Since its inception Valor Christian has dominated Colorado High School football winning multiple state titles. Despite regular season missteps, playing a very difficult schedule during a rebuilding year, Valor started playing its best football of the season in playoffs as sophomore QB Dylan McCaffrey became more efficient and athlete Danny Rambo emerged as one of Colorado’s top big play performers.
Looking to take down Valor was Cherry Creek, one of the most storied programs in Colorado history. Creek, who lost three games this season, like Valor, was playing its best ball during the second half of the season. Cherry Creek, going into the title game, had won six in a row behind a great run game and an ever improving defense.
In the title game something had to give. In a tough struggle that saw the squads tied 10-10 at the end of the third quarter, the final quarter exploded with 29 combined points going back and forth in what became a classic championship game.
In the win senior running back Milo Hall staked his claim as Colorado’s best player rushing for 203 yards and two scores. Starting October 17th in a win over Valor, Creek and Hall have been on a tear. Hall, during the win streak, rushed for over 1,300 yards and scored 16 times. No series of plays was more emblematic of Creek’s success than Hall’s 24 yard highlight reel juke, spin, and pull touchdown. Creek Head Coach Dave Logan, playing to win, went for two, dialed the number of Creek’s power runner D.J. Luke who converted giving the Bruins a late 25-24 lead. A late Cherry Creek interception closed out the classic as the Bruins bought home the title snapping a 28 game win streak for Valor in the playoffs.
Bottomline: This game was great for Colorado high school football! A classic, between a traditional public school power, against a super talented private school, that has dominated during its short history. Further, 5A was super competitive this year as Grandview, another well coached squad with great talent, defeated both Cherry Creek and Valor this season. This game left this fan, loving high school football even more. Further, the game highlighted multiple young men who will take their games to the next level. Hall and Valor’s Rambo were electric. More importantly the game was played super physical, competitively and with class.