ARVADA -- Wayne Voorhees had a plan for Legacy football Thursday night. The coach aimed to have his team establish the run, slowly chip away at Ralston Valley and stage Legacy's biggest upset of the season.

Much to Voorhees' chagrin, none of the above came to fruition.

What did instead was one of his team's worst losses of the season, with the third-ranked Mustangs running loose over the Lightning. Ralston Valley passed, ran and downright dominated Legacy, walking out of the North Area Athletic Complex with a 44-6 win.

"They executed and we didn't," Voorhees said. "We didn't get anything going offensively and they moved the ball all over the field."

The highlight for Legacy (4-5, 3-2 North Metro League) came late, when Ralston Valley (8-1, 5-0) had the game well in hand. Drew Hebel came up with a 94-yard kick return 3 minutes into the third quarter. While the Legacy defensive back felt it gave his team a spark for a moment, he was also realistic about its consequences.

"Things had turned sour for us right before my return, when they scored (their fifth touchdown)," said Hebel, who also had an interception on the night.

The Mustangs unleashed their entire offensive stable, but one Ralston Valley player bucked Legacy hardest. Jacob Knipp finished the night with 222 total yards and accounted for five Mustangs touchdowns.


The quarterback was devastating to start the game, giving Ralston Valley a 30-0 lead by halftime, passing for three touchdowns and running one in. Even though the Lightning understood what sort of weapons the Mustangs brought to the field, Hebel still said it was a shock.

"I can't believe we lost a bad as we did; most years we have been able to hang with them," he said. "Usually, they've only beat us by six, if that."

The season-ending loss hurt, especially with Legacy collecting only 90 total offensive yards. But Voorhees does not believe it should put the Lightning's bid for a berth in the Class 5A playoffs at jeopardy.

"We have a long way to slide to actually be out," the coach said. "Some big-time upsets would have to go down, like a Hinkley beating the one-seed in their league or something."

In the same breath, Voorhees said Thursday's loss did little to help his team prep for the impending postseason.

"Hopefully our kids are going to rebound," he said. "It's 0-0 now and we'll see what we can do."

While Hebel aims to shake off the Ralston Valley loss, he also believes it could prime his team for the playoffs. The defensive back was sure a loss as tough as Thursday's, would remind the Lightning exactly what they need to do to win.

"It was a wake-up call," he said.

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At North Area Athletic Complex

Legacy (4-5, 3-2) 0 0 6 0 -- 6

Ralston Valley (8-1, 5-0) 14 16 14 0 -- 44


First Quarter

Ralston Valley -- Spencer Svejar 45 pass from Jacob Knipp (pass failed).

Ralson Valley -- Jacob Buys 11 pass from Knipp (Keenan Gibson pass from Knipp).

Second Quarter

Ralston Valley -- Andrew Wingard 24 pass from Knipp (Wingard run).

Ralston Valley -- Knipp 7 run (Knipp run).

Third Quarter

Ralston Valley -- Andrew Wingard (Collin Root kick).

Legacy -- Drew Hebel 94 kick return (kick failed).

Ralston Valley -- Mike Dell 12 pass from Knipp (Root kick).


First downs 5 17

Rushes-yards 23-71 46-259

Passing yards 19 204

Comp-Att-Int 1-12-1 13-22-1

Fumbles-Lost 3-1 1-0

Penalties-Yards 3-25 3-35


RUSHING -- Legacy: Paris 16-71, Bublitz 2-6, Yoshihara 3-(-22), McCall 1-12, McWee 1-4; Ralston Valley: Wingard 9-41, Gonzales 12-130, Buys 9-33, Knipp 6-18, Morales 1-7, Svejcar 1-4, Day 1-3, Clark 1-0, Escobar 4-18, Vessa 2-5.

PASSING (comp-att-int-yards) -- Legacy: Yoshihara 1-11-1, 19 yards, Straface 0-1-0, 0 yards; Ralston Valley: Knipp 13-22-1, 204 yards.

RECEIVING -- Legacy: Paris 1-19; Ralston Valley: Morales 2-36, Svejar 1-45, Wingard 1-24, Buys 1-11, Gonzales 2-19, Price 4-56, Hoffman 1-12.