Prep notebook: Harrison, Palmer Ridge football among small group of unbeatens

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Harrison football preserves perfect record

Harrison stayed perfect on the season despite falling into an early hole in its 33-14 win over Pueblo Central on Friday.

Its star running back, Aumiere Shedrick, also appears to be fine after leaving in the fourth quarter with an ankle injury.

The junior back, who ran for 119 yards and scored twice before his departure, is expected to be back next week against Pueblo County.

"He just rolled his ankle," Panthers coach Al Melo said. "He's OK."

Harrison (7-0, 2-0 3A South Central) proved OK too, even after allowing two long Nico Martin touchdowns in the first six minutes to go down 14-0.

As part of the Panthers' 33-point response, Daymion Richard ran for 126 yards, including a long scamper of 78, and Orlando Westbrook added three touchdowns on the ground.

The Panthers have allowed 65 points in the first half this season, with just 25 after the break.

"The nice part was our kids responded," Melo said. "It's kind of how we've been all year. No one was nervous. We just kind of did our thing."

Bears move to 7-0 with blowout

Palmer Ridge (7-0, 2-0 3A East Metro) also stayed perfect with a 58-0 victory over Denver North (6-1, 1-1) on Saturday.

In a matchup between the two stingiest defenses in Class 3A coming into the weekend, the Bears returned two interceptions for touchdowns, blocked a punt for a score and forced a safety as part of a 51-0 first half.

Palmer Ridge and Harrison are two of the four remaining undefeated teams in 3A. Mead and Erie are also 7-0.

Mesa Ridge wins fourth straight

Ju-wan Edgerton took his turn in the spotlight for Mesa Ridge.

DJ King threw three touchdowns to Edgerton, Jeremiah Doria ran for two scores, and Mesa Ridge scored 40-plus points for the fourth straight game in its 44-14 win over Pueblo Centennial on Saturday.

Last week, John Hubbard-Johnson led the way with two scores on the ground and a pick-six for Grizzlies (5-2, 2-0).

"We're spreading it around and taking what the defense gives us," Mesa Ridge coach Rob Braaten said. "We can hit you a lot of different ways."

Mesa Ridge kept pace with Pine Creek (6-1, 2-0) in a stacked 4A Southern League. The Grizzlies will face Pueblo West (6-1, 1-1) next week.

Kadets softball gets another crack at title

Air Academy is headed back to the state softball tournament after it came just short of making the title game last season.

The one-two pitching punch of Cassidy Horn and Lindsay Holloway combined for two wins as the 19-seed Kadets beat No. 14 D'Evelyn twice in 4A Region 5 tournament to carve out their spot in Aurora next weekend.

"The thing that we have going for us this year that we didn't have last year is we have a dual-pitching combo," Air Academy coach Chris Hernez said. "Cassidy was pretty much it last year."

The Kadets had a rally cut short in the seventh inning of a semifinals loss to Erie last season. It was the first team from the area to advance to the state semifinals since Lewis-Palmer in 2010.

"Are we as good as we were last year? I don't know," Hernez said. "You could make an argument yes and no. We'll see how they respond to the pressure of state."

St. Mary's returns to state softball tournament after 10-year absence

Peyton Richter threw a two-hitter as well as homered for one of her four hits as the St. Mary's Pirates beat Burlington 10-0 in first round of 3A Region 5 to clinch their spot.

Richter struck out nine in a shutout of Cougars and allowed three runs (two earned) in a 3-2 loss to Faith Christian in the region finals. The junior has allowed five earned runs in her past 11 outings.

"She's cut down on her walks and she's been throwing harder for some reason over the last month," St. Mary's coach David Hyland said. "She's been really good."

Richter drove in four runs in two games. The last time the Pirates made the softball tournament was in 2006.