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About last night: Week 8 in prep football

Centaurus’ Ben Mischke is area’s first 1,000-yard rusher this fall

Monarch High School's Griffyn Weber (No. ...
Monarch High School’s Griffyn Weber (No. 22) misses the ball during the game against Longmont High School at Everly-Montgomery Field in Longmont on Friday, Oct. 14, 2022. Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer)

Centaurus running back Ben Mischke is doing something the school hasn’t seen since before Instagram.

Coach Andy Hampton sure seems to “Like” it.

On Thursday, the junior became the first player in the program to rush for 1,000 yards on the ground in at least 15 years, per the coach. He crossed the mark with two regular-season games remaining, totaling 270 yards on the ground in a 42-32 win over Thornton.

Hampton said a big reason for Mischke’s milestone has been the team’s sturdy play on the offensive line (Jesus Antunez, Jason Rodriguez-Cardoza, Renzo Waschak, Xavier Valentin-Bradford, Kade Martinez). Opening giant lanes for the backfield in their latest win, the group has led a rushing attack that has averaged six yards per carry this season.

In Week 8, teams in the coverage area went a combined 8-6 through Friday night. Holy Family, Lyons and Justice all played Saturday.

Thursday night

Centaurus 42, Thornton 32: Mischke’s 270-yard performance on the ground helped snap a two-game slide for the Warriors (4-4, 3-1 Class 4A League 8).

Ryan Tran added rushing touchdowns of 22 and 8 yards on his only two carries of the night. Chance Wood hooked up with Ethan Roeder for a TD for the second time this fall. Roeder has three TD receptions on the year.

Centaurus, a game back of the league lead, is at Widefield Friday.

Mead 45, Denver North 0: Taylon Adler threw three long touchdowns, two to Sean Medlock, and the Mavericks (2-5, 1-1 3A League 6) snapped a five-game losing streak in a shutout win over Denver North (4-3, 0-2).

Adler, who came in with four passing TDs on the year, connected for touchdown throws of 36 and 35 to Medlock in the opening quarter, then had another of 55 yards to Ty Olson before the half. Medlock now has five receiving TDs, Olson two.

On the ground, Danny Brewington added a pair of 1-yard scores to give him six rushing scores on the year. Cole Michaelis had another, kicking in the state’s mercy-rule running clock in the third quarter with his fourth of the year.

Mead’s shutout win was its first since blanking Northridge in the third week of 2021.

The Mavericks are on the road at Niwot Oct. 22.

Frederick 42, Riverdale Ridge 14: Gavin Ishmael threw for two touchdowns, Cruz Zamudio and River Lakey also had two scores, and the Warriors (5-2, 2-0 3A League 6) have won four straight.

Lakey sandwiched rushing scores of 6 and 11 yards between Kemarly Davy’s 7-yard score in the opening half.

Ishmael then connected with Zamudio for a 45-yard score midway through the third and hit Teagun Boen for a 3-yard TD early in the fourth.

Zamudio’s seventh rushing touchdown of the fall capped things.

The Golden Eagles are home against Denver North Friday.

Erie 53, Silver Creek 15: Blake Barnett had four total touchdowns and the Tigers (4-4, 2-0 4A League 2) won their second straight game in league play. He threw for three scores and ran for another, totaling eight TDs over the past two weeks.

Gavin Lusk added a rushing TD of 80 yards and a receiving score of 56. Trey Khanna also had a TD on the ground and through the air.

Maddax Schaefer had a safety for Silver Creek (3-5, 1-2), while Cole Rogers scored his ninth rushing TD of the season.

Erie is at Longmont Friday. Silver Creek is at Greeley Central Thursday.

George Washington 35, Niwot 7: Since starting the season 3-1, the Cougars (3-4, 0-2 3A League 6) have lost three straight. Tied at 7 early, the Patriots closed on a 28-0 run.

They’ll face Mead for the first time in seven years next Saturday.

Loveland 57, Skyline 0:  The 4A No. 3 Red Wolves (7-1, 3-0 4A League 1) have been dismantling teams since their Week 1 loss to Fossil Ridge.

Skyline (4-4, 0-2) came in scoring 27 or more points in its last four games. It will travel to Grand Junction Central Thursday.

Friday night

Legacy 40, Mullen 0: Winners of six straight, the No. 10 Lightning (6-2, 3-0) are nearing a 5A League 2 title.

Another of the area’s biggest breakout stars, Kullen Lerma, threw for two touchdowns and rushed for another two against Mullen. He finished 9-of-15 passing for 135 yards and needed just 12 carries to net 111 on the ground.

Tyler Anderson, a week after tying the school record with four rushing touchdowns, added 86 yards and a score on the ground. Jake Hayes had another rushing TD and Tyler Madden and Will Thurston each caught one.

The Lightning’s defense had four interceptions, three in the first quarter.

Legacy can clinch a league title at home against Horizon Friday.

Longmont 22, Monarch 20: The second rushing TD of the night from bruising running back Cole Gaddis came on the last play of the first half, giving the Trojans a commanding two-touchdown lead.

Monarch nearly spoiled it. Asher Ewing threw for three scores, two in the second half, but the Coyotes missed a game-winning field goal with 44 seconds remaining.

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Broomfield 56, Adams City 0: Quarterback Cole LaCrue gave Colorado Buffaloes football fans something to be excited for — a rare feat these days — when he tweeted out that he’ll be visiting Boulder this weekend.

As a prelude to it, the 4A No. 2 Eagles (8-0, 2-0 4A League 7) led 42-0 by the half and dominated once again to stay perfect on the season.

Broomfield is at home against Fruita Monument Friday.

Fairview 54, Fort Collins 14: Playing Fort Collins for the first time since 2009, the Knights (7-1, 3-0 5A League 3) won their fifth straight.

On homecoming night, Fairview led 34-7 at half and kicked in the state’s mercy rule running clock in the third quarter.

The Knights can clinch a league title with a win over Fossil Ridge Friday.

Poudre 41, Boulder 3: The Impalas scored 20 points in the first quarter and 21 in the fourth to hand Boulder (1-7, 0-3 5A League 3) its seventh straight loss.

The Panthers are at Rocky Mountain Friday.

Valley 31, Prospect Ridge Academy 6: The Miners (1-6, 0-3 2A League 1) lost their fourth straight.

PRA is home against D'Evelyn Oct. 22.