LAKEWOOD — As soon as David Moore III broke through the line on 4th-and-1 from the Chatfield 24 on his way to the end zone, the collective wind was taken out of Chatfield’s sail. The Chargers faithful sitting in the west stands at Jefferson County Stadium on Nov. 26 were silent.
LAKEWOOD — Tyler Callahan hunched down at the 25-yard line. One last time, the Columbine senior was soaking in the atmosphere at Jefferson County Stadium. It wasn’t the way he was hoping his Rebels would end it — a 42-21 defeat to top-seeded Pomona on Nov. 18 in the 5A state quarterfinals — but it was the reality of the situation.
Paul Peronard looks around the wrestling room at Chatfield High School and it’s a bit bare at the moment. That’s in part because the team graduated nine seniors from a year ago and also because of the success of the school’s football program, which is playing in the 4A state semifinals this weekend. But while the team will have a little more than 20 wrestlers this year it’s the quality of those grapplers that stand out.
CHATFIELD CHARGERS Head coach: Steve Schimpeler 2015-16 record: 24-3, 14-0 5A Jeffco League Players to watch: Joe Miks, Sr., G; Mike Vrabel, Sr., G; Alex Beckley, Sr., PG; Titus Reed, Sr., F, Lucas St. Germain, Sr., G.
Following the failure of Jeffco schools' ballot initiatives 3A and 3B — which would have resulted in a $535 million bond issue and generated $33 million annually in increased property taxes — the district says its top priority is keeping the teachers it has by improving compensation.
Ben Frenette rushed for 132 yards and three touchdowns and Dalton Keene and Colton Arne added a score each as second-seeded Chatfield countinued its magical season with a 36-28 road win against Fruita Monument at Stocker Stadium in Grand Junction on Nov. 12.
With the victory, the Chargers (11-1) advanced to the 4A state semifinals where they’ll play host to No. 3 Pine Creek (10-2) on Nov. 18 at Jeffco Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. in Lakewood.