go for it on 4th and 20 and was unable to convert. Cherokee Trail quickly moved the ball, running in a touchdown with 55 seconds to go up 31-17.
On their final possession Regis threw an interception to Cougar All-Stater Evan White, sealing the win for the Cherokee Trail. With the win Regis falls to 3-1 while
Cherokee Trail, winners of three straight, moves to 3-1.
Things do not get easier for Regis as they take on unbeaten
ThunderRidge at home Friday night. Cherokee Trail will see Smoky Hill Thursday night.
After a tough game one loss to Chatfield in which many Cherokee Trail starters sat for disciplinary reasons, the Cougars have regained the form that help move them to the 5A title game last season