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Football: Frederick scores late to upset Discovery Canyon

Warriors get revenge from last year’s playoffs, reach semis for first time since 2011

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    Frederick's Riley Dufour, center, makes a tackle during a Class 3A playoff game against Discovery Canyon on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019 in Colorado Springs.

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    Frederick's Tyler Weston, right, runs past the lines and into open field during a Class 3A playoff game against Discovery Canyon on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019.

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    Dylan Sindelar, of Frederick, runs through a couple of Discovery Canyon would-be tacklers during a Class 3A playoff game on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019.

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    Frederick's Brandon Hornby, left, catches a lateral pass from Jake Green against Discovery Canyon during a Class 3A quarterfinal playoff game on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019 in Colorado Springs.

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    Frederick's Brandon Hornby, right, tries to get out of the grasp of Discovery Canyon's Nate Rose after intercepting a pass in a Class 3A football game Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019 in Colorado Springs.

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    Frederick's Jacob Green, center, pounds the ground for a few yards rushing against Discovery Canyon on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019.

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    Frederick's Brandon Hornby hauls in a pass reception during a Class 3A playoff football game against Discovery Canyon on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019 in Colorado Springs.

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    Frederick's Riley Dufour, center, pursues Discovery Canyon's Kevin Frye during their Class 3A quarterfinal playoff game on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019 in Colorado Springs.

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    Frederick's Luke Dunker, right, watches his kick sail through the uprights during a Class 3A semifinal against Discovery Canyon on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019 in Colorado Springs.

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COLORADO SPRINGS – There was plenty of potential for high drama when the No. 6 Frederick football team traveled to District 20 Stadium to take on No. 3 Discovery Canyon in the Class 3A state quarterfinals on Saturday.

It was a rematch of last year’s first round, in which Discovery Canyon eliminated the Warriors with a 34-31 double-overtime defeat. Both teams were seeking a return to the semifinals, and for Frederick that happened last in 2011. On top of that, it turned out to be an excellent game that came down to the wire.

But in a tie game with 22.8 seconds left, quarterback Jake Green launched a deep pass to Blake Duran, who caught the ball, shook a tackler and ran the final 45 yards of what was a 77-yard touchdown that sealed a 32-25 win for the Frederick Warriors. It was a stunning end to a matchup that certainly lived up to its billing.

“It was an amazing game and the fact that we have the best record in school history is just the best feeling in the world,” Duran said.

With two of the state’s top scoring offenses going head-to-head, the defenses played well in a 57-point game between teams that average over 40 apiece. Green accounted for nearly 400 yards of total offense and all three Frederick touchdowns. Discovery Canyon’s trio of Marshall Pike, who scored all three of the Thunder’s touchdowns, Kevin Frye and Christian Call combined for over 300 rushing yards.

Frederick’s Luke Dunker gave the Warriors (11-1) a 17-15 halftime lead with a 48-yard field goal midway through the third quarter. That lead disappeared when a pair of third-quarter Warriors turnovers led to 10 unanswered points for Discovery Canyon (10-2). The Warriors defense forced a turnover on downs with 5:07 left in the fourth quarter and the offense drove 63 yards on a nine-play drive that ended with a goal-line dive by Green and a two-point run from Dominik Schleif that tied the game.

The defense forced another punt and then Green and connected with Duran for the game-winner three plays later. On the play, Warriors head coach Travis Peeples said the goal was to set up a long field goal opportunity for Dunker. It just worked out far better than expected.

“A couple things in the second half didn’t go our way,” Peeples said. “We had that interception and then we had the fumble, and that’s not like us. But our kids clawed back and when we needed big plays, we got them. At the end we knew if we could get to the 50 or the 40, our kicker can kick them 60 to 65 yards. But Jake made the throw, he made the catch, their kid tripped and we scored. The whole thing was unbelievable.”

Frederick, which entered Saturday’s quarterfinals leading the state in rushing yards and points scored, will play No. 2 Pueblo South (11-1) in the semifinals next weekend.

“Our kids just wanted this really bad,” Peeples said. “These kids deserve it, our school deserves it, and we’re going to represent the St. Vrain Storm.”