The future of Blazer football looks bright as the Pioneer Ridge seventh and eighth grade varsity teams recently posted perfect 7-0 records and won Frontier League titles.
On the eight grade level, Coach Kevin Collins guided his group through a rugged Frontier League schedule. The season culminated with a convincing 36-0 win over cross town rival Wheatridge in the ‘Battle of the Ridges’ at new Trailblazer stadium Oct 9.
“It’s always a lot of fun to go undefeated,” said Collins. “I am so proud of the boys for their effort and our staff was real blessed to be able to work with such a talented group.”
Pioneer scored first thanks to a 10-yard Jonas Pippitt touchdown run. Jared Highfill added a successful 3-yard run as Pioneer grabbed an 8-0 lead at 5:37 mark of the opening quarter. On ensuing kickoff, Pioneer recovered a fumble and set up an offensive series inside the 30-yard line. Three plays later, Pippitt pounched into the endzone and added a 2-point run as Pioneer owned a 16-0 lead.
Pippitt added his third TD just before the end of the third quarter and the Jags tacked on a 45-yard TD strike from quarterback Kolbee Finnell to Tim Wood to put Pioneer up 30-0 at halftime.
Pioneer took the second half kickoff and marched 66 yards to finalize its scoring. Fine rushing efforts by Highfill and Pippitt set up a Connor Boyt 45 yard run to paydirt.
Speerheading Coach Dave Switzer’s defensive unit were Zach Bass, Boyt, Pippitt, and Nick Salpas and Marshall Carpenter.
It was the same winning story for seventh grade varsity Coach Jeff Davidson and his Jaguar football team. A 32-0 win over Wheatrige at home Oct. 8 capped a perfect 7-0 season.
“The boys worked hard for everything they achieved this year and I am so proud of the effort,” said Davidson. “It was a fun season.”
Pioneer scored on its opening possession driving 45 yards and scoring on a Keegan Michael TD run. Pioneer blocked a WMS punt and two plays later Luke Laskowski scored on a 29 yard reverse. Just before halftime, Tyler Henry added another TD and Pioneer went up 24-0 at halftime.
Laskowski added a third quarter TD and Pioneer held on to post a 32-0 shut out.
Meanwhile, the defense allowed WMS 3 first downs all game and 40 yards of total offense. For the season the defense allowed just 4.5 points per game.
“ I want to thank all the parents and Jag fans supporting the coaches and program this season,” added Davidson. “We are so proud of the JV and varsity teams accomplishments.”