Colorado Prep Football Rewind, Week 11: Recapping the first round of the 5A playoffs

Welcome to another edition of the Colorado Prep Football Rewind.

With the state playoffs officially underway, we’re going to go about things a bit differently this week and break out of the usual format. Now, for a rundown of some of the biggest stories, highlights and tidbits from across the state from Week 11.

Find all the scores here on The Post’s prep football scoreboard.

Class 5A playoff rundown

No. 16 ThunderRidge 17, No. 17 Lakewood 6: The Grizzlies (7-4) avenged a regular-season loss to Lakewood behind a strong defensive effort, one blocked punt and a pair of touchdown runs from quarterback Brent Huber. With Lakewood QB Jason Duong knocked out of the game in the first half, the Tigers (5-6) struggled to move the ball and didn’t find the end zone until the third quarter on a six-yard Dylan Ladd run. Next up: No. 1 Cherry Creek (10-0).

No. 9 Cherokee Trail 35, No. 24 Fountain-Fort Carson 17: Running back Julian Williams scored four touchdowns as the Cougars (8-3) raced out to a 35-3 lead through three quarters at Legacy Stadium and never looked back. Quarterback Jayden Lavigne hooked up with Kaden Bing for CT’s other touchdown, according to Dan Mohrmann’s CHSAANow report. Both Trojans (3-8) touchdowns came in the fourth quarter. Next up: No. 8 Fairview (9-1).

No. 13 Highlands Ranch 59, No. 20 Doherty 7: The Falcons scored the first 38 points of the game to cruise past the Spartans (3-8) at Shea Stadium. With the win, Highlands Ranch (5-6) remains unbeaten against unranked opponents this year. Next up: No. 4 Regis Jesuit (10-0).

No. 15 Arapahoe 17, No. 18 Castle View 7: Xavier Harrell had a nine-yard touchdown run in the first half and the Warriors (7-4) defense kept the Sabercats (6-5) out of the end zone until 3:54 to go in the fourth quarter. That included a defensive stand late in the third quarter inside their own 10-yard-line. The win, which avenged a Week 2 loss at Castle View, marked the fifth time this season Arapahoe has held an opponent to single-digit scoring. Next up: No. 2 Ralston Valley (10-0).

No. 10 Eaglecrest 34, No. 23 Legacy 31: The upset-minded Lightning (3-8) gave Eaglecrest (8-3) all it could handle, taking a 31-27 lead with 6:15 left in the third quarter. David Creal scored the last of two rushing touchdowns after that to put the Raptors ahead for good, and a Legacy field goal attempt to tie the game was no good with 8:40 remaining. Raptors quarterback Max Marsh threw touchdown passes to three different receivers, including an 80-yard hookup with Langston Williams, who also had an interception. Here’s the story from CHSAANow’s Mohrmann. Next up: No. 7 Grandview (8-2)

No. 19 Mountain Vista 24, No. 14 Mullen 16: Grant Shells picked off a pass and returned it for a touchdown, and Jacob Barrett hooked up with Carter Ortega on a scoring pass to help the Golden Eagles (4-7) take a 24-9 lead with 2:43 left in the third quarter. Mullen mounted a rally with Ben Marcoux hauling in an 81-yard touchdown pass at the end of the third, but the Mustangs would get not closer. Next up: No. 3 Valor Christian (9-1).