McCaffrey, Reinkensmeyer, Morretti, Leyva, some of the biggest names in Colorado high school football were on the field Friday night as Valor hosted Pomona, but it was versatile sophomore Max Borghi who turned the tide as Pomona took out the home standing Eagles 28-14. One the ground, Borghi rushed for 81 yards on five carries and had a 91 yard kickoff return. Beyond Borghi fellow underclassmen back Cameron Gonzales rushed for 90 yards.
Also, the Pomona front seven kept McCaffrey and Valor in check. Brandon Micale, Mark Bobian and Elijah Leyva kept the Eagles bottled up. No rest for Pomona as they next face defending champ Cherry Creek. The winner of that matchup will stand a top 5A.
Cherry Creek, for their part, won a high profile game against Regis Jesuit 17-3. As the score indicates the talented Bruin defense dominated. Seemingly making plays everywhere was senior linebacker Steven O’ Malley. O’Malley forced a fumble and looked to get a piece of every play.
In one of the more entertaining games of the night, Ralston Valley held off Eaglecrest 33-27 despite the play of Eaglecrest sophomore QB Jalen Mergeson and his four TD passes. In the win Ralston RB Kyle Rush had three TDs.
In a bruiser that ended in overtime, Cherokee Trail defeated ThunderRidge 22-15.
In 4A, defending champ Pine Creek needed the spark of JoJo Domann to shake off a determined Falcon squad. Domann had a 61 yard pick 6 and added two other scores in the 35-13 victory. Domann, a Nebraska commit, praised his fellow defenders for their solid performance.
The Pine Creek defense will need another tight game as they next travel to take on Dakota Ridge. Last night Dakota Ridge, paced by senior running back Jeremy Lujan, was a juggernaut putting 38 points up on the road against Monarch. Lujan rushed for 263 yards and had three scores.
Senior Loveland QB Ayden Eberhardt accounted for four scores as his Indians defeated Denver South 36-18.
Senior Wheat Ridge quarterback Gino Tate had four scores and over 200 yards of offensive as his Farmers defeated Littleton 35-6.
D’Evelyn’s senior QB Owen Burke threw 5 TDs passes as his Jaguars defeated Weld Central 56-20. Fellow Jaguar senior Matt Menard rushed for over 220 yards on only eight carries.