Sep. 16—As part of last week's CU-Nebraska festivities for possible recruits, Fairview junior Jordan Rechel was pictured alongside his former quarterback, Bekkem Kritza, at Folsom Field. Meaning, there may be at least some possibility, even if it's teeny tiny, that the ex-freshmen teammates could reunite as future Buffs teammates under Coach Prime someday.
But that's for another time.
Kritza is now at Miami Central, while Rechel has continued to shine as second-year starting QB Rowan Risner's most dangerous target. This fall, however, it's Rechel's ridiculous production in the RUN game that may be drawing the most eyeballs.
Thursday, he needed just 12 carries to rack up 178 yards and three touchdowns in the Knights' 49-7 home win over Horizon. Efficiency-wise, it was even better than his head-turning Week 1, when he had 125 yards and two scores on nine carries.
For his 410 rushing yards through four games, Rechel is averaging more than 11 yards per touch. Per the stats listed on MaxPreps (as of Saturday morning), nobody with at least 400 rushing yards in 5A has done more per carry.
Through Friday night, area teams went 5-3. Boulder, Mead, Monarch, Niwot and Prospect Ridge were on bye, while Longmont, Justice and our Game of the Week — Erie-vs.-Broomfield — played Saturday.
Fairview 49, Horizon 7: The Knights fell out of the 5A top 10 in the select media poll rankings as a result of No. 8 Valor Christian rallying from a 28-point halftime deficit to beat them last week.
Yesterday's news. They bounced back with a mercy-rule, running-clock victory — one that should put them back in the mix.
In the win, Ben Holly actually trumped Rechel's rushing efficiency with 161 yards and a score on eight carries. Wyatt Keegan returned a fumble for a score
Fairview (3-1) is on the road at Douglas County Friday.
Holy Family 46, Mountain View 28: Rylan Cooney threw for 254 yards and had four total touchdowns as the 3A No. 3 Tigers (3-0) remained perfect on the season.
Through three games, the senior dual-threat quarterback has five passing TDs to just one interception, and has rushed for 274 yards and six scores.
In their latest win, Dominic Gabriel added a career-high 136 rushing yards and two touchdowns — his second 100-yard game on the ground this year.
Holy Family, which will likely stay put in the select media poll rankings this week, will look to climb with a win at No. 2 Roosevelt Friday.
Lyons 48, Merino 18: The Lions (4-0) haven't let up through their perfect start.
Miles Dumbauld threw for 198 yards and three scores on 7-of-9 passing, and added another three TDs on the ground.
In four games this fall, he's thrown for 523 yards with no interceptions. He's run for 381 — 20.1 per touch — with eight scores, and also has a pick-six.
Malik Sigg-Brown added a rushing TD in the win, scoring on the ground for a fifth straight game dating back to last season.
Lyons, fourth in the polls' 8-man rankings, has a bye before they're at No. 7 Byers Sept. 29.
Centaurus 42, Hinkley 13: Chance Wood threw for three scores, Jack Parana caught two of them and scored on a kick return, and the Warriors' offense came alive after scoring just seven points in each of the last two weeks.
Addisu McCormick added 84 yards and two scores on the ground for Centaurus (2-2), which is at Palmer Friday. Gage Mutz caught Woods' other TD pass.
Frederick 48, Silver Creek 7: Quarterback Gavin Ishmael kept the 3A passing lead through Week 4, throwing for about 350 yards and four scores before he was relieved early in the third quarter.
Even better for him, the Golden Eagles (1-3) got their first win of the season after opening the season with losses to Holy Family, Monarch and Scottsbluff (Nebraska) — all of which are still undefeated.
Cole Rogers scored on a 51-yard run in the first quarter for Silver Creek (1-3), which suffered its worst loss since 2019.
Frederick is at Fort Morgan Friday, while Silver Creek is at Greeley West.
Backyard football: Frederick's Ishmael throws for 350 before sitting; Golden Eagles beat Silver Creek
Mountain Vista 55, Legacy 17: Kylan Studebaker tallied another explosive play — a 67-yard TD reception — but the Lightning lost big.
The senior returned a fumble 95 yards for a score in Week 2's loss to Cherry Creek, then took the opening kickoff for a 97-yard score in a win over Rocky Mountain last week.
Legacy (1-3) hosts Legend Friday.
Vista PEAK Prep 41, Skyline 20: The Falcons (0-4) are winless despite scoring at least three times in each of their four games.
They face Longmont at Everly-Montgomery Field Friday.