Highlights from Friday's high school sports scene around the Pikes Peak region.
1A Playoffs, First Round
Peyton 16, Limon 7
At Peyton: Pikes Peak 2A and Below No. 1 Peyton (10-0) earned the No. 5 seed in the state playoffs and advanced to the quarterfinals after beating No. 12 Limon (6-4). Down 7-0 after a first quarter Limon touchdown, the Panthers fought back. Sophomore Josh Gonzales knocked through a field goal before halftime, and in the second half sophomore quarterback Trevor Walker and junior wide receiver Charles Sparks connected for touchdowns of five and 24 yards to complete the comeback. Peyton will face the winner of No. 4 Bennett and No. 13 Highland, who play Saturday at 1 p.m.
Durango 31, Harrison 7
At D-2 Memorial Stadium: Pikes Peak 3A No. 3 Harrison (6-4, 3-2 South Central) couldn't get the offense going as the Panthers fell to Durango (7-3, 4-1). After a scoreless first quarter, Harrison got on the board first on a 46-yard interception return for a touchdown by senior defensive back Nate Patterson four minutes into the second quarter. But then Durango exploded for 19 points in response before halftime and scored twice in the second half on the way to the win.
Montrose 62, Palmer 14
At Montrose: Palmer fell to 1-9 (1-4 4A Pikes Peak) on the season as Montrose (5-5, 3-2) ran away to win easily. Senior Anthony Grassi led the Palmer offense, with touchdown runs of six and 27 yards while also scoring the two-point conversion. Grassi's touchdown with nine minutes to go in the second quarter cut the Montrose lead to 14-6, but by the time halftime came around, the gap had widened again to 35-14.
Cheyenne Mountain 20, Liberty 14
At Liberty: A touchdown for Cheyenne Mountain with four minutes left was the difference as the Indians (6-4, 2-3 4A Foothills) defeated Liberty (3-7, 1-4). Both teams did most of their scoring in the third quarter, as they combined for 26 of the 34 points in that stretch. Liberty led 14-0 after a 45-yard rushing touchdown from senior running back Cole Pelt and a 22-yard touchdown catch from junior wide receiver Ryan O'Connell. But then Cheyenne Mountain roared back with two touchdowns before the end of the third quarter. A four-yard catch by senior wide receiver Zac Baker with four minutes left put Cheyenne Mountain ahead for good.
Palmer Ridge 63, Vista Peak 32
At Don Breese Stadium: In a game that didn't lack offense, Palmer Ridge (8-2, 5-0 3A East Metro) won its sixth game in a row by defeating Vista PEAK (6-4, 3-2). After touchdowns from four separate Bears, Palmer Ridge took a 28-6 lead into the second quarter. Before halftime, Vista PEAK got back within striking distance at 35-20, but it was all Palmer Ridge from there. Sophomore quarterback Ty Evans threw six touchdown passes and ran for another as Palmer Ridge just kept scoring.
Discovery Canyon 58, Falcon 14
At Falcon: Pikes Peak 3A No. 1 Discovery Canyon (10-0, 5-0 3A Southern) finished off an unbeaten regular season by taking down Falcon (4-6, 3-2). Discovery Canyon jumped out to a 28-0 lead as four different Thunder players scored touchdowns. Up 31-6 at halftime, the Thunder scored four more times to pull away.
Lewis-Palmer 43, Woodland Park 0
At Woodland Park: Pikes Peak 3A No. 2 Lewis-Palmer improved to 9-1 (4-1 3A Southern) by beating Woodland Park (2-8, 0-5). Lewis-Palmer jumped out to a 36-0 lead by halftime, and Woodland Park was unable to get on the board.
Pine Creek 28, Mesa Ridge 0
At C.A. Foster Stadium: Pikes Peak 4A No. 1 Pine Creek (8-2, 5-0 4A Southern) beat Mesa Ridge (6-4, 2-3). Freshman David Moore had three rushing touchdowns (73-yard, 67-yard, and one-yard scores) to lead the Pine Creek offense. The other touchdown came on a 60-yard pass play from senior quarterback Brock Domann to senior wide receiver Damario Portillos.
Air Academy 21, Pueblo Centennial 7
At Air Academy: Air Academy (2-8, 1-4 4A Southern) won its second game of the season by taking down Pueblo Centennial (2-8, 0-5). Senior running back Dylan Ecker had two rushing touchdowns to lead the Kadets in the win.
Valor Chr. 45, Fountain-Fort Carson 0
At Valor Christian: Valor Christian (7-3, 5-0 5A Mount Lincoln), the top-ranked team in 5A according to RPI, shut out No. 14 Fountain-Fort Carson (3-7, 1-4).
However, the Trojans could still reach the postseason if they finish in the top 16 in the RPI and the rankings have rewarded teams despite losing when the opponents are higher in the rankings.
The Eagles threw for 300 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 284 and four scores.
4A Regional Tournament
At Silver Creek: After defeating No. 27 Summit (10-16) 3-1 in the first game, No. 15 Palmer Ridge (18-7) lost in straight sets to No. 10 Silver Creek (22-3) 25-7, 25-15 and 25-16, and did not advance to state. Silver Creek moves on to the state tournament after also beating Summit 3-0.
3A Regional Tournament
At Valley: No. 23 Manitou Springs (12-12) went 0-2 in the regional tournament, ending the Mustangs' season. Manitou fell in the first match of the day to No. 35 Centauri (12-12) in straight sets, 25-23, 25-21 and 25-23. In its second match against No. 2 Valley (20-5), Manitou was swept again, 25-13, 25-10 and 25-12. Valley will move on to the state tournament after also defeating Centauri 3-0.
At St. Mary's: The Pirates (20-5) earned the right to host the regional as the No. 10 seed but couldn't take advantage of the home cooking as No. 15 Delta (20-5) advanced to state. St. Mary's took down No. 27 Kent Denver (15-10) in its first match, 25-23, 25-13 and 25-22, but the Pirates couldn't beat Delta in the second match of the day, losing in straight sets.
Putnicki earns national recognition
Lewis-Palmer senior outside hitter Michaela Putnicki was selected as a 2016 Under Armour All-American, the only volleyball player from Colorado to be named. Putnicki, who has 245 kills this season, is part of the undefeated (23-0) Lewis-Palmer team that will host 4A Region 1 action on Saturday. Putnicki has signed to play for the University of Virginia next year.