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Columbine clips Chaparral

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Rebels advance to quarterfinals

By Dan Johnson

PARKER - The Columbine Rebels are headed to the Class 5A state football quarterfinals after a 21-13 victory over Chaparral on Nov. 14 at Burt.com Stadium.

The 10th-seeded Rebels trailed the No. 7 Wolverines 13-7 at halftime, but dominated both sides of the ball in the second half to earn the upset victory. Columbine’s defense forced a pair of fumbles and twice stopped Chaparral on downs inside the Rebels’ 30-yard-line. Demetrius McDondle scored twice in the second half, the first with 6 minutes, 4 seconds to play in the third from a yard out that proved to be the game-winning score. McDondle gave Columbine a bit of breathing room with a 21-yard run with 2:14 to play that put his team up by eight. Backfield mate Phil Romero scored Columbine’s lone first half touchdown and finished with a team-high 112 yards on 19 carries. Columbine will face Fairview in the quarterfinals.   To read a complete report from this game, see the Nov. 18 edition of the Columbine Courier.