Prep notebook: Discovery Canyon football takes out three-time defending champion Pueblo East

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Inexperienced Discovery Canyon with trademark win

Pueblo East missed a game-winning field goal in the fourth quarter and botched the extra point in overtime.

The new-look starters at Discovery Canyon wouldn't squander the opportunity.

Zach Anderson tied the game in overtime with a 10-yard dash and Cory Gurnett provided the decisive point-after try as the Thunder beat three-time defending champion Pueblo East 35-34 on Thursday night at Dutch Clarke Stadium.

"That cliché, right? About special teams," Discovery Canyon coach Shawn Mitchell said. "They can come back and haunt you. It haunted them."

Discovery Canyon (2-1) looked far different from the team that fell to the Eagles 35-6 in the 3A state title game last December, working in 11 new starters on offense and nine new starters on defense.

First-year quarterback Anderson led the way in the latest rematch with 73 yards and two touchdowns on the ground, and Caleb Grotelueschen had a rushing TD and returned a kickoff for a score for the Thunder, who have won two straight since their 35-point loss to Fruita Monument in Week 1.

Late in the game, Discovery Canyon held Pueblo East out of the end zone and the Eagles missed a 22-yard field goal with 14 seconds remaining. Then in overtime, the Thunder answered Pueblo East's touchdown on their second play of overtime and Gurnett made it 5 for 5 on extra points for the walk-off win.

"We've definitely grown each week, and maybe grown up is a better way to put it," Mitchell said. "I like what we've seen from the guys from Week 1 to Week 2, and from Week 2 to Week 3."

Discovery Canyon sophomore Marshall Pike forced overtime with a 5-yard rush to the end zone with five minutes left in regulation.

The Thunder will host Palmer Ridge (3-0) in Week 4 on Thursday.

TCA overcomes late rally, officiating in win

Two TCA touchdowns were called back by penalties in the second half as D'Evelyn continued to cut into the lead with a potent air attack.

The Titans' flustering disposition was met with a calming approach.

TCA had a late stop on fourth down and then ran out the clock with its grinding run attack as it beat the Jaguars 24-21 on Friday night.

The victory pushed coach Justin Rich to 3-0 on the season.

"We overcame some adversity," said Rich, who took over the program after David Bervig stepped down in the offseason. "The penalties were frustrating but you are kind of relieved that it happened afterward, to get your team into a situation where they're faced with stuff out of their control.

"They had to tighten their chin strap and just go out and play hard."

Brayden Luft had 96 yards two touchdowns on the ground and John Bull had an 88-yard kickoff return that set up another score for the Titans, who had a number of big plays negated by penalties.

Chad Dines threw for 322 yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions for D'Evelyn.

TCA hosts Pueblo Central (0-3) next week.

Thomas does it all for Vista Ridge

The Vista Ridge Wolves just wanted to get the ball into the hands of Jaylen Thomas late into Friday's game.

Who can blame them?

Thomas had two touchdowns, including a 31-yard TD toss in the fourth quarter on his only passing attempt of the season as the Wolves beat Dakota Ridge 28-16.

Thomas, listed as a running back and free safety on MaxPreps, has 202 yards receiving, 234 yards rushing and six total TDs in three games this season for the Wolves (2-1).

"We've had a lot of great athletes come into Vista Ridge and Jaylen is the best athlete I've coached," Wolves coach Jerimi Calip said. "That says a lot."

Vista Ridge took the lead in the fourth on quarterback Rowan Neal's second passing TD of the game and Thomas connected with Chase Mestas to increase the lead to 12.

The Wolves will face Pine Creek (3-0) next week as it looks to snap the defending champs' 14-game winning streak.

Rampart bounces back for homecoming win

Rampart celebrated homecoming with a runaway win over George Washington.

Keion Cross ran for a score and threw his first touchdown of the season as the Rams put up 55 unanswered points in their 55-7 win on Friday night.

Cross now has five scores on the ground and one through the air this season to lead Rampart (3-1), which responded mightily after losing 14-7 to Monarch last week.

"I was real proud of the team for rebounding," Rampart coach Rob Royer said. "We came out a little slow on homecoming but played a real nice second, third and fourth quarter."

The Rams will travel to Ponderosa (3-0) next week.

"They're going to be an incredibly good football team," Royer said of the Mustangs. "It's going to be a great test."