Knights’ football season ends with 41-14 loss to Columbine
Fairview couldn’t pull off the biggest upset of the year in 5A football, but the Knights did put up a valiant effort against top ranked Columbine.
The Knights started slow and went into halftime down 28-0. Columbine tacked on another touchdown in the third quarter to increase their lead to 35-0. However, the Knights wouldn’t go down without a fight.
After Columbine’s fifth touchdown of the night, the Knights drove down the field and capped off their drive with a 10 yard touchdown pass from quarterback Michael McVenes to Sam Martin. McVenes then converted a two point coversion to Cole Scheifele to narrow the gap to 35-8.
The Knights proceeded to line up in an onside kick formation; forcing Columbine to burn a timeout to set up their onside kick formation. After the timeout, Fairview kicked it about 25 yards in hopes of recovering the ball, but several Knights were flagged for jumping to early off the line. Finally, kicker Patrick Rios kicked a traditional onside kick, and the ball was recovered by Cameron Frazier at the 34 yard libe after the ball deflected off several players from both teams.
With some momentum on their side, the Knights opted to throw it deep on the next play. McVenes threw the ball in double coverage to Martin, and the sophomore wideout rose up to make a spectacular catch and stiff armed one defender before sprinting to the endzone for a 64 yard score. The Fairview sideline and crowd went nuts, however the Knights failed on their two point conversion, so the Knights remained down three touchdowns.
Fairview decided to kick the ball off to the Rebels, and Fairview’s hope was dwindling as Columbine was driving at the beginning of the fourth quarter. The Rebels made it all the way to the 15 yard line, and they looked ready to punch in another touchdown. But,the Knights defense came up with a botched pitch and gave hope to continue their season.
Fairview’s drive stalled at midfield, and they turned the ball over on downs. Columbine closed the game out with another touchdown, and 32 Fairview seniors’ careers ended at Recht Field.
The Knights had an exciting season with a thrilling first round victory against Regis, however they could not continue their magic against Columbine.