AURORA | In an all-Aurora matchup that could take place again deep in the Class 5A state football playoffs, Cherokee Trail got the better of Regis Jesuit Saturday.
The Cougars lost to the Raiders in the 5A semifinals in 2010, but have won the regular season meeting between the teams in the past two seasons, including the most recent contest at Legacy Stadium, which ended in a 31-17 Cherokee Trail victory.
Senior quarterback Aric Johnson threw for 258 yards and a three touchdown passes — one each to Izaiah Lottie, Dominique Grady and Isaiah Kaiser — and Lottie also scored on the ground for coach Monte Thelen’s Cherokee Trail team, which improved to 3-1 with its third straight victory.
The Cougars came into the game ranked No. 8 in the latest CHSAANow.com coaches/media poll, while the previously unbeaten Raiders were ranked No. 5.
Coach Mark Nolan’s Raiders also sit at 3-1.
Cherokee Trail jumped ahead 10-0 in the second quarter, but Regis Jesuit’s Matt Houghtaling threw a 66-yard touchdown pass to Trevor Williams to cut the margin to three at halftime.
CHEROKEE TRAIL 31, REGIS JESUIT 17
Score by quarters:
Regis Jesuit 0 7 0 10 — 17
Cherokee Trail 0 10 7 14 — 31
Cherokee Trail: Cameron Smith 16-71, Aric Johnson 22-60, Izaiah Lottie 2-10, Evan White 1-2, Jason Thompson 1-1
Cherokee Trail: Johnson 18-24, 253 yards, 3 touchdowns
Cherokee Trail: Lottie 5-103, Thompson 7-86, Dominique Grady 1-27, Cameron Currington 1-13, White 2-10, Isaiah Kaiser 1-10, AJ Johnson 1-4
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