Class 5A quarterfinals: Trey Stott scores three times as No. 2 Valor Christian’s “creative” offense runs past No. 7 Regis Jesuit – The Denver Post

HIGHLANDS RANCH — Even in frigid temperatures, one of the state’s most consistent offenses caught fire for a third consecutive week.

Valor Christian’s Trey Stott found the end zone three times and the defense forced four turnovers as the No. 2 seed Eagles avenged a Week 1 loss with a 45-28 win over No. 7 Regis Jesuit in the Class 5A state football quarterfinals Friday night at Valor Stadium.

Scott, a senior two-way player at defensive back and wide receiver, showed something else Friday, his churning ability running the football. All three scores came from inside the 5-yard line.

He helped Valor reach a fourth semifinal in the last five seasons, and the Eagles will host the winner of No. 3 Ralston Valley or No. 6 Columbine next Saturday at 1 p.m. after scoring 40 points for the third week in a row.

“We’re really creative,” Stott said. “The coaches do a lot of research and it helps us in the long run and just being creative has helped us a lot. We’re just getting after it and I think all of them show what the coaches have in their minds and we just execute.”

The Raiders (7-5) were looking to reach the semifinals for the first time since 2016. Even though the team put up 28 points and hung with Valor for the first half, costly turnovers were too much to overcome.

“We put ourselves in the hole four different times with four turnovers and stalled out. That can’t happen,” Regis head coach Danny Filleman said. “Still, I’m proud of the group. We battled all year and had one of the toughest schedules in Colorado. I told them after the game that this group is the epitome of a brotherhood. They played for each other.”

Regis fumbled on its opening drive, but three plays later, struck first with a 33-yard pick-six touchdown by cornerback Josiah Harris to make it 7-0. Harris also had a takeaway the last time the teams met in a Week 1 overtime thriller.

The Eagles methodically marched back down on their next drive and responded with a 15-yard score from Gabe Sawchuk on a 7-play drive to knot it at 7-7.

In the second quarter, both offenses ratcheted up the heat. After a field goal, the Eagles were able to extend the lead with a seven-play, 85-yard drive capped off by Stott to make it 17-7.

Both teams then scored in quick succession, as Albert Medina capped off a long 9-play drive on a 10-yard score, only for Valor to hit back with four-play drive that resulted in Stott’s second score from inside the five-yard line to make 24-14

Late in the half, Exander Caroll cut the deficit to a one-score game with a plunge from a yard out, despite bobbling the football. It made it 24-21 and even with a two-minute drill, Valor’s Hail Mary attempt fell short and the teams went into halftime for a one-score game.

In the second half, the Eagles used a dizzying amount of play styles and controlled the line of scrimmage and sustained long drives, as the defense recorded a second interception in the third quarter and took a 31-21 lead heading into the last frame.

In the fourth, Valor piled it on with a pair of touchdowns, including Stott’s third from close range with under two minutes remaining to put the game to bed.

Six-foot-5, 295-pound senior offensive lineman Tanner Morley said the win was emblematic of the Valor way — fun and dominant.

“While we know we put in the work to get here, the job’s not finished,” Morley said “… There’s no stopping our offense, especially our run game. We’ve got size and strength up front and we’ve got some fast dudes like Trey.

“We have a lot of fun out there and, like, I can’t imagine the scout team that other opponents have to do just to read our offense.”

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