AURORA | Like Pomona quarterback Ryan Marquez, a shot at playing for the Class 5A state championship eluded the Regis Jesuit football team Saturday afternoon.
GOLDEN | Photo Gallery from top-seeded Pomona’s 24-7 victory over fourth-seeded Regis Jesuit in a 2016 Class 5A state football playoff game on Nov. 26, 2016, at the North Area Athletic Complex. (Photos by Gabriel Christus/Aurora Sentinel)
A capsule preview of the 2016 Class 5A state semifinal football game between fourth-seeded Regis Jesuit (11-1) and top-seeded Pomona (11-1) scheduled for 1 p.m. Nov. 26 at the North Area Athletic Complex.
The Eaglecrest football team’s undefeated run came to a frustrating end Nov. 18. The Raptors completed a perfect 10-0 regular season, rolled past Chaparral in the opening round of the Class 5A state playoffs and built a two-score lead in the first half of a quarterfinal matchup at Regis Jesuit.
HIGHLANDS RANCH | Trailing Valor Christian by just three points, the Grandview football team appeared to where it needed to be at halftime of Friday night’s Class 5A state playoff quarterfinal. By the end of the third quarter, however, the Wolves found themselves down by 31 points and with the end of their season in sight.
In a tie ballgame, Regis Jesuit’s Jake Heimlicher made a season-changing play Nov. 18. Late in the third quarter of a Class 5A state football quarterfinal playoff contest against Eaglecrest, the extremely active junior defensive end read a screen pass from Raptors quarterback Jalen Mergerson, batted down the ball to keep it from crossing the line of scrimmage, scooped it up and scored the go-ahead touchdown. The fourth-seeded Raiders made the defensive score stand up and held off fifth-seeded Eaglecrest for a 34-24 victory on the frigid turf at Lou Kellogg Stadium, simultaneously grabbing a spot in the 5A semifinals for the first time since 2010 and ending the Raptors’ unbeaten season.
AURORA | The 2016 Class 5A state football playoff scoreboard and schedule.
At least one city team is headed to the semifinals of the Class 5A state football playoffs, the question is which one? Fourth-seeded Regis Jesuit and fifth-seeded Eaglecrest will decide that on the field on the field at Lou Kellogg Stadium at 7 p.m. Nov. 18 after both posted decisive victories in the opening round of the 5A state playoffs.
The way this season’s condensed Class 5A state playoffs were set up, either Grandview or Valor Christian won’t be in the final four. Take a second to let that set in. The reduction in the playoff field from 32 to 16 teams this season has created some abnormally early power matchups and the one between the sixth-seeded Wolves (10-1) and No. 3 and defending state champion Eagles (8-3) definitely stands out.