Football: Cherokee Trail knocks Regis Jesuit from ranks of unbeaten in Aurora showdown


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 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.


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

Courtney Oakes is Sports Editor of the Aurora Sentinel. Reach him at 303-750-7555 or [email protected] Twitter: @aurorasports. Facebook: Aurora Prep Sentinel


  1. We understand how you feel class13. We have had several students and players among our friends and family. We would love to attend the games and support the players and the school but can not bring ourselves to root for a coach who has proven himself to be such a despicable and disingenuous man. Nolan certainly has caused a lot of alumni and others to keep their distance.

  2. Sure, Nolan is a fraud and a hypocrite but get over it and support the boys.
    Our son is a player, he and MOST of the other players (the smart ones) have Nolan figured out and play for the school, their families, and the school not for him. Sometimes a bad example can be as effective as a good one. I think they have figured that out

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