High school football came full circle for Liberty quarterback Trevor Halverson and his fellow Lancer seniors in Friday’s game at Cheyenne Mountain.
The Liberty seniors started their prep careers on the Indians’ field as freshman. A 1-8 record going into last Friday’s game guaranteed that’s where they would end it, too.
“Last game, might as well just go hard,” Halverson said, summing up the class’ attitude entering the finale.
Halverson went hard, completing 21 of 34 passes for 279 yards and four touchdowns in a 49-14 win that spoiled the Indians’ senior night and postseason plans.
Most impressive for Lancer coach Marc Sites was his quarterback’s recovery after a rough start.
The Indians scored first before Halverson drove the Lancers into the red zone. The drive ended with an interception on fourth down.
“Him being resilient, not letting that derail him,” Sites answered when asked what stood out most about his quarterback’s performance.
“The next time we got the ball, we took it down and scored.”
Four touchdowns, two Ryan O’Connell and one to Moz Doria, followed as the Lancers cruised.
Halverson finished his senior season with 2,201 passing yards and 21 touchdowns against 11 interceptions and added one rushing score.
The Lancer offense took a sharp turn from Halverson’s junior season, his first as starting quarterback, when Liberty regularly fed running back Cole Pelt. Sites talked Mike Roof, the former Air Academy coach, into joining Liberty’s staff as offensive coordinator.
That meant a change to a rhythm passing scheme that suited the Lancers' personnel.
“It was great,” Halverson said. “I loved it so much. It was so much better than just handing off.”
Halverson also rushed six times for 47 yards in Friday’s win. While he prefers slinging the ball around the field, the quarterback embraces contact on the run.
“I’m more of a fullback that just knows how to throw if anything,” Halverson said. “If I have to run, I like running people over.”
The hope is Friday’s game is not his last. Halverson is hearing from a number of colleges and hopes to garner interest from Division II programs.
“I definitely think he could play in college,” Sites said. “He’s got a lot of the attributes college coaches are looking for. He’s a very good student.”
If Friday turns out to be the last time he strapped into a football helmet competitively, he has a memory to savor.
“That was the best way to end the season. Cheyenne Mountain, that’s where all of us seniors played our first game of high school football, on that field as freshman. And then to end it like that, that was amazing,” Halverson said.
“I don’t even care about record. That game just made the whole season great.”
Other Peak Performers
Brayden Luft, The Classical Academy
The Titans running back came up big in TCA’s playoff win over Aspen on Friday.
The senior racked up 191 rushing yards on 20 carries, good for 9.6 yards per carry, with a touchdown. He added a 34-yard reception and a 9-yard punt return to finish with more than 200 total yards.
Gabriella Peltier, Rampart
Peltier led the Rams to a fourth-place finish at the Class 4A state gymnastics competition.
Her all-around score of 34.525 just edged out teammate Raelyn Kagarise for 12th in the individual standings. Rampart’s team score of 170.775 was less than 10 points back of Elizabeth, the state champion.
Tanner MacKay, Colorado Springs Christian School
MacKay, a senior captain, scored twice to help the Lions beat Delta 3-2 on Saturday and advance to the Class 3A state semifinals.
MacKay’s second-half penalty kick proved to be the game-winning goal. He had a goal and two assists in Tuesday’s win over Dawson School.
Mara Abernathy, Coronado
The 6-foot-1 senior middle hitter helped the Cougars qualify for the 5A state volleyball tournament with a strong showing at regionals.
She opened the weekend with nine kills and a .667 hitting percentage in a sweep of Denver South before putting down 13 balls in another sweep of Dakota Ridge.