With the regular season now at the half way point, games take on increased importance as teams jockey for league standing and a good spot in the playoffs. In what was the most exciting weekend thus far in Colorado high school football, filled with big games and big upsets individual performers helped make the difference for their squad.
No performance of the week may have been more crucial than the cool as the other side of the pillow, play of Regis senior QB Spencer Jackson. Jackson a part time starter with limited success for an previously 0-4 Regis squad, made big play after big play as his team beat the mighty Huskies 20-17. Jackson converted numerous third and fourth down plays in the second half to keep drives alive and more importantly keep the Douglas County offense off the field. No conversion was bigger than the fourth and four late in the final quarter on the Douglas County twenty seven yard line. Jackson Rolled right and just at the line of scrimmage as they safety came up to play run, hit a wide open Ryan Frank for the go ahead game winning score.
A second QB who had a big, big night in an upset league win was sophomore Kain Coulter of Boulder High School. In a 45-39 come from behind win over once beaten Overland, Colter had 444 yards of offense and six scores. With the win Boulder is a surprising 2-1 in the tough Centennial League.
Finally, in the biggest game thus far in 4A, Ralston Valley QB Cameron Wright had close to 300 yards a total offense and accounted for three scores as #1 Ralston Valley scored in the fourth quarter to come back and win 29-26 over #2 ranked ThunderRidge. Wright hit tight end Tim Flagolle for a thirty-two yard touchdown and then receiver Brandon Ribble on the two point conversion to get the go ahead, game winning points. On the night, Brandon Ribble averaged forty yards a reception, including an eighty yard catch and run in the first quarter.
Along with these QBs, backs across the state had big nights, none bigger than the show that Darius Turner put on as his Doherty squad defeated Palmer 38-21. On the night, Turner had 398 yards and four scores. With the win, Doherty gets to 3-2 on the season. In a losing cause Jon Burnley of Palmer had over 200 rush yards as well as another big time night in the return game.
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