Friday night two of Colorado’s most physical teams squared off in what was one of, if not the best game of the season as Columbine managed to get the final score defeating Pomona 42-35. Key to the win for the Rebels was the play of do it all junior Mikey Griebel. Griebel, offensively scored four times, grabbed a key interception and forced a fumble.
On the offensive side of the ball, in a game that saw nearly 1,000 yards of total offense, Griebel was the star rushing for over 220 yards. As great as Griebel was on offense, his play on defense was crucial forcing a fumble in the first half that stopped a Pomona drive and late in the second half grabbing an interception that set up Jake Lowry’s winning score.
Regarding the game between the physical programs Griebel said, “We had a physical week of practice, knowing it was going to be a dog fight and we told ourselves we had to be the more physical and keep swinging until we came out on top.”
Griebel, who plays running back, defensive back and returns kicks for Columbine, is a utility knife player and spent much of this past offseason on the camp circuit working as a slot receiver, his potential position in college. Regarding recruiting Griebel says, “It is a little quiet right now but I’m hoping North Dakota and Montana State continue to stay interested in me.” Montana State could be the fit, Griebel’s older brother Mitch, a former PrepColorado Player of the Year, is a senior captain for the Bobcats playing as a slot receiver.
The hard fought win over Pomona keeps Columbine unbeaten and with Cherry Creek losing to Grandview, Griebel’s Rebels should move into the #1 spot in 5A football as playoffs fast approach.