LAFAYETTE -- It's as if the Silver Creek football team never left.
After two years of struggling in Class 4A, the Raptors returned to 3A this season and seem to have picked up right where they left off in 2013.
After a state title and two runner-up finishes in their last three full seasons in 3A before jumping to 4A, Silver Creek is dominating again in the Triple-A ranks.
Despite a less-than-stellar first half, Friday night's 34-7 victory at Centaurus kept the Raptors' record for 2016 perfect. That means that over its last four seasons in 3A, Silver Creek has cranked out a sterling 42-7 record.
The Raptors, ranked No. 2 in Class 3A, improved to 8-0 this season, including 3-0 in the 3A Northern League.
"It feels really good," said senior Karl Olson, who had two of Silver Creek's six sacks on Friday, giving the Raptors 21 for the season. "We worked really hard in the offseason as a team. As we're here now at 8-0, we have places to get better and improve, but we have a great defense and a great offense. We just need to put it together and keep going."
And next Friday's game against rival Longmont figures to go a long way toward determining the 3A Northern League champion.
"We're really happy to be in a position where we play our intra-city rival for a chance at a conference title," said coach Mike Apodaca, whose Raptores have won every game this season by double digits. "Compared to where we've been the last two years it's a great place to be."
But there are still some areas that could use considerable improvement. No. 1 on the list from Friday was 150 yards in penalties.
"Outrageous," Apodaca said. "I hope we learn from it that we're not good enough just to show up and beat whoever we want."
Silver Creek broke out to a 13-0 lead, but Apodaca made a change at quarterback in the second quarter, replacing senior starter Dylan Ordway with junior Collin Black. The latter completed his first three passes, making him 10-for-10 for the season before his first incompletion.
At the beginning of the second half, Apodaca went back to Ordway under center, and Silver Creek scored TDs the first two times it had the ball, with Ordway connecting with Joe Roth-Bogrett for a 65-yard TD pass on the third play from scrimmage of the third quarter.
Then it was back to Black in the fourth quarter.
"I thought Dylan needed to clean his head a little and see it from a different angle," Apodaca said. "And part of it also was getting Collin some time."
Centaurus couldn't get much going offensively until QB Shaquille Ebadi hit fellow senior Dylan Serlin with a 44-yard TD pass over the middle with 15.9 seconds left before intermission. That cut Silver Creek's lead to 13-7 at halftime. But that was as close as the Warriors would get the rest of the way. They dropped to 3-5 and 0-3 after suffering their fourth loss in their last five games, with this defeat coming on senior night in CHS' home finale.
Centaurus has certainly run the gauntlet in October. In their three games this month, they've lost to current 3A No. 5 Fort Morgan, current No. 7 Longmont and now current No. 2 Silver Creek. Friday was CHS' final regular-season home game.
Next week, while Silver Creek hosts Longmont on Friday night, Centaurus is at Thompson Valley that same night.
Silver Creek 34, Centaurus 7
At CentaurusSilver Creek 7 6 14 7 — 34
Centaurus 0 7 0 0 — 7
Silver Creek — Joe Roth-Bogrett 22 pass from Dylan Ordway (Coltan Grabau kick).
Silver Creek — Grabau 43 FG. Silver Creek — Grabau 27 FG. Centaurus — Dylan Serlin 44 pass from Shaquille Ebadi (Nick Gomez kick).
Silver Creek — Roth-Bogrett 65 pass from Ordway (Khari Harrison pass from George Ramirez). Silver Creek — Ramirez 1 run (kick fail).
Silver Creek — TJ Blazon 24 pass from Collin Black (Grabau kick).
RUSHING — Silver Creek: Knechtel 23-82, Ramirez 5-60, Ordway 5-19, Warn 3-16, Harrison 1-2, Hartman 1-(-2), Black 1-(-7). Centaurus: Losasso 5-19, Post 1-2, Silver 5-1, Ebadi 6-(-44).
PASSING — Silver Creek: Ordway 11-18-0-140, Black 5-8-0-99, Ramirez 0-1-0-0. Centaurus: Ebardi 17-38-1-186.
RECEIVING — Silver Creek: Blazon 7-90, Harrison 5-41, Roth-Bogrett 3-97, Allman 1-5. Centaurus: Serlin 6-84, Aguilar 3-28, Silver 3-(-2), Dickson 2-26, Mendoza 2-21, Losasso 1-29.