Tigers Pierce the Warriors

November 3, 2018 | Playoffs Round 1 | LPS
#20 Lakewood Tigers versus #13 Arapahoe Warriors
It was a nail bitter in the first half filled with mistakes and missed opportunities on both sides of the ball. Connor Crookham, who needed to leave by 3:15 pm to play a soccer against Fairview on Saturday night, made a 27-yard field goal to give the Arapahoe Warriors an early 3-0 lead. Lakewood left a golden opportunity on the field and missed a field goal. As the sleet and rain came down prior to halftime the Lakewood Tigers got some much needed points on the board on a Kegan Hufford’s 28-yard field goal to tie the game 3-3 as the crowd cleared to the concourse.
As the second half commenced, The Warriors relied on Junior Connor Benson, whom seemed to take control of the game in quarter 3. On a seven-play, 80-yard drive the Warriors had a 10-3 lead, and it looked as if Arapahoe had the momentum. But then Pierce Holley, on a key moment in the game on fourth-and-9 at the Arapahoe 30 darted a pass over the middle to junior wide receiver Keondre Beauty, who bobbled the catch but snared it and bolted into the end zone at 8:38 to make it 10-9 after a wide right PAT attempt by Hufford missed.
Lakewood would dominate the game as they picked apart a porous defense that had four Warriors defenders running into one another and several trying to one arm tackle multiple Tigers. At 3:09 Elias Borjas would snag a 38 yard TD pass from Holley and Tyson Pallatt would cash in on a 2 point conversion for a 17-10 lead that would be the winning drive. As the quarter would come to an end at :22 Holley would dive into the end zone and Hufford would supply the PAT kick to Pierce the Warriors defense again and go up 24-10. In the 4th quarter it became embarrassing as the Tigers would continue to send edge rushers to dominate the passing attempts of Arapahoe that stalled in the second half of the contest. The AHS QB would be sacked 6 times on the afternoon. Eventually Holley would connect with Elias Borjas at the 6:19 mark for his second TD reception of the afternoon and Hufford would add the PAT kick to go up 31-10 and seal the victory.
The key play of the game most likely was the interception by Hufford that would lead to his field goal as the clock expired to end the first half. However, the blocked field goal by Arapahoe and Payne Stiteler will go unnoticed unless you were in attendance or watched the game on video demand.
Lakewood will travel to Eaglecrest on Friday for a 7pm contest while the Warriors will await a HUDL message to turn in their gear and get the season ending banquet information. Meanwhile, AHS kicker Connor Crookham will enjoy more soccer playoffs as he left immediately after the game to assist on a goal that had AHS beat Fairview 1-0 Saturday night to advance in the soccer matches.

Game Stats:
LHS Team
23-1st downs
22 rushes for 37 yards
25/36/333 yards passing with ZERO Ints and 0 TD in 1st half
5/40 penalties
370 yards of total offense
ZERO fumbles lost
#16 Pierce Holley 25/36/333 yards passing with 3 TDs and 0 INT
#3 Elias Borjas 9/133/ 2 TDs
#1 Keondre Beauty 4/105 1 TD
#8 Tyson Pallatt 5/40
#19 Charlie Ross 3/29
#33 Kegan Hufford 3/9
#5 Riley Thompsom 1/16
#33 Kegan Hufford 5/16
#19 Charlie Ross 1/6
#47 Kai Bickner 1/1
#32 JJ Black 1/0
AHS Team
16-1st downs
27 rushes for 83 yards
14/25/160 yards passing with 2 INTs and ZERO TD
5/55 penalties
243 yards of total offense
ZERO fumbles
#6 Kevin Lukasiewicz 14/25/160 yards passing with 2 INTs and ZERO TD (SACKED 6 times)
#15 Max Wilson 4/28
#21 Jalen Thomas 8/97
#4 Connor Benson 1/11
#84 Grant Keefe 1/24
#4 Connor Benson 10/91
#5 Charlie Fetterley 7/40
#6 Kevin Lukasiewicz 10/(-48)
#6 Kevin Lukasiewicz 2/42 average
LHS 0-3-21-7 (31)
AHS 0-3-7-0 (10)

ARAPAHOE Warriors Playoff History
All-time Playoff record: 18-23-0
1 State Championships in 2 appearances
2018 5A First Round L Lakewood 31 Arapahoe 10
2015 5A Second Round L Ralston Valley 21 Arapahoe 3
First Round W Arapahoe 31 Bear Creek 14
2014 5A First Round L Pomona 36 Arapahoe 32
2013 5A First Round L Ralston Valley 58 Arapahoe 28
2012 5A Third Round L Valor Christian 48 Arapahoe 18
Second Round W Arapahoe 17 Horizon 14
First Round W Arapahoe 42 Heritage 7
2011 5A First Round L ThunderRidge 28 Arapahoe 14
2010 5A Second Round L Regis 49 Arapahoe 14
First Round W Arapahoe 56 Denver South 28
2007 5A First Round L Arvada West 19 Arapahoe 14
2006 5A Second Round L Douglas County 30 Arapahoe 9
First Round W Arapahoe 10 Highlands Ranch 7
2005 5A First Round L Bear Creek 14 Arapahoe 3
2004 5A Second Round L Cherry Creek 38 Arapahoe 13
First Round W Arapahoe 27 Rangeview 7
2002 5A First Round L Northglenn 36 Arapahoe 35
2001 5A First Round L Mullen 28 Arapahoe 3
2000 5A Second Round L Bear Creek 48 Arapahoe 12
First Round W Arapahoe 27 Fairview 14
1999 5A Second Round L Ponderosa 32 Arapahoe 7
First Round W Arapahoe 31 Grand Junction 29
1997 5A First Round L Ponderosa 41 Arapahoe 19
1995 5A Second Round L Overland 28 Arapahoe 23
First Round W Arapahoe 43 Widefield 14
1994 5A First Round L Bear Creek 56 Arapahoe 21
1993 6A Second Round L Pomona 24 Arapahoe 14
First Round W Arapahoe 35 Denver East 12
1991 6A Championship L Cherry Creek 14 Arapahoe 0
Semifinals W Arapahoe 16 Horizon 14
Third Round W Arapahoe 24 Rangeview 6
Second Round W Arapahoe 35 Denver North 14
1990 6A Second Round L Montbello 21 Arapahoe 6
First Round W Arapahoe 14 Northglenn 13
1989 4A Second Round L Poudre 13 Arapahoe 7
First Round W Arapahoe 21 Bear Creek 0
1982 4A First Round L Wasson 27 Arapahoe 15
1970 3A Championship W Arapahoe 16 Pueblo Central 13
Semifinals W Arapahoe 15 George Washington 8
Second Round W Arapahoe 42 Lamar 21
1968 3A Second Round L Widefield 14 Arapahoe 0

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